The fall season is a time when we are tempted to sleep with open windows. Who doesn't like that crisp, autumn air and a chance to turn off our air-conditioners? Unfortunately, open windows pose a security risk.
Recent news stories have covered several home invasions in the city of Chicago. These invasions took place in what are typically known as quiet, safe neighborhoods. Burglars entered through open windows. Fortunately, burglars (who were entering between the hours of 3:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.) haven't thus far awakened those sleeping in the homes. They stole valuables, but no one was faced with the unknown of what could happen if a burglar is caught in the act.
There are many ways to keep your home and family safe that won't break the bank. When you think of the money we all spend on unnecesary items, I think it's safe to say securing your safety is worth the investment.
For starters, statistics show that burglars will avoid homes that are well lit, have alarm systems and surveillance cameras. Invest in some lights for the outside of your home. You can install lights that remain on at all times or motion detector lights. The one I've linked here comes on when someone crosses its path and then begins to record/film the area. U-Spy Store carries many affordable home alarms systems that don't require monthly monitoring fees. If burglars see any of these protection devices, they will choose another home that isn't protected and prepared.
Consider installing indoor motion detectors. We even carry a motion detector that is "pet immune" for pets weighing up to 60 lbs. Place wireless motion alert alarms in your driveway or near your garage. If an intruder is on your property, these detectors will set off alarms.
You can also install "glass break alarms" on your windows or sliding glass doors. If you must sleep with an open window, there are products that will allow your window to remain open, but allow you to lock the window in a position that prevents it from being opened further. However, for added security, I would install the glass break alarms I mentioned above.
Lastly, keep your cell phone near your bed while sleeping. If any of the products you may decide to purchase have remotes with panic buttons, keep them near your bed. They won't do you any good if you can't access them immediately. I also keep pepper spray next to my bed. Although I hope to never be a victim of a crime, I do know I will be prepared to defend myself if someone enters my home.