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Affordable Ways to Boost Your Home's Security

by Marsha Wolber 11/22/2020

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Worried about package theft, break-ins and other crime? Even if you have a home security system, there are still steps you can take to make your home less appealing to thieves and criminals. From installing some high tech (but surprisingly affordable) gadgets to caring for your home’s exterior, you can help make your house an unappealing target for would-be thieves.

5 Ways to Boost your Home’s Security

Trim overgrown or large shrubbery: According to SafeWise, criminals want to have plenty of privacy, so overgrown greenery and hedges are very appealing, particularly if they are around windows and access points. Keep the landscaping under control – and keep even the manicured pieces near the house low enough to allow for full visibility.

Put tools away when you are done: Your second floor windows won’t be easy to access – unless you leave the ladder out after you finish hanging the Christmas lights. Put things away in a secure location and your own tools can’t be used against you. Tools used for outside projects also have inherent value, a thief could easily abscond with your pricey equipment if you do not secure it.

Upgrade your doorbell: Opt for one of the new high tech, smart doorbells so you can see what is happening on your front porch. This not only allows you to see who is there before you open the door to a potentially dangerous stranger, it also records activity. You’ll be able to see the UPS guy tossing your package of glassware onto the porch, discover who is stealing your packages and even spot solicitors before they can take up your time.

Light it up: Your yard should have lighting for both safety and home security. Opt for spotlights that are motion sensitive to respond to movement in your yard. Most respond to dogs or wildlife that weigh more than 50 pounds, so any human presence will trigger them. You can also use landscaping lighting to highlight your home (and expose anyone trying to break in) and to make it easy for residents and guests to navigate the yard safely at night.

Be discreet about vacations: Homes that are empty are prime targets, so broadcasting your week-long cruise is a good way to invite criminals to your doorstep. Make sure you stop the mail so it does not pile up and don’t start sharing vacation pictures online until you are actually home.You can’t stop criminals from breaking into homes, but you can make your own home too much of a risk to deal with. By implementing one or more of the above methods, you’ll cut your risk of criminal activity and get the peace of mind you need to relax and enjoy life.

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Marsha Wolber

Marsha Wolber - A Little Background Marsha Wolber was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University. After college, Marsha moved to Boston, MA where she worked in the information technology field as an applications programmer and software manager. She and her family moved to Fairfax County in 1987 and have lived here since then, except for a brief 4 year stint in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marsha’s family returned to Fairfax County from California primarily because of the quality of life and top notch education provided by our public schools. She and her husband Noel have two daughters, both graduates of Robinson Secondary School, the eldest a graduate of George Mason University and the youngest a graduate of Auburn University. 

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