8 Home Security Tips for San Diego
While the number of burglaries in San Diego decreases each year, you shouldn't let your guard down when it comes to home security. Follow these tips to prevent thieves from gaining access to your home.
1) HIDING PLACES
Trim tall shrubbery covering windows and doors so thieves have no place to hide from you or attentive neighbors. Install motion detector lights in poorly lit areas around your home to deter intruders.
2) VACATION TIME
The social media pictures and updates can wait until you get back—and thieves will never even know you were away. Ask a neighbor to grab any mail or door flyers that might be piling up and giving clues to your absence.
3) YARD WORK
Thieves can easily break windows and gain access to your home. Don't provide them with tools to make the job easier. Keep your yard clear of tree limbs, toys, gardening tools, ladders, etc.
4) SECURITY ALARMS
Security alarms alert police of any intrusions—and give thieves only a small window of time to escape. But don't forget that alarms only work if you remember to arm them.
5) WINDOW PROTECTION
Shatterproof glass is great for window protection—but if replacing windows isn't an option, security film is a smart alternative. The film prevents glass from breaking, depsite thieves' best attempts.
6) SLIDING DOORS
Sliding glass doors usually have very flimsy locks—something thieves absolutely love. Install a security bar inside the window track to make break-ins even more difficult.
7) LOCK UP
Keep windows and doors locked when not in use—especially when you're away. If you enjoy sleeping with a window open, find a lock that allows you to open the window a few inches while staying secure.
8) CHANGE LOCKS
If you're moving into a new place or someone has recently moved out, the first order of business is installing new locks. You never know how many previous residents have copies of your keys.