The weather has finally cooled down here on the East Coast. I love this time of year with the leaves changing color, bonfires, and that crisp Autumn air. However, with the new season can come new issues that you want to address, especially with your home. Ah, the joys of homeownership! Here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this fall.

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Home Safety Tips

Keep Your Doors Locked

Did you know that burglars actually can stroll up to the front door because so many of us don’t lock our doors at night? What can you do besides just making sure the doors are secure? Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure that the frames are strong and the highest is protected. If your door has a mail slot, you want to make sure that someone can’t reach through it to unlock your door. If you just moved to a new area, be sure to change the door locks before you move in. This way, you won’t have any strangers with a key to your house and you can make sure that the locks are the best out there on the market. 

Spotlight Your Home

One way to also help keep vandals and criminals away is with ample outdoor lighting. They don’t like to be in the spotlight. Put the lights around your back yard and the front yard along with pathways and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, but you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the steps as well. Make sure your lights are even more effective with a motion-activated light, solar-powered, or use a smart outlet to put the outdoor lights on a timer. 

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Find A Good Security System

Looking for a security system that you trust and feel can protect you and your family is key. One company in the New Jersey area is called Tech Services Of NJ. Not only does this professional team offers help in residential areas but they also are one of the popular facility maintenance businesses in the NJ area. Talk about monthly or upfront costs, if you can have the team properly install the camera’s or if they offer any extra amenities like smoke alarms or carbon monoxide. Discuss with your neighbors any businesses that they trust and feel comfortable with too to help make your decision. 

Lock Your WiFi down

You might not think that your wireless network is a doorway for people to get access too but this can also make your house vulnerable to a future break-in. If your Wi-Fi is connected to smart home gadget or your security system, it could give criminals easy access to get into your home. Be smart about your password and keep your wireless router secure, also rename and hide your home network and be sure to install anti-virus and strong passwords. 

Have A Safe

If someone does get into your home, you want to make sure that your prized possessions are protected somehow. Do you have a safe somewhere that can hold these important documents? You also want your safe to be fire-resistant, waterproof, and also heavy enough that a thief can’t just walk away with it. Check out safes that have a redundant lock which is two locks in on safe. Select the right size safe for the valuables you want to protect it and also decide if you want a safe that is anchored or a portable one.

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When it comes to keeping your loved ones safe, figuring out home safety does not have to be difficult.

Use these tips to get started and relax. Because you don’t have to do it all at once. Look at what things are most important to you and create a plan to add the rest later. Being aware of potential security risks and taking action early is the best way to keep your home and your loved ones safe.