Cape Coral/SW Florida News…..June 2011
State and National News:
- 75% of Americans support homeownership Read more….
- Couple tells bank: ‘We’ll Foreclose on you’ Read more…
- Demand for rentals increases Read more…
- Property as a Graduation Gift, Investment Read more…
- Decline in South Florida homes for sale giving Sellers an edge Read more…
- All-Cash Buyers scooping up homes Read more…
Taxes and Insurance:
- If disaster strikes, will your insurance come through? Read more…
Cape Coral and SW Florida News:
- Cape Coral top pick for International Buyers Read more…
- 7 Cities where home prices are rising Read more…
- Cape Canal hearing rejected Read more…
- DEP dismisses Lee County’s petition for hearing on North Spreader Canal Read more…
Real Estate Tips:
- Turtles hurry here Read more…
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Do-It-Yourself Home Security Check: 5 Essential Steps
By: Joseph D’Agnese
Published: November 12, 2010
Conduct a do-it-yourself home security check by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in.
1. Keep your home well-maintained on the outside
Burglars want an easy target. Stand on the street outside your house and ask yourself: Does my property look neglected, hidden, or uninhabited? A front door or walkway that’s obscured by shrubbery offers crooks the perfect cover they need while they break a door or window. To improve security, trim shrubs away from windows and widen front walks.
2. Install motion detector lights
All sides of your house should be well-lit with motion-activated lighting, not just the front. Simple motion-activated floodlights cost less than $50 each, and installing them is an easy DIY job if the wiring is already in place.
3. Store your valuables
Thieves want easy-to-grab electronics, cash, jewelry, and other valuables, though some are not above running down the street with your flat-screen TV. Most make a beeline for the master bedroom, because that’s where you’re likely to hide spare cash, jewelry, even guns. Tour each room and ask yourself: is there anything here that I can move to a safe deposit box? Installing a home safe ($150 to $500) that’s bolted to your basement slab is a good repository for items you don’t use on a daily basis.
4. Secure your data
While you probably won’t be putting your home computer in a safe anytime soon, take steps to back up the personal informationstored on it. Password protect your login screen, and always shut off your computer when not in use (you’ll save energy, too!) Don’t overlook irreplaceable items whose value may hard to quantify, like digital photos.
5. Prepare ahead of time in case the worst happens
- Take a photo or video inventory of items of value in your home, and store the file online or in your home safe.
- Check that you’re properly insured for theft. Note that high-ticket items in your home office, such as computers, professional camera equipment, or other business essentials, may require an additional rider or a separate policy.
Joseph D’Agnese is a journalist and book author who has written numerous articles on home improvement. He lives in North Carolina.