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New Year’s Resolutions That Could Save Your Family


It’s the beginning of a new year and along with that comes the regular New Year’s resolution activities that we all have engaged in at one time or another in our lives. I’m as guilty as the next guy. I’m good at making them and I’m good at breaking them. I’ve sworn them off and then taken them back. I’ve renamed them things like “to do lists” or “goals.” I’ve had big ones, little ones, long-term and short-term resolutions. However, my opinion is this: if it’s something you’re planning at the end of the year with the intention of accomplishing throughout the next year, then face it–you have a resolution on your hands!

With that said, I want to share my New Year’s resolution for this year. Even if you’ve sworn off resolutions FOREVER and you don’t do anything else this year, consider joining me with mine. I think you may find my resolution surprising and very easy to implement. It is one that will give you not only a sense of accomplishment, but a sense of  security. My resolution is home security–no, not Home Land Security, just plain old home security.

Home Security Statistic Shockers

  • Most burglaries occur during the day–yes, that’s right–between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • The typical home burglar is a male teenager who lives within a couple of miles of your home, yeah – “that” neighbor kid!
  • Burglars spend on an average between 8 and 12 minutes inside your home.  Set a timer and try walking around your house, scoping out your valuables; 8-12 minutes is a very long time.

Inexpensive and Easy Tips for Protecting Your Home

  • A home with a professional security system is three times less likely to be broken into than a home without a security system. (Even if you don’t have one, buying the stickers for them and placing them in a visible window can deter an amateur like that neighbor kid looking for some kicks.)
  • Consider alternative places from the master bedroom for hiding valuables. It’s almost always the first place most burglars will go.  (This is the first thing I will be doing on January 1st!)
  • Burglars want to spend fewer than 60 seconds on the actual breaking in. Anything you can do to lengthen that time, especially if it’s in a visible area, will increase the likelihood that they’ll pass on your house.
  • Leave front and back porch lights on at night and a T.V. on during the day.  The little extra increase you might see in the electric bill is a very inexpensive home security system.
  • The appearance of a vacant or unoccupied home is what typically appeals to burglars. Not bringing the garbage cans back up a few days after trash day can be a big sign you’re not around, just like letting the newspapers pile up on the front lawn or steps.

With all of the craziness in the outside world that is going on today, I really want the peace and security of knowing my home is a safe haven for me and my family.  So while these tips may seem like common sense and a little too easy, they were all actually given to me by law enforcement officials over the years. I am challenging everyone to join me with this little New Year’s resolution of mine–call it a “goal” if you must–but resolve to implement a couple of these tips into your homes, too.

And remember: keep an inventory of your possessions for insurance purposes, just in case.

Jeanne Frank is Prime Parents’ Club regular home and entertainment contributor who is a Real Estate broker and enjoys everything real estate related. She developed a love of interior design after studying it in Atlanta and San Diego. Jeanne provides quick, fun tips on everything home-related and entertaining including decorating, recipes, savings and more on her blog Fun Home Tips. Follow her on Twitter as @FunHomeTips and on Facebook.

2 Comments

  1. Michael Frank

    January 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Jeanne has some great points on the securing your home from invaders!!! We live in the woods which we are 600 feet off the main road, we have our lights on all night and tv running all day as well as our two four legged pets awaiting any visitors. and then if any intruders still want to enter our home, well i will leave that to your imagination. But everything here in JEANNE’s post is what every person should to do at a minimum without much cost. I mean really your garbage cans and newspapers stacking up well that just common sense, I’m sure you can get a family member or a neighbor to bring those items up to your home.