Tuesday 20 August 2013

Staying Safe In Torrance: Building A Safe Community To Bolster Home Security

Keeping your home and family safe can seem challenging in today’s world. Even here in Torrance where we can avoid many of the “big city” challenges of excessive crime, violence and overcrowding there are still plenty of problems that can come our way if we’re not careful. Torrance is a fabulous place to live and we all want to keep it that way. Something as broad as home security can seem like a daunting task to tackle but it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of simple things that can be done to help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe. One of the most important areas to focus on is being wise with your interaction within the community—both geographically and online. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind that are simple yet effective for improving your home security.

Be Selective with What You Post

The ease of online interaction tends to make some of us pretty careless with the things that we post. We forget how many people have access to the information that we put online, specifically on the social networks. We’d like to think that only friends and family are seeing the things that we post but unfortunately there are harmful people out there and they have just as much access to the internet and public content as anyone else. It is a good idea to double check your settings on sites like Facebook so that only those you know can see your posts, updates and photographs. Even if you’ve done so you should be selective about the things that you post.
Sensitive information should obviously not be shared anywhere online other than secured websites (online banking, etc.) but even seemingly harmless updates can cause problems. A tweet or update about the European vacation you are going on next week doesn’t seem to be a problem until you realize that it implies your home will be empty for a full week. That information is dangerous in the wrong hands so avoid posting pictures or statuses about vacations until after you’ve returned home.

Create a Trustworthy Culture in Your Neighborhood

Your neighbors are your best defense for your home when you are not around. And you are for theirs as well. Make an effort to meet everyone on the block and in the properties immediately surrounding yours. Whether you hit it off and become great friends or not is not as important as it is to create a relationship wherein communication can happen quickly and frequently. Make sure that you have the contact information of your neighbors so that you can get in touch with them if you see any problems around their property or if there is any suspicious activity that needs to be reported. As with online communication, it is still important not to share too much information with neighbors unless you know them well enough to trust them. Once you’ve formed trusted relationships with neighbors you can work together to keep an eye on each other’s homes, especially for those times when one of you is out of town. Home automation has come a long way in terms of securing your home while you are away but there is still no substitute for the watchful eye of a neighbor.

Lindsey Patterson is from Torrance, California and often works as a freelance writer for Vivint, helping others with home safety and security.

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