Saturday, July 13, 2019 Natalie Salem
About a year ago, in our Buffalo office, we got a security system installed. We had had many instances of people just walking in and showing up in someone’s office who had no idea who they were or what they wanted and it can be very frightening especially in this day and age where workplace violence and shootings are happening more frequently. With our security system, we can now go back through footage and see who comes to the door, rings the doorbell, and we are also alerted right to our smartphones of motion occurring in front of the camera. This is extremely helpful to see if anyone suspicious is hanging out in front of our office. We have taken great length to protect our workers and see if and who is by our office and it gets you thinking…. If you put this much effort into protecting yourself at work, why don’t you do it for your home?
In 2015, over $12.4 billion worth of property was reported stolen by homeowners. This is a terrifyingly high number that could have the potential to be prevented or at least have the perpetrator caught. Here are some ways to secure your home much like we have secured our office at OSEA:
- Lock your doors. Install a deadbolt and make sure that when you leave or go to sleep at night, the deadbolt is locked. Also, make sure to reinforce any sliding doors or glass doors.
- Install a doorbell camera
- Don’t leave a key easily accessible or in a common place within your garage or front porch.
- Lock your windows and use a reinforced glass, window bars, and install window break sensors.
- Safetywise.com also recommends planting a prickly bush under first-floor windows to deter burglars.
- Add in motion activated lights, solar-powered lights, and keep an outdoor light on overnight or on a timer. If your house is lit up, it is less likely to become a target.
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