Protecting Your Home

Good Morning Everyone,

Your home is a valuable piece of real estate that deserves protecting. It provides shelter for your family and your belongings, and can increase in value as an investment. Many criminals are opportunists and look for quick and easy access to your property, and improving your security against them can be simple and inexpensive. Take a moment to think like a criminal and find fast ways to make their lives more difficult.

Locks

If a criminal discovers an open door or window, they will quickly enter your property; grab the easiest asset available such as a purse, wallet, jewelry, or small electronics; and run. Your best protection is to keep your windows and doors locked at all times, even when you are home.

Clean Up

Check the area outside your home for screwdrivers, hammers and other tools or toys that could be used to pry open a door or break a window. Easy access to these types of tools could encourage a criminal to try breaking into your home.

Landscaping

Trimming trees and shrubs can eliminate means of entry to your home and places for criminals to hide, according to San Francisco’s Safety Awareness for Everyone. Criminals can climb trees to access low roofs and upper story windows, and they can hide behind shrubs beneath windows or near doors. Keeping your landscaping in good condition also improves the value of your real estate investment.

Windows

Older homes might have weak or broken window locks or panes made from easily broken thin glass. If possible, replace these windows with newer models with double-panes and strong locks. Or, secure bars or metal mesh over your windows and any air conditioning units that sit in windows. For less expensive security, cut a wooden broom handle and place it upright in your window to make it more challenging for a criminal to break in. If you leave your window open at night for ventilation, cut the broom handle so that your window will open no more than 4 inches. Close your drapes or blinds so that criminals cannot see easily into your home, and keep valuables away from windows where they are attractive targets and can be easily stolen.

Sliding Glass Doors

Use the broom handle trick to make your sliding glass doors more difficult to open. Cut the handle to fit in the door’s sliding tray so the door will not move unless the broom handle is removed.

Please remember to stay safe and be careful of your surroundings.

Please contact us for any questions.

Sincerely,

Scott Myers, Century 21 Scott Myers, Realtors
(210) 479-1222sa1

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