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Jacksonville Home Security RecommendationsJacksonville has almost 1 million residents in the city limits, making it the largest metropolis in Florida. With that large of a population, crime is a concern for local law enforcement. Whether you live downtown or in the suburbs, alarm security is an easy way to keep yourself protected.
One way you can contribute to your home security is to clear out any obstacles in your front, side or back yard. A cluttered yard can provide cover and camouflage for a burglar. It gives a thief something to hide behind or a tool to enter your home. Here are some common obstacles to rethink:
--Bushes and Shrubs: While having a row of greenery in the front of your home may look pretty it also poses a security risk. Not only does it prevent neighbors from seeing any suspicious activity in your home, but shrubs can also provide a place for burglars to hide. If the gardener in your family is unwilling to budge, a good compromise is thorny shrubs planted close to your home. These may dissuade anyone from coming to close. Also, make sure you keep all plants properly trimmed and cut back.
--Tools: Leaving a ladder or hammer outside may seem more convenient than putting them away but burglars can easily use these tools to gain access to your home. A ladder will help anyone reach a second floor window and a hammer can certainly break through a glass window. You’ll keep your home safe by placing these tools in locked storage.
--Toys: Children’s toys left on your lawn are harmful to your home security. Expensive toys can lure a burglar into your home. Seeing a top of the line bike left out front will make a burglar wonder what else is inside.
--Decorations: Lawn and holiday decorations are great for your home’s curb appeal however, they pose two risks. First, they can be used to break into your home. Small statues can easily supplement a hammer for breaking a window. Secondly, larger lawn ornaments or holiday decorations can block your neighbor’s vantage point and provide a hiding place for thieves.
--Fences: Privacy fences are great but not for home security. While they keep your backyard a private place for you and your family they are not the ideal option for security. Instead choose a chain-link or picket fence (or something similar). These options will provide the same perimeter but also allow your neighbors to see anyone suspicious in your backyard.
Improving your Jacksonville home security is as easy as that. It does not have to be anything over the top or outrageous. It’s as simple as thinking like a burglar and deciding what improvements need to be made in or around your home.