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You never understand how devastating a break-in can be, until it happens to you. That’s why Amherst Alarm strives to keep you aware of ways to keep valuables concealed, and prevent you from falling victim to burglary. Protect your family with these easy home security steps:
Avoid the Usual Places
When a burglary occurs, the intruders are interested in getting in and out as quickly as possible. Therefore, they’ll be looking in the usual places to find easy-to-steal valuables such as expensive jewelry. A jewelry box or a dresser drawer is one of the first targets for burglars. Avoid obvious hiding spots.
Control Viewing Possibilities
During the day, it’s difficult for people to see in your home. However, once the sun sets, anyone outside can easily see in your windows when your lights are on, and you can’t see them unless you peer out. One home security measure you can take is to hang curtains that can be closed during the evening. This prevents potential burglars from monitoring your activities and staking out the home in preparation for a quick burglary.
Don’t Keep Large Sums of Cash At Home
We all need savings in the event of unexpected emergencies or expenses. However, that should never be in the form of large sums of cash in your home. Not only can it be easily stolen, but it can be difficult to prove to your insurance company and even harder to recover. Keep all your cash saved in your bank; banks are insured, and you won’t have to worry about the wrong person finding your stash.
Consider Your Passwords
In today’s highly technological world, thieves aren’t confined to traditional robberies; they can achieve them behind the screen of a computer or other device. Hackers can be difficult to track down, and, every year, they incur costs of more than $445 billion. In order to ensure your virtual assets and information are protected:
- Change your passwords regularly
- Include numbers and special characters
- Don’t use the same password or similar variations for all accounts
An Ounce of Prevention
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this old adage certainly rings true when it comes to home security. Every year, an estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occur in the United States alone. While we like to think it could never happen to us, if you fail to put up advanced safeguards, you increase your chances of becoming an unfortunate statistic.
According to the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation, “an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to the would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglaries to nearby homes. Neighborhoods in which burglar alarms were densely installed have fewer incidents of residential burglaries than the neighborhoods with fewer burglar alarms.”
By following these convenient tips, in addition to arming your home security system, you can be on your way to giving your possessions the best protection against theft.
Give us a call today at (716) 632-4600 to learn more about how you can start protecting your home and family today.