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Sometimes the smallest detail can make all the difference between a burglar getting into your home or not. Seemingly minuscule changes around the outside of your home can also affect whether or not a burglar even wants to try getting inside. Not convinced? Here are little updates you can make to your home that will make a big difference in safety. They're easy to put in place and cost close to nothing, so you really don't have any reason not to try them. 1. Replace broken blinds. One lost panel on your blinds is all a burglar needs to look into your home. Even though a broken panel doesn’t affect you much in terms of sleep or shade, it provides a burglar plenty of opportunity to peek inside your private living space. Don’t wait to replace a panel if it falls off. 2. Find shades that show light. Consider installing shades on your windows that are slightly translucent, so people looking at your house can tell that lights and lamps are on. These shades still make it impossible for burglars to look… Read more

If you can’t yet afford a place with a yard, having a balcony can offer a nice way to get some fresh air and be outdoors without having to leave your apartment. Balconies, however, tend to exist mostly in apartment and condominium complexes in more urban areas. Urban areas see a lot of foot traffic, which can lead to a lot of individuals passing right by your bedroom window. A balcony can be an easy way in for a burglar, so it's important to ask yourself: is your balcony a security weak point? If you've got one, here are something to consider and some ways you can secure your home a little more. 1. Cover the rails. If your balcony is encompassed by rails and metal bars, then people can easily look not only into your balcony, but also into your home. Whether you go for bamboo, cloth or some other material, cover up the spaces in the railing so people cannot see through, especially if you've got sliding glass doors or any windows. 2. Don't use it as storage. Storage… Read more

Based on look alone, certain living conditions may seem very safe, even when they are in fact some of the most dangerous environments. For instance, living near the police doesn’t always guarantee criminals will stay away, and having tons of neighbors doesn’t always ensure there will be an eye witness in case of a break-in. Let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about safe and less-than-safe living conditions. Living near a police station Living near a police station seems like the safest place to be. Criminals wouldn’t want to conduct their activity anywhere in the vicinity, since there would always be a cop nearby, and should anything happen and you called 911, there could be a unit on your property within a minute. While that’s all true, you shouldn't only worry about criminals that willingly visit the neighborhood, you should be more concerned about the criminals police bring into the station. Don’t forget that police aren't the only ones who hang out at the station, but the criminals they bring in to a jail cell before they’re released on bail,… Read more

When you live in an apartment building or condominium complex, you often get a pretty good glimpse into your neighbors’ lives. And, sometimes, what you see and hear may be concerning. It can be hard to believe your ears at first if you hear signs of domestic violence happening in a neighboring unit. But three women die every day due to domestic violence and over four million women suffer domestic violence from an intimate partner each year. If you believe domestic abuse is occurring in a neighboring unit, trust your intuition, but be careful how you approach the situation. What to do if you suspect domestic abuse Your instinct may be to call the police, but—unfortunately—this can often make matters worse for the abused. After the police show up, the abuser might get angry at their significant other, believing they're the one who called and ultimately escalating the abuse. Do not call the police until after you have spoken to the abused person and gained a sense for whether or not it would be safe for you to call. If they become panicked… Read more

You can’t always control who walks down your street and peers into your yard or home. All you can do is take the necessary precautions so that your house isn’t a target for burglary, like keeping your expensive car in the garage and leaving lights on when you’re away. That being said, there will be times when you’re at home and you can’t protect your house the way you normally would because you’re distracted. When you're cleaning, moving, watching the kids - these are all opportunities when burglars know your guard is down. But it doesn't have to be! Keep the following events in mind next time they come up and remember to not let your home fall prey to unwanted attention from strangers. Keep a close lookout during the following times. 1. When you’re installing your new TV If you are installing a new television or any entertainment equipment, ask the delivery personnel to be as discreet as possible. If you have a back entrance to your home, it might be a good idea to have the delivery truck back… Read more