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There have been some disturbing statistics gathered by the Bureau of Justice; -- 77% of all crime was property related -- On average nearly 17 % of all crime domiciles were violated by a burglar -- In 85% of burglaries, the offender gained entry into the house or other building. Ask any expert in the field and they will tell you that 90% of all burglaries are preventable. So if the odds are so good that it will happen to you and it is such a preventable event-what is it you have to do to stop the burglars? Sometimes the best home security is implemented when you are the one making the assessment and any corrective action- a do it yourself home security plan. Here are home security tips to think about that will definitely discourage or flat out stop a potential intruder from entering your house. It is not an all inclusive list but one that if followed will certainly go a long way toward making your home more secure. 1. Take a critical look at your house from the outside. Is your house well lit? Are there hiding places near doors and windows? If you can spot a potential weakness in your home's overall layout you can bet a professional burglar can exploit it. Remember that light is a burglars' enemy, and darkness a friend. 2. What could slow down a burglar from entering your home? Simple home security devices such as locks on doors (deadbolts are best) and windows, bars, grates - items that are visible from the exterior of the house - will not only act as a deterrent but slow down an intruder should he decide to try to enter. The more time it takes to break into a home, the more discouraged a burglar will become. Time is the enemy of the burglar. 3. How noisy can you make it if someone gains entry? Noise is also the enemy of the burglar. There are many home security alarms activated by doors or windows opening or by motion. The sound of a barking dog, real or recorded, are very effective and will scare most burglars away. Lights, noise and time - they are the three biggest enemies of an intruder. If you implement these home security tips to fortify your house you may well avoid a lot of potential break-ins. But there are some other things that will help as well. -- Move valuables away from outside view. Don't risk tempting someone. Consider putting small valuables in Diversion Safes. -- Start or join a neighborhood watch. Strangers usually stick out in a neighborhood and should be reported immediately to police. -- Keep your house look occupied when you are gone. Burglars are much less likely to consider intruding a house they feel is occupied. -- Lock your doors and windows. Even when you are gone for a short period of time. Summertime presents a huge temptation to leave doors or windows open. Don't give in to the temptation. I have seen so many garage doors open only one or two feet to let the heat out which is also just enough to let a burglar in. Many police departments will offer advice on how to make your home more secure as a public service. Call for availability in your area. There are several simple things you can do to make your home less prone to intrusion by a burglar. Start with an assessment on how to make your home well lit, more secure, and in the event of an entry - how to make it very noisy. Light, time, and noise are the enemies of the professional burglar.
The bad news is that crime statistics, death, injuries, home intrusions, and loss of property continue to rise. It is hard to believe, but according to FBI statistics a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. The good news is that there has never been a time when such a variety of quality security equipment has been available, and at such affordable prices. Let's fight back! When talking about home security equipment, one size does not fit all. Security equipment must be tailored to meet the particular needs of each house or company. One may need entry detection, while another needs camera surveillance, and another may need motion-detection floodlights. Let us look at some of the many choices available. Home Security Systems Many articles have been written on this subject and the basics are probably known by most readers. Systems are either wired or wireless, just as the names imply. For a renter, a wireless system is the logical choice, as the installation does little if any damage to the premises. And, the system can be taken when the renter moves. Wired is the system of choice in an owned residence, but it has its pros and cons. Because wires are run from every protected point to the alarm control panel, holes must be drilled and wires fastened. However, when done by a professional company, the work is done with care and is mostly concealed. Labor is the main contributor to the high cost of a wired system. At today's labor rates, several technicians working in your house for a week can run up quite a bill. A money saving tip here is do-it-yourself. If you have the basic knowledge to fix a lamp cord, you can read the wiring diagrams and install a wired system at a reasonable cost. Your car, motorcycle, camper, or boat on trailer can also be connected to the security system. Many types of motion detectors are also available, some even "pet friendly". Regardless of wired or wireless, ultimately either system can sound a local alarm, connect to a monitoring station, call your mobile phone, or be custom tailored to meet the exact needs of the user. Surveillance Cameras Like home security systems, cameras come in two types, wired or wireless. When the door bell rings, how comforting it is to see who is at the front door. Even low cost systems can view multiple points, and display all cameras on just one split screen monitor. Camera products change rapidly, offering more and more features at lower and lower prices. One of the best recent offerings is an outdoor motion-activated floodlight and color camera combination. It does not get any better than that! Disturbing statistics show that we cannot always trust persons in our house, like the baby-sitter or a serviceman. A wireless hidden camera provides an ideal solution for this case. It is, in fact, one of the most popular home security items. Other uses for an indoor camera include keeping watch on your prized possessions, and of course keeping watch over your baby. Home Automation Here is an area of products you will want to look at while security shopping. The evolution of security products has blended into a new category of home automation products. We have traveled well beyond the wireless garage door opener. Your home computer can now be used to control appliances, lighting, cameras, store camera video files, check on your home, turn on and off your security lighting and even your sprinkler system!
