Here are ways to stay secure, safe, and keep ahead of the scammers and thieves, the best you can.

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There are too many ways scammers and thieves get into your home, your busines, your privacy. I've noticed more drones flying at window level - they could be looking into your homes. Thieves try to see if you are home by ringing the doorbell - think if you can talk to them from wherever you are, so they think you are in your home. If you have cameras set up, you can monitor your home and report a break-in as it's happening, or have video proof of the thieves and their faces.

I have a dog barking sound when my doorbell rings. Funny it was a science project my daughter came up with years ago, now a reality by others.

Keep a dog bowl and some dog toys in plain view of windows or doors that people can see.

Make sure to pick up the papers and packages on your driveway and porch, as they are left. Sitting there is a clue that you are not home. Not only that, but there are people who follow delivery trucks and pick up packages as they are left, stealing right from your porch. Have a neighbor pick up for you if you can't.

Don't answer the phone if you don't know the caller (sometimes even familiar numbers are spoofed so you think it's someone you know). If a call is important, call back after you hear the message.

Use random light controls to go on when you are away, at various times and not on the exact schedule every day.

Don't stop the paper delivery while gone - better to have them picked up than to let someone see your house is being skipped - a sign you are away for awhile.

Don't post on social media that you are on vacation - until you get back. Your friends may be trustworthy, but the comments they make and the likes they react to, show your post on their friend feeds - and you don't know their friends (they might have clones as friends, or accepted rogue people as friends).

Be smart with your home and make it less appealing for anyone to want to break in.

For your home, you should consider looking into and having some of the below (SmartHome has a great selection of security products and most of the below can be found here!):

  • good sophisticated locks
  • a security system - with alarm
  • Caller ID - know when not to answer the phone to scammers
  • Motion sensors and detectors
  • Outside lights and motion detector lights
  • Keyless doorknobs and deadbolts
  • Electric door strike for wood doors
  • Knocking sensor for digital peephole viewer and recorder
  • Video door phone
  • Security cameras
  • Smoke detectors and alarms
  • Radios for communications
  • Sirens
  • Home control system
  • Water alarm, moisture sensor
  • Freeze sensor
  • Remotes to control home features
  • curtains or blinds to keep you and your home private

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