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Home Security Tips that Help Prevent Burglaries

by Anadalys De Armas 02/18/2019

A struggle that everyone faces is keeping priorities straight. As careers advance, families grow, and financial responsibilities increase, some priorities fall by the wayside.

One example of how that can happen is with home security. When you have your mind on twenty other things that need to be taken care of this week, it's easy to forget about consistently locking doors, turning on security lights at night, and being observant of suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood.

There are dozens of home security mistakes people make every day, most of which are the result of complacency or a lack of awareness. Probably one of the biggest security blunders many homeowners and renters make is broadcasting the fact that they're away from home, traveling, or planning to leave the house for any period of time.

In many cases, you may be unaware of security breaches you're creating. In an era in which nearly everyone has a social media presence, it's very common to let your guard down and announce on Facebook or another platform that you're planning to go to a high school reunion, a wedding, or a week-long vacation at a Florida theme park.

While sharing personal information on social media or blogs may be one way to keep in touch with friends and family, it's often safer to be a little vague about exact dates and times you're away from home. Once you've returned, there's certainly no harm in providing a full account of your travel adventures, but doing so beforehand can be a little risky -- especially if you haven't set your social media account settings to private

Forgetting to have your mail or newspaper delivery suspended for the duration of your absence is another way people inadvertently advertise the fact that their house is unoccupied. The ideal scenario is to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home while you're gone. That enables them to report any trespassers or other suspicious activity to the police.

Even if you don't have mail or unread newspapers piling up in your mailbox, driveway, or front steps, there's still the chance that an unexpected package will be delivered and left out in the open for passersby to see. You can't always predict when a box, a catalog, or an advertisement is going to be left at your home, so it pays to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house daily to remove any telltale signs that no one's home.

Perhaps the ultimate in home security is to have closed circuit cameras, monitored alarms, and/or a wireless security system installed in your home. Once you get the hang of it, being able to monitor and control different aspects of your home environment remotely can enhance your security, your safety, and your sense of well-being.

About the Author

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Anadalys De Armas

Originally from Cuba, Anadalys De Armas has been a resident of Miami-Dade County for over 20 years. Raising a family in Miami has given her insight into the many amenities and lifestyles each neighborhood offers. Her ability to make good judgments and quick decisions as well as her extensive knowledge of Miami-Dade areas provides buyers and sellers with the facts they need in order to make informed and accurate decisions. She also lived in several other countries like Russia and Sweden, where she acquired international experiences and perspectives. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and understands quite a bit of the Russian language.

Anadalys became a Real Estate Agent in 2004. Her real estate specialties include sales in both the Commercial and Residential fields, along with Commercial Leasing. She truly enjoys the opportunity to help people realize their real estate dreams. To this end, she provides complete loyalty to each individual; from home buyers and sellers, to project developers and investors, the ultimate goal remains the same: complete satisfaction and a lasting relationship.

Her hobbies include running, yoga, horse riding, charity, travelling, jet skiing and scuba diving. Her love of reading keeps her up with current events, the latest in technology, and market trends. The result in personal growth is a benefit to her, as well as to her customers. She is very active in the local community, participating in many events. She supports multiple charities, including the One Child Matters, the Children’s Miracle Network, and others. Supporting charity “gives me self-confidence and spiritual strength, and also helps me remember what really matters in life,” she says.