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Home Inventory – A Guide for Homeowners and Renters

Home Inventory – A Guide
for Homeowners and Renters


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Keeping Your Home Safe on a Tight Budget

Is there a fail-safe way to protect your home? Absolutely not. However, you will be better protected if you have an alarm system. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 14 seconds in the United States. It’s not unreasonable to at least consider that your home could be next.

There are now some very inexpensive do-it-yourself alarm systems (some cost less than $100) that are easy to install. The most basic protection an alarm system offers is the plain fact that you have the system. Many burglars will choose to go elsewhere – to a home that is not equipped with this technology. This makes sense, because they know alarm systems work, and would rather not deal with the risk of being detected by a sensor which will sound the alarm and, as a result, alert you or call the police department.

Some monitored systems can be quite budget-sensitive. Get some quotes from national as well as local alarm companies so you can compare the type of service each has to offer.

For those on a very tight budget, there are some easy, no-cost and low-cost steps you can take to make your home less vulnerable – and less attractive to burglars.

  • If you don’t have deadbolts, install them on all exterior doors.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed and locked at all times.
  • When adding or replacing screen doors, purchase styles that have a lock.
  • Do you have sliding glass doors? Use a metal or wood rod in the track.

None of these are will prevent a break-in, but they will, at least, prevent someone from just walking in, and might present enough resistance that the would-be burglar will seek out a less difficult entry elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Keep your driveways, walkways and entryways illuminated with dark-sensor or motion-detected lighting. Though the FBI states that most burglaries happen between 6:00am and 6:00pm, these lights will deter the night burglars and will also give a sense of comfort to your family.

If you have an alarm, do you still need to have a personal property inventory? Yes, you do. Alarm systems might deter a burglar, which is a good thing. And if they don’t prevent the burglary, they will shorten the time the burglar will remain in your home. This lessens the loss, but professional burglars know exactly where they’re going and how long they have before the police will arrive. It’s amazing how much they can grab in just a few minutes. Therefore, an inventory will still be needed because this document will provide photos of what was taken. The model and serial numbers will help prove they are yours when items are located. An inventory and an alarm system go hand-in-hand.



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