I don’t mean to scare anyone, but have you looked at the news recently?
The economy isn’t getting any better and as our nation continues to decline ever deeper into economic recession, crime is on the rise. While some may argue that crime isn’t any worse than it was ten or fifteen years ago, few can deny the correlation between the crimes of desperation and our nation’s current financial state. In these trying times, you can’t afford to leave things up to chance – you need to protect your home and what’s yours.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Upgrade the locks. If you just recently moved into a new residence and the locks might be old, then replace them. Of course, be sure to check with your landlord if this is an apartment. You can purchase decent-quality locks at your local hardware store.
2. Don’t be such a showoff. If you have drapes or shades, consider drawing them when you turn in for the night. Especially if you have any rooms where you keep your big screen TV, gaming systems, etc. The less you advertise the less reason an intruder has to let themselves in.
3. Don’t forget about man’s best friend. While not a guaranteed intruder-stopper, statistics show that thieves are less likely to come in if a dog is present. A dog can also be trained to effectively defend your home but you should consult with a professional before attempting any guard dog training. After all, you don’t want your dog popping off on someone who doesn’t deserve it or, worse, a guest.
4. Purchase a firearm. Use your discretion, with this one. Take into account just how dangerous your particular neck of the woods is and really think about the consequences – especially if you are a family man, with children in the home. If you do have children, make sure you properly store your firearm to avoid any potential tragedy. Also, if you are going to get a gun, make sure you know how to use it. Go to the range and get some proper training and remember: a gun is a weapon, not a toy. Don’t draw on anyone or anything you don’t intend to destroy.
5. Invest in a home security system. There are a number home security systems to choose from, but the one many people swear by is ADT. Make sure you do some research though and find the system that is right for you. Many of these systems come with preemptive measures like outdoor signs or window decals that can further deter any would-be intruders.
And remember that these are not guarantees. One can never know what a person is capable of when they are desperate and determined enough, but at least these suggestions can give you a fighting chance.