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2012 Do It Yourself Home Security Guide


Happy New Year!

 

I’m grateful to God Almighty for sparing our lives to see the New Year despite all the security issues brewing in our country Nigeria. As we continue to battle the state of insecurity in the country, it’s important to develop your security consciousness in your home to ensure the safety of your family.

 

The security of your family and home is not an expense, but an investment against potential danger. So, if you’re limited in financial resources, the cost of a monitored home security system may not be within your budget. Although having a monitored home security system is one of the best ways to protect your home, there are other home security tips you can use to make your home more secure. These inexpensive methods rely a lot on your own common sense, as well as your ability to be creative.


6 Affordable Ways To Do It Yourself Home Security

 

1. Keep Track of Your Keys.
Be sure that all copies of your house key are accounted for, and are not stored anywhere near the entrances to your home. Though it may be tempting to hide a house key under a flowerpot or doormat, remember, criminals are aware of these hiding spots too. If you want to have an accessible extra key, leave it with a trusted family member or neighbor for safekeeping.

 

2. Turn on the Lights.


It’s a statistical fact that burglars are much less likely to target a home that is well-lit. To a burglar, a house with lights on is a house where there is potentially someone home. Since a lot of a thief’s motivation is to be able to steal without getting caught, they will usually avoid burglarizing a house that is well-lit. Leave a few lights on when you leave home for a few hours, in order to help protect your home. If you’re worried about the electrical expense, switch to fluorescent light bulbs, which do not require as much electricity.

 

3. Secure Your Windows.
A significant percentage of burglars are able to enter a home through an unlocked first-floor window. Remembering to lock your windows isn’t simply a precaution – it’s a necessity. Get into the habit of checking all of your windows before you leave the house, just as you would check that all of your doors are locked. Try to encourage other family members to follow this behavior as well.

 

4. Get a Guard Dog.
Ensuring the safety of your family and home can be guaranteed with the intelligence of a guard dog. If you’re thinking about purchasing a family dog, you may also want to consider choosing a breed that can also make an effective guard dog. If you’re only looking for a dog that will alert you by barking at intruders, there are many breeds that make good “watchdogs” as well. When choosing a dog that will be good with other family members, you do need to exercise a bit of caution. You can Contact Us for more information on this.

 

5. Keep Door Locks in Good Condition.
The safety of your home also depends on the condition of your doors. A door in a poor condition will grant criminals easy access into your home. Another inexpensive way that you can keep your home secure is to regularly test and maintain your locks. If you don’t have a deadbolt lock, it’s highly recommended that you install a deadbolt lock on your doors. Deadbolt locks offer increased security, and usually not so expensive.

 

6. Installing Door/Window Alarms.
A door or window alarm is a simple device, and usually not so expensive. It operates by having two “contact points”, which are separated when a door or window is open. When this occurs, the device emits a high-pitched alarm to alert you of the intrusion. As an inexpensive security option, window and door alarms are extremely effective. Contact Us to purchase these alarms.

 

Your Turn

What other do it yourself home security tips do you use to ensure the safety of your home and family? Share more in the comment section below.

 

And don’t forget to share this security tips with others; let’s help keep our homes and family secure this New Year and always. You can do this by using the floating social media icons by the left side of this page to share on facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and via email.

 

Thank you for your time. This is wishing you a prosperous and secured New Year!

 


21 Comments

  1. Ajose Lai says:

    Bank ATM Security

    Bank ATM Security Advice

    by Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM

    ATM bank cash machines have been incorporated in our way of life. They offer a real convenience to those on the run, but at the same time offer an element of risk. Using a bank ATM machine safely requires awareness and a little planning. Just because a bank ATM machine is open and available 24-hours a day doesn’t mean it is always safe to use it.

    ATM Robbery Facts

    Most bank ATM robberies occur at night between 7pm and midnight when the machine only produces 10% of the daily transactions. Between 7pm and 4am, the ATMs handle only 11% of the total daily transactions but suffer 60% of the crime.

    Who Are the Robbers?

    Bank ATM robbers are usually males under 25 years of age and most work alone. ATM robbers usually position themselves nearby (50 feet) waiting for a victim to approach and withdraw cash. Half of the ATM robberies occur after the cash withdrawal. Many ATM robbery victims are women and were alone when robbed. Most claim that they never saw the robber coming. Most ATM robbers used a gun or claimed to have a concealed weapon when confronting the victim and demanding their cash.

    Pick a Safe Location

    Use only bank ATM machines in well-lighted, high-traffic areas. ATMs inside busy supermarkets are considered safer. Don’t use ATM machines that are remote or hidden such as being located behind buildings, behind pillars, walls, or away from public view. Beware of obvious hiding places like shrubbery or overgrown trees. ATM robbers like to have the element of surprise and no witnesses. Robbers like good escape routes like nearby freeway on-ramps or high speed thoroughfares.

    Get a list of ATM locations from your bank and keep it in your car. Choose an ATM that looks and ‘feels’ safer, even if it is a couple of miles out of the way. Try and limit your use to daylight hours. Take someone with you after hours, if you can. When you drive up to an ATM location, scan the area for any suspicious persons. If you see anyone suspicious that is standing nearby or sitting alone in a car, drive away. When you approach an ATM on foot be prepared and have your ATM card ready. Memorize your personal PIN number to prevent loss and speed the transaction. After inserting your card and your PIN number keep an eye out behind you (the robbers always come from behind or the side). Never accept an offer to help or request for help from a suspicious male at the machine.

    Be Alert

    If anyone suspicious or seemingly dangerous approaches terminate your transaction and leave immediately, even if it means running away and leaving your ATM card in the machine. First, tell the suspicious male in a loud, firm voice to “back-off” and leave you alone. This is designed to startle the person and give you time to flee, if appropriate. It is far easier to apologize later or suffer a little embarrassment for your fear than to become a robbery victim. When you receive cash from the machine put it away immediately, extract your card, and walk away.

    If you use your car at a bank drive-thru ATM machine the same rules apply. Make sure there are no obvious hiding places or suspicious persons loitering in the area. If there are, listen to your gut instinct and drive away. Keep your doors locked and the car in gear, with your foot firmly on the brake, while using the ATM machine. Keep a close eye on your rear and side view mirrors during the transaction. Robbers almost always approach from the rear on the drivers’ side. If you see anyone approaching, drive off even if it means leaving your ATM card behind. If you are confronted by an armed robber, just give up your money without argument. The cash is not worth serious injury or death. Get to a safe place and call the police immediately.

    If you or your family members use ATM cash machines on a regular basis, here are some tips that can make the process a little safer:
    •Only use ATM machines in a well-lighted, open, high-traffic area
    •Use ATMs at inside busy supermarkets when possible
    •If lights around the ATM are not working, don’t use that machine
    •Avoid bank ATM machines adjacent to obvious hiding places
    •When you approach an ATM, scan the area first for loiterers
    •Have your card ready and leave quickly, not counting your cash in public
    •Walk, run, or drive away immediately if your instincts tell you so
    •Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction
    •Tell any suspicious male in a loud, firm voice to back-off
    •Don’t argue with a robber, if confronted, and give up the cash
    •Don’t fight with or attempt to follow the robber
    •Drive or walk to a safe place and immediately call the police

    • Thank you Lai for your very valuable contribution to this post. Information security is another vital aspect of ensuring the safety of our money. Thanks for pointing this out too and referencing an article.

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