Other than expensive jewelry, your computer is probably the most expensive item in your home. Burglars have a tendency to target objects that can be easily resold for quick cash. DVD players, flat screen TVs, jewelry, laptops, or even cash itself are often the most sought-after objects during burglaries. However, there are some effective home security measures you can take to protect your home’s valuable contents.
Let’s start with computers. If you happen to have a desktop PC, you can actually lock up the base tower of the system. Many computer desks come with closeable compartments for this part of the computer. If it does not already have a lock, it’s worth the time to install one or have it installed by someone. The base of the PC is the most important part to protect, given that it is the most expensive and contains all of your data. Don’t worry so much about the monitor and keyboard, as those items are much cheaper and easy to replace.
For laptop owners, you have the option of placing the laptop in a safe when you leave home or before heading to bed. To many, this will seem like quite the hassle. Another valuable home security tip is to purchase a laptop lock. These locks are conceptually similar to bicycle locks, in that you are strapping the laptop down to a large, basically immovable object – which a desk is for all intents and purposes here. Remember, burglars want to get out as fast as possible and grab objects that are easy to carry.
Of course, all large amounts of cash should always be stored in a heavy-duty safe. You should also lock away jewelry and any important documents, such as birth certificates and social security cards. Safes are probably best located in closets, basements or attics. Some stores specialize in safes, but Wal-Mart and other large retailers also provide quality safes as well. When buying safes, the heavier the better. Given that a small safe can be picked up and carried away by burglars.
Perhaps the most obvious idea to keep your valuables protected is to use a home alarm system. These days, alarms are quite affordable thanks to the ongoing competition between security provider companies. Service can cost you well under $50 per month. Once installed, be sure to place the company logo stickers on doors and windows; or even place a sign in the yard, if given one. These signs and stickers are proven to scare off potential intruders. For example, just imagine that there are five houses on your block and yours is the only one visibly protected by an alarm system. Which house is the burglar most likely to attempt to break into? Undoubtedly, one of the unprotected ones.
Using a home alarm system makes your home even safer when applying the other tips mentioned here. Not to mention that having an alarm installed could lower your home insurance rates. What could be better than keeping your valuables protected and saving money at the same time?
Written By: Oswald Melman