You work hard for your home and the items in it. Keeping your valuables safe, especially sentimental items like heirlooms, is important. Here are some tips for keeping valuables safe.
Use hidden compartments
There are many options for hiding valuables that burglars would be unlikely to find. Inside compartments behind fake grilles, electrical outlets, junction boxes and inside hollowed out books are some of the best places. Old food containers in your pantry can also hide important items, as well as inside children’s stuffed toys.
Put valuables in a safe
If the safe is fire-rated, your items will be protected from fires as well as theft. Safes that are easy to remove will not provide much protection. Floor-mounted safes are difficult to remove and will frustrate a thief’s efforts to get your valuables.
Keep curtains drawn
This can be a double edged sword as thieves can rummage through your home for a longer time unseen. However, for the purpose of keeping your electronics and other larger valuable items hidden, closing curtains will keep these items out of sight and lower the chance of someone choosing to rob your home.
Lock all doors and windows
Depending on where you live, you may be used to leaving doors unlocked. But never take it for granted that the security you experienced for years will continue. Robbery is a crime of opportunity so giving thieves easy access puts you at increased risk of being chosen. Remember to close your garage door and lock the door between your attached garage and the rest of the house. Make it a habit of checking doors and windows at bedtime, especially if you have young ones that may fiddle with latches and bolts.
Install a security system
Home security has become more affordable and accessible in the past decade. You don’t need to live in a large house to consider securing your home with an electronic system. From simple cameras that connect to your smartphone to sophisticated wireless systems that call the police directly in the case of an emergency, the options are limited by your imagination and budget.
Install security lighting
Burglars don’t like to be seen. If your home is brightly lit from outside, they are less likely to attempt to break in.
Keeping your valuables safe is enough work without worrying about your house. If you need help with your home, give us a call.