Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Securing Your Home and Property After a Break-In

When your home gets broken into, you don't just lose your material possessions; you can also lose your sense of security. Feeling safe again after a break-in isn't easy, but taking these steps to secure your home and keep your property protected is an excellent way to regain a sense of control while improving the security of your home and preventing future break-ins.

Improve Your Lighting

Burglars often love dark areas, so make sure that they can't find these areas around your home. By installing additional lighting around the perimeter of your lawn, you can make your house a lot less appealing for those who are looking for vulnerable, hidden areas. Plus, this lighting can allow you to feel safer and more secure when walking in and out of your home at night, and it's one of the most cost-effective methods of making your home feel safe and secure.

Change Your Locks

Changing your locks and ensuring that your windows are in good shape is both easy and inexpensive. You can buy a good deadbolt to replace your current lock and install it yourself, or you can hire a handyman or locksmith to do the job for you. If possible, consider spending a few extra dollars on a sturdier deadbolt that is more difficult to open. Also, if necessary, consider repairing or replacing your windows if they don't lock securely.

Talk to Your Neighbors

It's important to inform your neighbors about what has happened. Not only will doing so allow them to take necessary precautions to take care of their own homes and families, but it can also encourage your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity around your home. In fact, it might even be a good idea to start a neighborhood watch group so that you and all of your neighbors can look out for one another.

Install a Security System

Installing a security system is a great way to deter break-ins. Many would-be thieves won't even attempt to break into a home if they know that a security installation has been done, and the alarm itself can stop a burglar in their tracks.

Get a Dog

Getting a dog is a pretty big responsibility, but you might find that having one will make you feel safer. You don't have to have a vicious dog in order for it to deter would-be thieves; the noise that even a smaller dog can make will often be enough to call attention to suspicious activity and to scare away someone who is contemplating a crime.

Moving on after a break-in isn't easy, but following these tips to secure your property against future invasions is an excellent way to both take action and reaffirm your control over your own home and belongings.

Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

5 Emergency Situations and How To Prepare for Them

Life is full of surprises and, unfortunately, many of them aren't the good kind of surprises. We're all forced to deal with unexpected occurrences sooner or later, so it's best to prepare ahead of time for what could possibly happen down the road. After all, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Here are some emergency situations that you could find yourself in one day and how you can get ready for their coming.

  1. Home Invasion

    The home is supposed to be a safe place, but the truth is that no place is totally safe. When people get desperate, they can break into your home to steal or worse. You and loved ones could get hurt or even killed. Prepare for a home invasion by always keeping the doors and windows locked. Keep your cell phone on you at all times, and keep a flashlight by your bedside since invasions usually happen at night. If you have a firearm or other defensive tool at home, keep it at arm's length.

  2. Heavy Snow Storm

    Not everyone has to deal with the inconveniences of snow and cold, but unusual winter conditions have been reported in areas that don't normally experience them. If a bad snow storm hits your area, you could be trapped at home or wherever you may be for a while. Stock up on nonperishable food, clothing, medications, and medical supplies for the house. Keep a small amount of the same in the car as well. Having a lighter on you would be useful so that you can make fire when necessary. Heat will be crucial to survival in such a situation.

  3. Car Accident

    Auto emergencies can injure and take lives, and they continue to occur in alarming numbers. In fact, driving is one of the most risky things that a person can do, yet most of us have to daily. To prepare for a car accident store food, water, extra clothing or blankets, and first-aid supplies in the car. Make sure to have a cell phone and flashlight handy as you may have to spend some time fending for yourself until emergency responders can locate you. You can avoid most accidents by making sure your car is in good repair with quality parts from and being a safe driver at all times.

  4. Power Outage

    Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, winter storms--any natural disaster can knock your power out. Get ready for a blackout by buying flashlights, candles, matches, and lighters so that you can see. Invest in a portable generator if you have the money. Buy coolers and ice to preserve perishable food, and make sure there are lots of extra clothes around so you can stay warm when the heat is out.

  5. Societal Collapse

    When a major disaster such as war or viral outbreak destroys society as we know it, all of the survivors will do everything they can to continue surviving. When there's no one around to enforce laws, crime will be sure to run rampant. As far-fetched as it may sound, a societal collapse is very possible. Prepare yourself by stocking up on everything that might be needed for survival. Put an emphasis on acquiring clean water as well as guns, knives, and other tools that can be used for defense and hunting.

With all the unpleasant surprises that are sure to come your way in life you should really consider preparing for the worst. With this preparation for emergency situations you can be sure to stay safe because if you are caught unawares it's too late.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.