Sentech Security – Fruitland, Maryland – Delmarva Peninsula
Unfortunately, there are crooks all over the place trying to steal your identity or personal property whenever they see an opportunity.
Justin Senter, owner of Sentech Security & Communications says that in the United States, a home is burglarized every 15 seconds and burglaries occurred most frequently between noon and 4 pm. Justin adds that no one was present in the residence during 80% of the burglaries.
Justin gives us 10 tips to keep your home safe:
- Make sure all exterior doors are in good shape and that the locks are in good working order. Push button style door handle locks are very easy for a burglar to break into. All exterior doors should have a deadbolt installed on them for the best protection. Sliding doors are the most vulnerable. There are a variety of special locks available for these.
- No matter where you live or how safe you think your neighborhood is, lock your car while it is in your driveway. In addition, anything of value should be removed or placed out of site.
- Keep the bushes around the house trimmed to prevent hiding spaces. Tall bushes make for perfect cover and allow burglars to work on breaking into windows from a hidden spot. In addition, tall bushes could also give someone a please to set up an ambush for you when you get home.
- Do not place empty boxes of high value items, such as electronics, on the curb for trash pick-up. These boxes are like advertising for burglars. Break them down and make sure they are out of site in your garbage or take them to the nearest recycling center.
- Light it up! Make sure all exterior lighting is operational. Exterior lights should have dusk to dawn sensors and/or motion sensors. It is also a good idea to leave a small light on inside, that can be seen from the street, such as a foyer or lamp in the family room.
- If you are going on vacation; make sure to put a hold on your mail and newspaper and set timers for lights and a radio in your home. The new home burglar alarm systems actually have automation built-in. So you can set light timers right from your smart phone. Remember, we are trying to make it look like someone is there. If you can, get a family member or close friend to check on things while you are gone. If you have a trusted neighbor, inform them of your travel plans and what types of vehicles will be coming and going from the home. I know this is difficult, but save the social media posts about vacations until after you get home. Do you trust every friend of a friend on Facebook? Don’t advertise that you are going to be away.
- Move any projectiles. Must burglars are don’t tote around an bunch of tools. They check for open doors 1st then resort to other measures. Any loose bricks or pavers should be moved to prevent someone from using them to break glass.
- If you live in a 2-story home, Store your ladders inside or lock them up with chain and pad lock. Having a ladder laying on the side of the garage or house gives a burglar an invitation to your upstairs windows.
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
- An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market. If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them. If you do not have an alarm and would like to learn more about what they can do, give us a call, we provide FREE low pressure consultations. 410-546-0046 or http://sentechsc.com/security/contact-us/