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4 Home Security Mistakes You Can Fix For Free

Your home should be your secure fortress, but there are many common mistakes homeowners make and don't give a second thought to. Many security improvements won't cost you anything at all other than a change in your daily routine and habits, and they can make a world of difference in protecting your house and valuables from theft and damage.

#1: Break Down Your Boxes

These days, nearly everyone shops online. Boxes have a wealth of information on them, and they're easily accessible to people passing by if you just leave them on the curb. Break them down and remove or black out the labels containing your personal information. Try to hide boxes advertising large, expensive purchases like large televisions and computers inside a garbage can or dark bag so that you're not advertising your new goodies to the entire neighborhood.

#2: Keep Mum on Social Media

Don't assume that friends are the only people who can see your social media accounts. Many platforms have confusing security settings that change often, and you might have acquaintances you don't know very well on your lists of friends and contacts. Don't announce plans to go on vacation over social media and make sure the rest of your family members know to keep plans private. You can always email those close to you to let them know you're leaving or post pictures of your trip after you return, but travel plans are best kept off the internet.

#3: Keep Your Curtains Drawn

It's perfectly fine to open your shades and curtains to let in some natural sunlight, but it's best to get into the habit of closing them at night when a single lamp or the light from your television can illuminate an entire room so brightly that anyone passing by can see exactly who is home and what you have. Most window dressings let a little bit of light through, so your house won't look totally dark and empty from the street.

#4: Stay on Top of Your Mail

Would-be burglars can open your mailbox as easily as you can. If they see a large stack of mail, they'll assume you're not home. Designate a trusted friend or family member to gather your mail if you'll be out of town for more than a couple of days and take a few minutes to gather your mail every day when you're home.

Though many security improvements won't cost you a dime, it's worth investing in a security system to keep your home and family safe and give you peace of mind when you're away. Many alarm systems require a minimal investment, and a home security company can help you decide which system is best for your needs and budget. For more information, contact companies like Tele-Plus.