With longer and warmer summer days approaching, home burglaries and car prowls will increase. This might be a good time to review your security measures at home. Here is some information on the subject.
Outdoor Lighting. We may think about outdoor lighting in terms of being able to see at night and for our own safety. It can also help prevent theft. Most car prowls in residential neighborhoods occur when it is dark. Cars and trucks are often parked in driveways and the streets overnight when we are asleep.
By lighting up the area where you park your vehicle you make it more likely that the car prowler would be seen and therefore more of a chance for someone to call 911. This can be especially effective if you have a security camera that covers the area. Car prowlers do not want to hang around if they think that they will be caught.
You can have lighting on a timer or a light sensor that turns the lighting on automatically. Or you can use motion-sensor lights that turn on when they detect motion. Motion-sensor lights save energy and they can startle a potential car prowler or thief.
Here is a recent article reviewing some specific lights that are on the market.
DIY Security Systems. If you are interested in a security system you can have a major install sensors and cameras for you. Or you can do it yourself. There are several companies that offer inexpensive products and services that can help you monitor your home while you are away. This article introduces four newer security companies.
Protecting Your Home. Here is a tip sheet that shows you how you can prevent a burglary in your home.
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