Shining the Light on Crime
I read a statistic today from the Insurance Bureau of Canada indicating there is a residential break-in every 90 seconds in Canada. I find that a rather sobering statistic. The question we need to ask is how to prevent becoming 1 of those statistics. There are many tips for crime prevention. Perhaps an obvious but often overlooked prevention tool is Security Lighting.
Lighting is one of the most cost-effective deterrents to burglary. Indoor lighting gives the impression that a home is occupied. If you are going to be away from your home, consider using automatic timers to switch interior lights on and off at preset times.
Outdoor lighting can eliminate hiding places. Install exterior lighting near porches, rear and side doorways, garage doors, and all other points of entry. Entryways to your home always should be well lighted. Place lights out of reach from the ground so the bulbs cannot be removed or broken. Aim some lights away from the house so you can see if anyone is approaching, or install motion-sensing lights, which turn on automatically as someone approaches.
If you are concerned about the cost of running lights, you are not alone. Switching to newer energy saving LED or Florescent lights will save you significant costs on your electricity bill, and the lifespan is impressive. The bottom line is that a few dollars in electricity can buy you great value in home protection.