We often rely on our homes to protect us from the perils of the outside world, but what protects our homes? Whether the threat is a natural disaster or burglars, insects, or bacteria, there are a variety of potential dangers facing our homes each day. Take charge of keeping your home (and your family) safe with the help of the excellent Web sites we've included in this guide.
The FBI reports that in 2005 alone, more than two million burglary offenses were committed in the United States. Even the thought of having an unwanted person in your home can be frightening, so we've found some Web sites that can help you learn what you should do to protect your family and your home against criminal activity.
- You'll find an abundant list of Web sites selling home security products. Before you start buying alarm systems and security cameras, check the sites we've listed here to learn how to select the right security system and make other necessary corrections that can improve the safety of your home.
- If you're considering buying a gun to keep in your home, make sure you follow necessary safety precautions. The National Rifle Association has a list of gun safety tips for parents.
For home security tips …
The Discovery Channel
devotes part of its site to its television series It Takes a Thief
, in which two reformed ex-cons demonstrate how burglars operate. Find quizzes and tips about home security and burglary, or use the Home-Security Interactive feature to see if you can find and fix the weaknesses in a home that may be prone to burglars.
The National Neighborhood Watch Program
has a free, downloadable booklet called "Preventing Burglaries—How to Protect Your Home." It provides crime statistics and explains how to secure your home to minimize the chance a burglar will enter.
My Great Home
, a site for manufactured and modular homeowners, teaches you how to keep your home safe from burglars while you are on vacation or away from home for an extended period of time.
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