1) Invest in a Home Security System that is monitored by a security company. Don't rely on your pet to alert neighbors.
2) Install cameras at front and rear of home. Robbers want to get in and out in a hurry and do not want to be caught in the act on camera. If they see the cameras, chances are they will move on to an easier target.
3) Install laminate windows. Robbers are looking for easy prey and do not want problems before they enter your home. A regular basement or patio door are easily broken for access especially if you do not have motion sensors on doors and windows.
4) Make sure your locks and doors are sturdy and not easly picked or forced. We have all seen TV shows where a handy pin or a good push will yield quick entry. Dont' let that be your entry door.
5) Hide valuables and never leave them in open sight. Home invaders want to get in and out in a hurry and if valuables are securely hidden, chances are they will only take what is easy to grab, like electronics, not valuable jewelry or family heirlooms.
6) If you are away for an extended period, always have someone pick up the mail and stop the paper. Nothing alerts a thief as much as a stack of mail bulging from the mail box or papers piled up at the door.
7) Put lights throught the home on a timer if you are away for an extended period. Don't always have the same lamp come on. That is a dead give-away that you are not home and the lighting is electronic.
8) NEVER ADVERTISE THAT YOU ARE AWAY! With social media today, you cannot be careful enough. People post pictures of that beautiful sunset they are enjoying while on holidays. This is a sign that you are not home and probably will not return for a week or two.
Unfortunately, we all have to be cautious. In the good old days especially in the country where everyone knew everyone, people left their doors unlocked and nothing ever went missing. It is a different world today and we have to be diligent in protecting our property.
Chatham-Kent is a great affordable community to live. I have lived here my whole life and consider it a faairly safe place. However do not be naive. Crime does exist and it is not negative thinking to protect yourself, your family and your personal belongings. If you are in the market to relocate to Chatham-Kent or move to a new neighborhood, be sure to deal with a REAL ESTATE REPRESENTTIVE who knows the area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage today and let me help you make the right choices. Visit my website for Events, Happening and Choice Properties for sale in Chatham-Kent.