This guest post from Werner Rogers
Home security is a common topic at our monthly Homeowners’ Association meetings. Our neighborhood has cameras in several areas but the first steps should start at home! In addition to having Home Alarm Systems, home owners can and should take several commonsense steps to protect themselves and their families. Always lock your doors, even when you are at home. It may seem like an inconvenience to have to unlock the door whenever you go in and out but home invasions are on the rise. How frightening to have someone walk into your house while you are there! Also, don’t open the doors for strangers. Our neighborhood has a “No Solicitation” policy so there is no reason for anyone I don’t know to be at my door. If you live in a neighborhood that does not have a “No Solicitation” policy, talk to your HOA members. Signs for posting throughout the neighborhood are inexpensive and can help keep unwanted solicitors from your doorstep. Having a “No Solicitation” policy allows you to call police whenever you do see strangers approaching your home.