This post was sponsored by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As a Mom of two small children, feeling secure in our home is essential to us as a family. When we built our home, we looked at various neighborhoods and felt our current one was key to us for a few reasons. As a concern for many homeowners like myself, I wanted to share a few things I’m doing to make us feel safer within our home both inside and out. These tips are critical for many of us and are actually very simple tips for security.
1. Monitoring Our Home
One of the big things we purchased after we moved in was a video camera. There were plenty of options for us to choose from but one big feature I wanted to have was being able to view what was happening around our home when we were gone, so I wanted to have access of it on my phone. For us this camera was the best, plus it runs on a long battery life, has great night vision sensors and keeps us feeling safer while we sleep.
2. Proper Locks
When looking at the proper locks for our home, there are a lot of options to choose from! The key is finding locks that have a BHMA Certified® SecureHome™ label on them. Seeing the above label ensures me that the lockset or deadbolt has been tested in the three most important areas.
These three areas include security, durability and finish. Security is how well a lock or deadbolt can withstand impact, whether from a possible intruder or extreme weather conditions. Durability means the how well a lock or deadbolt functions after it is repeated over a long term use. It also measures how well a lock or deadbolt operates with excessive weight on the door. Lastly, is the finish which is is how it can waistband the elements. The finish measures how well your door hardware can endure under a wide variety of conditions over the span of the products life. Humidity, saltwater, or even oils in our hands can all cause damage to the lock.
3. Place For Valuables
Over time, we’ve accumulated a lot of important paperwork and documents that should be kept in a secure spot. Birth certificates, passports, bank statements and any important valuables should be kept in one location that has a lock. We love this security safe that’s small and you’re able to have four different lock bolts to keep everything secure.
4. Get To Know Neighbors
Did you know that crime tends to be lower in tight-kit communities because neighbors are more likely to look out for one another and can spot a stranger easily. Your neighbor can be one of your best assets in home crime prevention because they offer an extra set of eyes. Plus, if they have a different work or school schedule from yours, they might be around during the day when you are gone and can alert you to any suspicious activity that might happen.
What tips are you doing to make you feel safer and secure within your home?