3 Dangerous Things You Probably Do in Your Home
Even the most security-conscious people can forget the little things. Security isn’t always comprised of big things, such as keeping an eye on your kids when they play in the front yard. Sometimes, the little things can be a big deal when it comes to safety.
This is especially true as it relates to your home. You can feel safe in your home, but feeling safe isn’t the same thing as being safe. Rather than relaxing blindly because you don’t think there’s anything to worry about, make sure you’re not doing any of these dangerous things:
1. Leaving the Door Unlocked When You Get Home
Many people lock the door at bedtime, and that’s a good step to take. However, you should always lock the door when you get home for the day as well. Being asleep makes you a more prominent target for break-ins and other crimes. But it’s not the only time you’re at risk. By locking the doors when you get home, you make your home less of a target.
2. Posting About Your Vacation on Social Media
When you post about your vacation on social media, you’re essentially letting people know that your house is empty. You might not realize it, but if an unscrupulous person sees your posts, that person might be able to deduce that your home is an easy target for robbery. Especially if you don’t have a watch dog or security system, this can be very dangerous, and you might just come home to a ransacked house.
Although you should definitely install a security system, your first step should be to control how you post on social media. You probably like to show off how much fun you’re having when you and your family take vacations, and that’s great. If you know that only your loved ones can see it, then it’s fine.
Every major social media site allows you to restrict access to your posts so that only approved people can see them. So, if you’re going to post on social media, you may want to turn that feature on, at least until you get back home.
3. Leaving Windows Open Overnight
If the weather is nice outside, you might open the windows to get some fresh air and keep your house at a decent temperature, so you don’t have to use electricity to cool or heat it. However, be careful about leaving those windows open overnight. Even if you have a screen on your windows, a stealthy burglar can enter without alerting anyone.
You can still get that fresh air without leaving yourself vulnerable. Buy some window locks, which essentially give your windows the same degree of protection that you give your doors. Many different types exist. But no matter which you buy, the idea is the same. It allows you to open the window however much you like, and then close and lock it at the end of the day.
How to Avoid Being Vulnerable
Incorporating the above safety tips into your daily routine is a good first step to security-consciousness. If you want to go a step further, however, you can use PeopleFinders to check your neighborhood and the people with whom you spend time.
The PeopleFinders address lookup tool can be helpful if you want to make sure your neighborhood is safe. Look up your address and your neighbor’s addresses to try and get property information and neighborhood details, including whether there are sex offenders or other criminals living in your area. If there are, you can perform a criminal records search to try and get more detailed records about each one. That way, you may learn which people to be especially wary of.
Being safe in your home is important. With all the safety technology available in the modern era, it’s easier than ever. One of the best ways to ensure that you’re safe is to keep an eye on the neighborhood around you, which you can try to do with PeopleFinders.
And, while you can use PeopleFinders to try to keep your home safe, it’s far from the only way the site can help. Check the PeopleFinders blog for more ideas and inspiration.
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