Protecting Your Familt At Home!
From the beginning of mankinds time on earth, humans have tried to build a home that would keep their families safe. From caves to small huts to castles with moats and now underground bunkers humans have continued to strive for safety. The threats could be from burglars, rioters or a home invasion. They could be child predators, crazy ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, even ex-partners. It could be someone you know or a complete stranger. Regardless of the threat, an ideal home is one that is secure and can keep you and your family safe.

Does Your Home Look Like an Enticing Target for a Burglar?
* The truth is that if someone wants in your home bad enough they will get in, but we can do some things around the house to make that a little less tempting. Basic home security could be the difference between someone passing your home up and going to the next house.
* Does your home look like it is well protected? Having basic security measures in place such as motion lights and prominently placed home security signs may make your house less attractive to a potential home invader.
* Do you enjoy lots of sunshine so you have huge windows with no curtains? This may fit your style of decor but it also lets anyone who walks by see your 60 inch flat screen TV in your living room.
* If you have young children, do you have cute colourful puppy curtains hanging in their windows? If you do, you may want to consider changing to something that doesn’t shout, “HEY, THIS IS MY CHILD’S BEDROOM” to potential child predators.

Protecting Your Home?
* Secure your doors with multiple locking mechanisms. A deadbolt is essential and even two would not be excessive. Make sure the locks are difficult to pick.
* Install "Dummy Camera's", This will not stop someone who is dead set on getting into your home, but if they see these above your front and back doors they will might twice about breaking in. Real security camera's have also come down a lot in price and can be bought quite cheaply on "TradeMe" and through "Ali-Express".
* Perimeter alarms around your property can give you an early warning of a posible intruder. A solar driveway sensor or even a battery powered motion sensor are great to have because if there is no power you still get warning if someone comes up your driveway.

* Make sure you have adequate lighting around the exterior of your house. Look around and find the blind spots and purchase lights to remove the areas someone could hide.

* Inside your home is also important, get a timer for when you are not home and have the lights come on a certain times and give the appearance you are there. Most criminals are looking to get in and out and do not want to hurt you physically, they just want your stuff.
* Don’t do things like hide the key under the door mat, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book and could be one of the first places a criminal looks. If you absolutely have to do this use something like a hide a key that is camouflaged to fit into the surroundings.
* Get to know your neighbors and you will find out who the ones that are going to help you protect your home, and the ones who you need to protect your home against.
* Make sure you lock every door and window at night, make sure your perimeter is secure and have motion sensors set up. Don’t forget to check your doors and windows regularly also, someone else in your home could have unlocked it without you knowing, or even worse someone who was in your home could have unlocked it for easy access later on.
* Secure your mail. In addition to minimizing identity theft, an overflowing mail box is an open invitation to thieves who will assume you are not at home or traveling. Invest in a PO box and put a "No Junk Mail" sign on your letterbox. Better still remove your mail box altogether.
* Make arrangements to have your property looked after when you go away. Have someone mow the lawn and empty your mailbox. There are a lot of reliable house setters out there, some do it for a profession practically and have impeccable references. Of course getting a close friend or family member you trust is always a good option if you can. If someone is in and out quite often or there the entire time, it doesn’t give thieves an opportunity to predict patterns so they have time to plan a robbery.
* Get a dog. A dog is a great early warning system. Even a little dog will make enough noise to wake you up, announce callers, and deter potential intruders.
* Appearance is everything, don’t put your house on display. The more you fly under the radar and the more your home looks like a waste of time to an intruder the more likely they will be to move to the next home.

Do You Have a Backup Method of Calling for Help in an Emergency?
* Experienced burglars or predators will know that if they wake you up, the first thing you’re probably going to do is call 111.

* Unfortunately, they also know that many home security systems are connected to your home’s telephone landline.

* A good habit to get into is to always have a phone next to your bed. This includes both a landline and your cell phone.

Do You Have a Safe Place in Your Home for Your Family to Hide In?
* When it comes to protecting your family, there’s no shame in realizing that fighting may not be your best option.
* It’s likely that you could encounter a situation where your best option is to gather your family and barricade yourself in a safe place until the police can arrive.

* Many people have installed “safe rooms” in their homes for just such an occasion. Our primary priority is keeping our family safe and if that means letting someone steal the television, so be it.

Do You Have a Way of Escaping to a Safer Place?
* All serious preppers have a “bug out plan” in place. Part of having this type of plan is discussing (ahead of time) when you will actually leave your home to retreat to a safer location.
* How you go about doing this is completely up to you but it might not be a bad idea to have some way of escaping without those who would intend to do you harm knowing that you had even left. This could be via a secret escape hatch through your safe room, a hidden backdoor, or something else.

* If you are able to quietly slip away without anyone knowing that you left, your chances of making a safe getaway are much higher.

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