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Don’t Make These 7 Silly Security Mistakes

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Regardless of whether you live in a rural or urban area, burglaries happen. In 2017, on average, a burglary occurred every 18 seconds in the United States. You can avoid being part of a statistic by avoiding to make these seven silly security mistakes.

 

House keys outside

Leaving A Spare Key Under The Door Mat

Even an inexperienced burglar has seen enough cartoons and movies to know that many people leave a spare key to their house under the front door mat. If this is where you hide your spare key, it’s probably best you look for a better spot.

 

Ladders in backyard

Leaving A Ladder In The Backyard

If you own a ladder, keep it locked in your garage or in your basement. Most people don’t secure the top floor of their house as well as they do the ground floor, often forgetting to lock the upper windows. If you allow a burglar the opportunity to reach the second floor of your house, you may end up paying for it.

 

dark porch light

Having Limited Light Around Your House

A well-lit house is a secure house. A burglar is less likely to rob your house if they think someone will see them. If you have a singular spotlight pointing toward your driveway, that isn’t going to be enough. Outside lights around your doors will deter a burglar from breaking in.

 

Forgetting To Lock Windows And The Garage Door

Typically, as soon as you enter your house, you lock the front door behind you. Right before you go to bed, you most likely will lock the side or back door as well. However, many forget to lock their windows and garage door before heading to bed.

 

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Forgetting To Stop The Mail

If you’re going on vacation, be sure to either stop the mail to your house or have a neighbor pick the mail up for you. If a burglar is walking past your house and sees a stack of mail outside, they might pick up on the fact that you’re not home. This is an open invitation for burglars to break into your home.

 

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Relying On Your Dog To Keep You Safe

Your dog isn’t guaranteed to attack or even bark if an intruder comes in the house (unless it’s a squirrel, perhaps). There are many other home security measures that are more reliable than our furry companions. Be sure to take additional measures to keep your home safe.

 

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Posting About Future Plans On Social Media

You’re probably taking tons of pictures and having a great time on vacation, but don’t post it on social media. Intruders may be looking at public social media posts to find potential leads on houses to rob. Save your excitement until you get back, then you can post all the pictures you want — risk free!

 

You can be as safe as you want, but sometimes things happen. When they do, make sure you have the proper insurance. At Yetter Insurance, we can help you with the proper policy to ensure peace of mind.

 

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9 Ways to Secure Your Home on a Budget

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More than 2 million burglaries occur each year in the United States—that’s one every 15 seconds—but there are ways to protect yourself, your family, and your belongings without breaking the bank. Before you dole out big bucks for a top-of-the-line security system, check out these tips to keep your home secure on a budget.

 

1. Talk to your local police

Many municipal police departments will provide complimentary home inspections to check the security of your house. During their inspections, they will point out potentially vulnerable areas, and provide you with tips on how to strengthen your home’s security.

 

2. Organize a mock burglary

This can be done with another member of your family, but it works better with a neighbor or a friend who isn’t regularly in your home. Allow your friend or neighbor to spend about 10 minutes trying to find and collect anything they consider to be valuables, and then see if they can find and access your important valuables. Anything they present at the end of the 10 minutes that is genuinely valuable or of special attachment needs to be better hidden or locked away.

 

3. Lock up tools

Many people don’t realize that their tool shed may provide a burglar with the exact tools needed to break into their house. By keeping the tool shed locked and keeping things like ladders put away, you’re not providing any extra help to the person trying to break into your house.

 

4. Don’t hide keys outside

An emergency key is a great thing to have in case you get locked out of your house, but we know your hiding places and so do burglars. Under the mat, in the fake rock, above the door jamb… unless you can be ingenious and original with your hiding place, then give your spare key to a trusted neighbor to hold on to for you.

 

5. Use discouraging signs

Window stickers and yard signs for security systems deter would-be burglars almost as well as an actual security system. You can buy the stickers and yard signs online from third-party vendors, or you could ask a friend who has a security system if they have any extra stickers or signs that they didn’t use. Also, a “Beware of Dog” sign will make a burglar think twice before breaking into your house, whether you have a dog or not.

 

6. Install outdoor lighting

Motion sensor lights are relatively inexpensive and can scare off a would-be intruder approaching your house at night.

 

7. Use a light timer

Most burglaries occur when the house appears to be empty, so it’s best if your house looks occupied at all times. Light timers should be set to turn lights on and off while you are out of the house to make it appear that someone is home. By installing light timers, you can effectively deter most burglars from attempting to enter the house. The timers are an especially efficient method while away on vacation but work while you’re away for short periods of time (like work or a shopping trip) as well. You can also use a light timer to control your television, which can add to the illusion that you’re home when you’re not.

 

8. Check locks on all entry points of your home

Make sure that the locks on all of your doors and windows are working and in good condition. Most burglars will only spend about 60 seconds trying to enter a home, so if your locks are all working and in good condition, most intruders will give up before getting into your house. Doors do get kicked in, and windows get broken, but statistically it is rare for a burglar to enter in that manner.

 

9. Discuss all security measures with everyone in the house

Make sure that everyone in your house knows the security measures and does their part in maintaining them. Make sure that everyone closes and locks all doors and windows before leaving the house, even if they’re leaving for just a little while.

 

Depending on your plan, making security improvements to your home can lower the premiums on your homeowners insurance. For more tips on how to secure your home, or to discuss your possible savings, please contact your Yetter insurance agent by calling (570) 296-8329, or visit http://yetterins.com/.

 

Yetter Insurance Agency is a family-owned business, located in Milford, PA, that offers a variety of homeowners insurance options for Pennsylvania and New York residents. Yetter has been a leading insurance agency in Pike County, PA since 1972. We offer plans from top-rated carriers that fit every need and budget. If you’re interested in expanding or changing your coverage, please contact one of our skilled agents today. For more information, please visit http://yetterins.com.


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