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Home Security – Top Tips For Your Safety


Your home is one of your most valuable possessions, along with everything inside. It is a place you want to feel safe and secure from the potential dangers of the outside world. Let MX Locksmith help you out with a few basic best practices for home security, to help create a secure environment for your loved ones and family.

Consider these home security tips to help keep you and your family, and your possessions, safe and secure:

  1. Get to know your neighbors. Take the time to meet and engage with people on your street and encourage them to watch out for any suspicious activity when you are not home; having a network of people within a neighborhood looking out to each other is an invaluable home security tool.
  2. Have a talk with your local police department. Ask your police department to come and inspect your home and property, and provide suggestions to increase home security. They can also give valuable insight on what methods thieves employ around your area; this information will help you tailor your home security to what is relevant for your location.
  3. View your landscape with safety in mind. As you walk around your property, look for areas that could be potential hiding spots for thieves. Try and clear away any overgrown areas to increase visibility around your home. Also, while surveying your home surroundings also take note of corners or outcroppings in your neighbors yard; even if there are no obstructions in front of your home, a thief or burglar may still try to stage an attack from close by.
  4. Ready a safety plan. Make sure you setup and practice a safety plan where you check and lock all doors, close and lock windows and turn on your alarm system every time you leave your home. If you can help it, avoid leaving spare keys outside, under a rock or under a welcome mat, as thieves know most potential hiding places. A well established plan will keep you in the home security mindset.
  5. Avoid alerting others to your shopping trends. Thieves look for and steal newly-delivered boxes on your front porch, so consider instructing your package carrier to deliver them elsewhere or require a signature upon delivery. Thieves may also look at clues provided by your trash or recycling, which will show them the types of valuables you have inside your home; strive to breakdown boxes and place them inside the proper trash receptacles.
  6. Protect valuables that you keep outdoors. Thieves also target sheds, garages and other outdoor buildings. Secure your grill, lawn mower, bicycles and other outdoor gear with chain locks or covers; this is especially important if you park small vehicles outside such as scooters and motorcycles.
  7. Lighting truly matters. Outdoor lighting, placed around your front door or in front of your garage, can be the difference between your home being targeted or avoided by thieves.. Motion-sensitive lighting can help add security and provide light when and where it is most needed. Also consider using automatic timers or smart lighting that can be programmed to turn lights on and off in various parts of the house to help make it seem like you are home; the appearance of people present deters thieves and strengthens home security efforts.
  8. Create a plan for when you are away or on vacation. Hold your mail, stop your papers and ask a friend or neighbor to remove flyers from your property. Make arrangements for snow removal and lawn mowing so that it is not obvious when you are away from home for extended periods of time. Also, you can let us at MX Locksmith help consult you with a home security plan!
  9. Manage visibility. Make sure you can see who is at your front door without opening it; automatic doorbells can alert you when someone is at your door, and can take snapshots or video on demand. Also, avoid placing valuables where they can be seen from outside your home or from the street, and do not place your home alarm panel in a place where people can see you arming it from the outside; you can consult your home security system installer for proper alarm panel placement. Visibility, just as proper lighting and vacation planning, all increase your home security without much effort or cost to you.

And that’s it! a few quick home security tips that are easy to implement, and can greatly boost your home Security!

Did you like these tips? Let us know any home security tips that you recommend in the comments below!


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    Ross Smith

    It was a very nice idea! Just wanna say thank you for the information you have shared. Just continue writing this kind of post. I will be your loyal reader. Thanks again

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    Aaron Curtis

    I found your suggestions very reassuring and incredibly common-sense-useful! Loved this post and I’m definitely pinning it to share! Thanks for the great read and awesome tips!

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    Roger Middleton

    My wife and I have recently moved into a newer home and we’re wanting to put new locks on it to make sure we don’t have any security issues. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to make sure you know your neighbors so they’ll be able to look out for you. We’ll have to start talking with a few neighbors, but we’ll also need to start looking for a lock installation company that can help us out.

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    Jordan Curry

    I often forget that having a spare key outside can encourage burglars to look around until they find one! My wife is looking into getting a more secure security system for home! I’ll make sure to look into electronic locks like you suggested if we do go that route!

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    Locksmith Tampa

    I love your post! you said right that we have to know about neighbors. We have to meet and engage with people on our street.

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    Ivy Baker

    This is some really good information about security systems. It is good to know that it would be smart to have cameras outside because it can help with keeping your stuff safer. That is good for me to know because I leave my car in my driveway at night.

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    Sutton Turner

    I like how you suggested creating a safety plan in case of a break in. We are getting security doors installed in our home. I appreciate the home security tips.

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    Ken Hwan

    My wife and I are going out of town for the weekend and I am trying to take as many precautions as I can to avoid a break in while we are gone. I was very surprised to learn that posting what we are doing on social media can be very dangerous and alert potential burglars to when we are going to be gone! I will be sure that my wife reads this article and is careful of what she posts online!

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    Bethany Birchridge

    Thanks for the great tip to walk around you property and look for potential hiding spots for intruders. My uncle is actually moving soon, so I think these tips could really help him secure his property. Do you have any tips for choosing a security system.

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    Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for mentioning how a locksmith should help you with home security. I like how you said that you should lock your doors when you leave for security reasons too. My husband and I are looking into locksmith services; thanks for the post.

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    Katie Wilson

    You make a good point when you suggest lighting to help secure your home. Having your home well lit would probably help deter robbers in general. My husband and I are trying to secure our home more, so in addition to hiring a locksmith to replace our locks, we’ll have to consider the lighting situation.

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    Advanced Lock and Key in Perth

    Great post, so much information to learn. Thanks for mentioning how a locksmith should help you with home security. I also like how you said that you should lock your doors when you leave for security reasons too. Thanks for taking your time to make such important article like this.

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    Gary Puntman

    I want to get some new doors and locks to help with my home security. I like all of your tips for adding some extra security as well. I like the idea of setting up a safety plan for checking and locking all doors. I’ll definitely have to set this up with my family.

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    Camille Devaux

    It is nice to know that you can make sure that the locksmith service that you choose is legitimate. Being able to see who is coming at your door is really helpful. My sister would love this tip as she looks for a locksmith service.

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    John Brown

    Thank you for mentioning how a locksmith should help you with home security. However, I would also suggest changing your locks if you think the previous owner gave any friends or neighbours a spare key. It is best to be on the safe side.

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    Derek Dewitt

    I just moved into a new home, so thanks for sharing these security tips. I like your point about placing lights around your doors and garage. I’ll be sure to install a few more lights so it’s easy to see if anyone is around my house.

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    Mark Murphy

    I really appreciate your tip to avoid leaving any keys out in the open if you want to maintain your security. My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new lock on our front door ever since our neighbor’s house got broken into. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and get the spare key somewhere safe when we get our new lock!

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    Maisie Martha

    I was searching for security tips, but I got your article. i must say you shared a useful information for me. It will really helpful for anyone for security purpose. thanks a lot!

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