Your home isn't just your place for comfort and relaxation, it is also a safe haven. Is your home as safe as you think? The answer might surprise you. Most homeowners take initiative to protect their home from intruders and burglaries, but the reality is that many of them are actually leaving the door open to these individuals. Don't fall prey to these security pitfalls.
Unsafe Social Media Activity
Keeping your home safe should stay on your mind even when you're engaging in social media activity. Even if you're trying to be smart by not posting about your upcoming vacation, simply mentioning that you're about to head out for a run can also be dangerous. Any time you let the world know that you won't be home, you open the door for an intruder.
Whether it's a neighbor, associate, or even a coworker, the chilling reality is that home break-ins aren't always committed by the hands of a stranger. Analyze every statement before you post it to consider if it puts your home, or even your personal safety, in jeopardy.
Unsecured Tools Outside
Never leave tools outside. Sure, it's convenient to keep your tools outside so that you can easily access them. However, doing so simply helps the intruder. That back door that they were having a hard time accessing will no longer be a roadblock when they grab a tool from your bin.
The same is true when it comes to ladders. A number of homeowners often neglect to lock their upstairs windows because they don't exactly expect anyone to climb up. However, leaving a ladder outside offers convenient access. Even if space is limited in your garage, find the room to keep your tools stored inside.
Poor Waste Disposal Practices
Most people recognize the importance of disguising their garbage during the holiday season. Don't overlook the importance of this practice all year long. All year long, your garbage is basically a weekly update of your home's inventory. The seemingly innocent vehicle passing down the block might actually be looking at your trash.
If you simply toss out your iMac, flat screen television or surround sound box, an intruder will know they've hit the goldmine. Invest in dark colored trash bags that you can place these items inside when you put your trash out.
The more you work towards protecting your home, the safer you will be. Make certain you're avoiding these common mistakes. For more information, contact local professionals like Maffey's Security Group.