Your home office is often the center of your professional life. Creating your ideal home office is not just about aesthetic beauty, but is also about creating a comfortable environment that is more conducive to work and creativity. Renovating your home office can be a labor of love. Whether you are looking to make big changes or just a cosmetic upgrade, a home office renovation is a great do-it-yourself project. Here are some ideas for your do-it-yourself office renovation: Choose Your Color Scheme The color of your office not only determines the rest of your dÃˆcor, but can also affect your creativity and work flow. Some colors can make it harder to concentrate or distract you from your work. Neutral colors like beige and grey are always safe, but muted green and pale blue colors can be refreshing as well as calming. Flooring You want your home office to be a comfortable and inviting space without being too distracting. Something practical like hardwood makes it easy to maintain in the event of mess, or a simple neutral-colored carpet would be comfortable but also maintain a professional look. Wall Space You can make use of your wall space with shelving units to hold your books, files, etc. Bookcases can be used, but can take up a lot of space and look bulky if in a small space. In this case, chose built-in shelving instead. Furniture The furniture is the focal piece of your home office. Depending on how much space you have to utilize, you can do a lot with furniture. First of all, you want to find a desk that not only fits in with your dÃˆcor, but also provides an adequate and comfortable work space. Make sure that whatever desk you choose will have enough surface space, drawers, and cabinets that you need. Your desk chair is also important; after all, you are likely going to spend a lot of time sitting there so it needs to be comfortable. If your space allows, it is a good idea to bring in some other seating options as well. For visitors or clients, somewhere comfortable to sit is a must. A sofa or a plush chair really makes use of the space and provides another focal point in the room. Home office renovation is a great do-it-yourself project. You can really make your work space your own and create a comfortable area to work in.
The office is often seems to be a spot of contention in the house because of the important role it can play. With so many people working at home at least part of the time, the office becomes the keeper of all thatâ€™s important â€“ and everything is important. It can also be a place where kids do their homework of the family shares the computer. There are two items of focus in an office: paperwork and objects. In your 15-minute declutter sweep, ignore the computer: itâ€™s really only taking up space and there is not much you can do to make it uncluttered other than dealing with the cords (and thatâ€™s a 15-minute or more project on its own!). Give it a quick swipe with a dust cloth if you like, then move on. A home office tends to collect things: awards, collectibles, books, souvenir mugs, and a host of other items find a home on and around your desk. In addition, you likely have equipment such as a computer, printer, scanner, docking stations and external hard drives. Thatâ€™s a lot of â€œstuffâ€ to deal with. Start by cleaning up everything at eye level. Determine if itâ€™s a â€˜put awayâ€™ or â€˜tidy upâ€™ item. Eye level would also include anything you can sit on. Perhaps there is a chair or small sofa besides the main office chair. What does it have on it? Take care of those items first. If they hold clothes or stuff that belongs elsewhere in the house, have a basket or box handy and toss them in. Youâ€™ll deal with that later. As you move around the room, your goal is to straighten up. Most office items â€“ other than paperwork â€“ should have a place to reside. For example, books go on the bookshelf (surprise!), knick knacks go on shelves and charging cords go in a drawer. With the eye level stuff put away, pick up anything on the floor and put it away, too. â€œPut awayâ€ means located in a place that is previously designated for the item or a place that is not visible. (You can work on the closets and cabinets in another, longer decluttering session.) Tackle paperwork next. Have on hand a basket or container with a lid (with the lid being critical). You cannot file paperwork in 15 minutes so it needs to be collected into a central location for dealing with later. If you have time, give it a quick sort. Toss what you can and loosely organize the rest into relevant piles. If you fill up the trashcan, be sure to dump it when youâ€™re done. Trashcans are clutter by themselves. If you put stuff away in the desk, avoid the inclination to want to clean the desk drawers. This is not the time for that. Your goal should only be to put like items in the same drawer, not organize the contents. When you think you have everything in the proper location, do another quick pass and straighten things up. Arrange objects in groups of 3â€™s or 5â€™s, stack or line up books, be sure pens/pencils are in their proper containers, etc. Itâ€™s important to note that you should not plan to dust or clean anything at this time: thatâ€™s handled during your routine cleaning tasks. An office can be the most difficult area of the house to declutter in record time. Take a focused approach, have your plan in place, and then dive in.
Establishing your own home business have its own set of challenges but it can be an exciting prospect for the most part. To set up a home office that makes working convenient and efficient for you, there are some essential factors that you need to consider when putting your home office plans together. Before you look into the finer details of your home office setup, you should work out the basics first. Taking care of these basic items will help you in taking care of the specifics later. - In which part of the house do you plan to set up your home office? Consider the year-round conditions of that particular area in the house. Make sure that it provides a convenient place for you to attend to business and work essentials. If you have your eye on the basement, consider the facts that there may be very little sunlight reaching you, and that it may get considerably more cold in the winter than the rest of the house. Of course, setting up near any windows that the basement may have, along with getting some personal space heaters could mitigate these concerns. - Find a quiet place in the house. Setting up your home office away from areas that will have a lot of distractions will help you increase productivity. This is an important consideration if you have young children at home. - What kind of customer interactions will you have in your home office? If clients will be coming to meet with you, you should make sure that both your family and your clients can enjoy some privacy while they meet with you. It is also a good idea to have a bathroom available for clients to use. These are just a few things that you should think about in the beginning states of your home office planning process.