June is National Safety Month, did you know that? Normally I am not one for this month and that month but I think we can all agree that safety should be paramount! Recently in my neighborhood there has been an increase in crime. Some of the crimes were people going into unlocked cars in driveways and others were break ins during the day when the owners weren’t home. Here are some tips I created in honor of this important month and in light of what has been going on in my own neighborhood!
1. Keep cars locked and valuables kept out of sight. Cars should be locked at all times when not in a closed garage. Keep your valuables out of sight – this includes even loose change! If someone is in need of money you never know what lengths they will go to in order to get some.
2. Keep your outside lights on. We just got new outdoor lighting and it is so bright! I turn them on when it gets dark and turn them off in the morning when it is light out. Keeping the area around your house well lit at night is important to keep intruders away.
3. Secure valuables inside your home. I keep my valuables stored in a safe. You might want to consider getting a small portable safe which would be great if you ever needed to evacuate your home (like in a fire or a hurricane) so you can bring your valuables safely with you. If you have a lot to store you may want to consider a large and heavy safe that intruders would not be able to move. Consider MasterLock for a safe.
4. Get an alarm system. I have had an alarm system for 7 years now and love the peace of mind it gives me. We turn it on the “stay” mode before bed and it calms me down. I also turn it on before I leave the house in the morning and am happy the dogs are safer when I am not home with it on. Ours is linked to our smoke detectors so if they go off then the fire department is called. The expense is not a large one but it is well worth it to me!
5. Secure your windows and doors. This might sound like a no brainer but a lot of crimes occur in homes that had doors or windows that were not locked. Here in Florida everyone has a sliding glass door or two and these should have 2 manners of locking, such as where the handle is and then also a bolt or other system at the bottom of the door to keep it more secure as sliding glass doors are easy to take off the track or shimmy open.
I am a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad. This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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