We are here in the land of the free and the home of the brave so there are a lot of great places to live. Cities such as New York, L.A., or Miami get a lot of attention but those of us living in Chattanooga realize that we have one of the country’s best-kept secrets. There aren’t many cities out there that can cater to tourists and residents alike but Chattanooga does just that. Whether you’re new to Chattanooga or are a longtime resident you will certainly agree. With attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium and Hunter Museum of American Art or beautiful spots like Lookout Mountain and the Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga offers much to its residents. One of the city’s recent struggles, however, has been a relatively high crime rate. While Chattanooga certainly isn’t competing with big cities like Chicago or Detroit for dangerous levels of crime, we aren’t immune to theft. The safety of our families and homes is likely a priority for all of us so here are a handful of simple tips to follow to effectively improve your own home security.
1. Try Breaking in to Your Own House
It sounds a little silly but locking yourself out and trying to break in to your own home is the best way to figure out your home’s weak spots. (It might be a good idea to keep I.D. on you just in case the cops show up.)
2. Put Interior Lights on Timers for When You’re Out
Burglars will be severely deterred if it looks like somebody is home so putting lights on timers when you leave helps a great deal. Timers are especially helpful for those times when you go out of town because it will allow you to have some lights on without running up your electricity bills.
3. Install Exterior Motion Lights
There are a lot of burglaries that occur during the daytime but nighttime burglars will have a much more difficult job breaking into your home if they are bathed in bright light as soon as they approach primary access points such as doors and windows on the main floor.
4. Change Locks Immediately when Keys go Missing
We all misplace our keys from time to time but we shouldn’t wait too long to give up the search and replace our locks. A set of keys in the wrong hands is a serious danger and a burglar won’t wait long to use them so it’s worth the inconvenience and extra cost to get locks changed as soon as you’ve expelled every reasonable effort to find the missing set.
5. Communicate with Your Neighbors
The safest neighborhoods are those wherein neighbors are looking out for each other. Even if you are not close friends with your neighbors it is important that you maintain good lines of communication so that suspicious activity can be reported right away.
6. Proudly Display Your Security System
The goal is to keep burglars away from your home so the earlier that that can be achieved, the better. Prominently displaying a sign for your security system will let potential burglars know that your house is not one they want to mess with.
David Glenn is from Tennessee and often freelance writes for Vivint. He is a retired home improvement professional with over 30 years experience in the industry. He spends his freetime keeping up on home technology advancements and eco-friendly initiatives around the world.
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