Do You Have a Safe Home Environment?

Everyone deserves to feel completely safe in their own homes. Hearing about hurricanes and tornadoes, burglaries and home invasions, power outages and riots (as well as other things) mean most people will feel less than completely safe in their homes. We believe this should change.

Some folks appear very safe—they have iron fences around their homes and security cameras to see what’s happening. But APPEARING safe is not the same as FEELING safe. For instance, do they feel safe because they have the fence and cameras, or do they have the fence and cameras because they don’t feel safe? It doesn’t matter to me—all I know is that if I was a burglar, I would see the fence and cameras and I would find an easier target. Even a burglar needs to feel safe in order to break in to your home.

We believe neighborhoods can be made safer one house at a time. Some things you can do to make your home safer are expensive—a big fence and security cameras—but many are not. For example, leaving your garage door open when you are home and closing it when you are away sends a strong signal to a burglar about when to break in to your home. Also, it lets a burglar see exactly what’s available in your garage for him to take the next time the door is closed. So leave your garage door closed at all times, and you can feel a little safer.

What else can you do this month to make your home a little safer?



  1. I was cutting the grass one day and left my garage door open because I was working in the yard. When I came back to the front of the house I found a stranger standing in front of his old truck looking in my garage. He was trying to sell left over asphalt he had from another job he said he was working on. I told him no thanks and closed my garage door. I was a little nervous about this encounter and wished I would have closed my door earlier.

  2. Jim LaVictoire Says: June 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    My neighbor left his car in the garage with the garage door open. Thieves were able to break in overnight and steal the car. They were lucky they didn’t break into the house. We call each other when we see the garage door open.

    • mmorrow Says: July 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Keeping an eye out for your neighbor is the right thing to do, making sure you lock your doors is the smart thing to do!

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