It may not look like it now, but spring is just around the corner. With plenty of sunshine and dry weather, this means that a lot of our readers will be remodeling their homes. Whether adding a single room, upgrading a few fixtures or completely refurbishing an entire house there are certain security precautions that should be taken during and after these projects are completed. If you are among those planning to spruce up a nest this season, know that integrating the following home security tips into the process will save you time as well as help keep your house and your family safe in the process.
A Change of Pace
While much of the country suffered a brutal winter and many of your homes are still buried under layers of snow, know that warmer days are coming soon. Contractors, construction workers and legions of do-it-yourselfers are already rolling up their sleeves to work on special building projects that better weather will soon allow. Unfortunately, some burglars are also looking forward to this change of pace as they know that some of these projects will create opportunities for them to break into properties while work is being done.
The Allure of Tools, Materials and Fixtures
For a burglar, things like copper wiring, power tools and new household fixtures and appliances are a great payday. The very items used to create the home of your dreams may be the same ones that attract a criminal element. Thieves attracted to these items are known to break into construction sites after hours to nab these very items.
The best way to distance yourself from a crime like this is to place all tools, materials, fixtures and other supplies in a secure storage facility overnight and on weekends. Also, your property should be well-protected by surveillance cameras, a security alarm and home security signage should be clearly displayed in order to warn a burglar that your guard is not down just because a little cosmetic work is in progress. Depending upon the extent of construction taking place at your home, you may want to consider placing a temporary fence around it, too.
Keep Careful Watch
Speaking of keeping your guard up, as often as possible, keep a close watch over those hired to help in your home’s remodel. Often, one or two of the very workers used to help create the home of your dreams may also be the very ones to turn your experience into an absolute nightmare. This can be particularly true if hiring people whom you have not vetted and do not have a history with, such as day laborers or random handymen found in places like Craigslist.
To avoid being ripped off by one of these double-agents, install surveillance cameras in and around your home. Don’t stop there, however, as your job is not done yet. Take the time to discreetly check your cameras daily to be certain that their field of vision hasn’t been adjusted or that they haven’t been turned off, disconnected or otherwise tampered with. Also, randomly review the footage from those cameras as often as possible.
Avoid hiring workers who are not licensed or bonded. While the desire to save money is understandable, the price that you may pay for hiring someone with a criminal history may be entirely too high. And even if hiring workers who are licensed, bonded and affiliated with a reputable company, continue to watch them closely as they work in your home. This means that you or someone you trust should remain at the property while work is being done.
In addition to visible security cameras (which are a strong deterrent, even if they are fake), place a few hidden cameras around the inside of your home. While you obviously want to see what is going on in the main construction area, place cameras in other areas where no work is being done. By reviewing the footage– or by randomly watching a remote live stream throughout the day, you can witness whether or not workers are wandering into areas that have nothing to do with the remodel.
Protect the Little Things
Jewelry, emergency cash and small electronics that can be discreetly slipped into a pocket should be tightly protected. If you have a safe at home (and you should) place valuables like these there while your home is being worked on. Small things like this may not be immediately missed, but are pretty easy for a thief to walk away without even other workers noticing.
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