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A Diagram of Disaster Prevention

A DIAGRAM OF = DISASTER PREVEMRAN NOBODY IMAGINES THAT A BURGLARY OR A HOME INVASION WILL HAPPEN TO THEM, BUT THE POSSIBILITY ALWAYS EXISTS. IT'S BEST TO BE PREPARED – BUT MAYBE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW. WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HOUSE FROM BOTH THE OUTSIDE AND THE INSIDE. Advertise that you have a security system in place. |2 Burglars and home invaders look for easy Keep shrubs and plants trimmed so that they don't block your windows. You want neighbors to be able to see inside of your house in case of trouble. Also, if you do plant shrubs around your windows, make them thorny ones. Non-thorny bushes make great places to hide, while thorny plants are solid targets where they will meet minimal resistance. In 2012, the FBI estimated that 1,567,058 Break down boxes from burglaries occurred at private residences in the United States. 4 recent purchases. You don't want to broadcast to potential burglars that you just bought a big television, for instance. deterrents. That's one residential burglary every 20 seconds! Put your outside furniture away when you're not using it. Heavy objects are tools that burglars or home invaders can use to NN Make sure that your house number is clearly visible. If a burglary or home invasion does occur, you want police to be able to easily find your home. break through windows or doors to enter your home. Trim the branches of any nearby trees so that they can't provide access to your roof or second story. LiveWatch PROTECTED 2 66 10 40 4 Always lock your windows, especially when you aren't home. Consider installing a secondary locking In the United States, 4,457 homes Of all home intrusions, system, too, that will prevent your windows from being opened past a set height. This will make it harder for someone to are burglarized every day, and the arrest rate is only 97% 18% Occur when nobody is home. squeeze through them. Consider buying some 18 cameras or motion sensors. You can buy motion-activated lights Make sure that your doors 9 have deadbolt locks. Regular, doorknob locks are easy to break – a properly installed deadbolt is much harder for an invader to kick through. You can also install special anti-forced-entry mechanisms. Keep your garage doors 10 secured, and always park your car inside of it even when you are home. A potential invader will look for signs that you are that will turn on when someone approaches your house, or install a sensor that notifies you with a not home, such as a car missing from the driveway. But if you always park your car in the garage, they'll have no way of telling whether you're home or not. noise when someone is near your door. If you install cameras, make sure that the recording device is well-secured inside of a safe or other hard-to- access area – you don't want a potential invader to steal the tape of their crime. Around 60% of home intrusions involve Make sure that all of your 12 security systems are powered and can resist being neutralized. If you don't keep your systems powered and up to date, they won't be of any use Get an internal security forcible entry, but a shocking 11 system to match your 30% external one. Ensure that it has a motion detector of burglars enter a home through an unlocked window or door. and a way to detect when a door has been forced open. Some security to you! systems can be linked to your cell phone so that they can send notifications Always lock your doors and windows or be enabled and when leaving the house! disabled remotely. Keep your phone and car 13 keys within arm's reach when you're sleeping. If you're awakened by an invader, you can quickly hit your car's panic button and call the police. 11 13 12 14 15 16 40 Form a plan with your 14 family or roommates of what to do in case of a Keep valuables (irreplaceable things and 15 documents that are home invasion. Plan how to escape the house, a route to take, and a place () important to maintaining your public identity) in a heavy safe. A burglar is less likely to take something that will require time or extra effort to meet outside of the home. Panic rooms might seem like a cliché to you, but if you have a safe room that you and your family can access in case you can't Arund 25% to steal. of burglars report cutting telephone or alarm wires before breaking in. For this reason, consider a wireless security system for your home. Because there are no wires to cut, the system is more likely to be active and defending your home when you need it. leave the home for whatever reason, that's just another asset to protect you. Consider setting timers for your lights or electronic I7 devices. While you're away, a timer will turn your lights on when it gets dark so that it seems like Set up your home phone 16 to forward calls to your someone is home. cellphone if you'll be away for a few days. Invaders Invaders usually want to get into a house when no one is around – anything you can do to make your house appear occupied is of benefit to you. sometimes call a home when they're planning to break in, just to check whether anyone is home. Sources: LiveWatch SECU RITY 99

A Diagram of Disaster Prevention

shared by jmcneely109 on Mar 15
It's good to feel secure in your own home and neighborhood - but how secure are you, really? Don't let overconfidence trump good sense - it's important to take stock every now and again of what securi...



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