Home security is important not only for protecting your belongings, but also your family. You can tell if your home is safe and secure by testing it yourself.
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If you can find the weaknesses in your home security, a skilled thief will definitely be able to. That's why Brett and Kate McKay at The Art of Manliness recommend you "case your joint", or scope out how you would break in to your own home:
- Are there areas around my home that would offer cover for a bad guy to break in without being seen?
- Is my house well-lit at night?
- Do I have any unlocked doors or windows?
- Can I easily see valuables in my home from the street?
- Do the people in my home have routines that would make it easy for a burglar to figure out when would be the best time to hit my house?
Be honest and do your best to think the way a burglar would. How would you break into your house? As the McKay's note, the keys to a good theft are time, noise, and visibility, so consider those elements as you case your joint. Pretend to plan a break in during the day and night to make sure you have everything covered. Have some fun with it and fix any found weaknesses as soon as you can.
Burglar-Proof Your Home: A Complete Guide to Home Security [The Art of Manliness]