As a mom, you probably worry about a lot of things in your home, especially if you are working or away from your home part of the day. Setting up CCTV cameras at home to provide you with a set of virtual eyes that will keep an eye on your home and your family when you’re away is one of the sure-fire ways to have that precious peace of mind. Not only does it help you with intruders, but it also alerts you of fires and can help in a medical emergency. A home security system does a great job deterring burglars when they see the equipment or hear the siren going off. To deter the burglar, even more, place motion sensor lights around your home so when one is triggered it brings the burglar unwanted attention. The burglar will most likely leave the area.
In addition to having a good, reliable home security system installed, there are other practical things you can do to make your home a safer place for your children when you need to leave them alone or with a caretaker, or just when you are leaving your home empty when you need to go someplace.
Below are some of our security tips for busy moms on the go:
Invest in outdoor lighting.
Sufficient outdoor lighting is an effective intruder deterrent. Your home’s doors, windows, and dark corners should be illuminated with outdoor lighting to make it impossible for would be burglars to hide.
Be social media safe.
Use social media responsibly. It’s quite a common pitfall among active social media users, but posting your work schedule or the times when you’re not a home on Facebook is something that is so tempting for intruders. Someone could already be keeping an eye on your social media status updates for any information that could give your whereabouts away. Similarly, never live post photos of yourself at your kids’ events. Social media is a powerful and useful tool, however, it can open your home up to vulnerability if a potential intruder is receiving confirmation that you’re not around. You can always post photos and thoughts once the event is over.
Remember to lock your windows.
Some suggest that you should keep ground floor windows locked, but what about the windows upstairs? Skilled intruders can easily climb up and sneak in through the windows upstairs. It’s fairly easy to slide a window open even for a small child.
Trim the bushes and trees around your home.
Bushes and trees and lovely. Burglars think so too. They are perfect hiding places for intruders. Trim the bushes around your house or replace them with bushes that do not grow very thick.
Keep the doors locked.
This is a no-brainer, but something some moms tend to take for granted or forget, especially when they are in a hurry. Invest in double locks for all your doors if possible. This makes your home more “un-inviting” for would-be intruders.
Hide your keys in places only you should know
Hiding keys under the flower pot, beneath the door mat or on top of the door frame is very obvious. Everyone does that and it’s the first place burglars will look.