Today's Fix It: Home safety tips from Home Depot | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U-S.
As people begin planning vacations -- it's extremely important to ensure that your homes are safe while you are away on holiday or traveling.
In Today's Fix It segment, Home Depot is sharing 11 ways to help protect your home.
Tip 1: Install a re-keyable lock. With new re-keyable technology, you can rekey your own lock in a matter of seconds. This is helpful if you have gardeners, pet caretakers, or anyone taking care of your home while you are away on vacation, as upon your return, you can rekey your locks.
Tip 2: Make your homes more difficult to enter by installing a solid or metal door for all entrance points.
Tip 3: Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors and windows. Because latches not locks secure sliding glass doors, they are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside. This can be easily be prevented by using a secondary blocking device, such as a wooden dowel or charley bar into the track.
Tip 4: Invest in interior light timers to help make your residence look occupied at night while you are away. (Use energy efficient light bulbs to help keep energy costs down while you are away.)
Tip 5: Install exterior lighting, allowing your neighbors to see a potential threat or suspicious person lurking while you are away.
Tip 6: Invest a motion-sensing outdoor floodlight to create the illusion that you are indeed at home.
Tip 7: Install an alarm system. Alarms systems can monitor for fire as well as burglary for the same price, providing you with extra protection while away on holiday.
Tip 8: Check that all windows and doors are locked. Although this may seem to be a no brainer, oftentimes homeowners in a rush to get out the door, forget to check windows or doors that they do not use on a regular basis, leaving their homes susceptible to burglary.
Tip 9: Turn off your garage door to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.
Tip 10: Purchase a home safe. Home safes are designed to keep the smash and grab burglar or anyone maintaining your home from gaining access to important documents and personal property.
Tip 11: Get to know your neighbors on each side of your home and
the three directly across the street. Neighbors will watch out for your home or apartment when you are away and can report suspicious activity to the police.
(Source: Home Depot)