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Spruce up your home security with January-friendly tips


How secure are you? Are you as security conscious as you can be?

It’s easy to push home security to the back of our minds, even if it is something we are all acutely aware of. National Home Security Month, which provides information, good news and security tips throughout the year, has a How secure are you? quiz you can take to find out how secure you are at home.

Need help upping your score? NHSM has these tips that can be implemented right now, at no cost (Perfect for the January budget):

  • Never allow strangers to handle keys or look at key numbers, as these can be reproduced.
  • Ensure your children know how to act around strangers and how to open a door with the latch secured.
  • Don’t put your name on your mailbox as thieves may be able to track your contact number and call to see if you are home. Also ensure you can lock your mailbox.
  • Be careful not to advertise recent purchases (such as a new television) when disposing of rubbish.
  • When moving to a new home, ensure all locks are changed and remotes are reprogrammed, to prevent anyone with keys gaining access.
  • Lock tools such as axes, spades and ladders away when not in use, as these can be used to break in or in an attack.
  • Do not enter your house if you are unsure about the security status of your home when returning from work – for example if your dogs are not coming to your gate.
  • Teach your children how to use a panic button and make sure they know where it is located.
  • Teach your children to lock the front door as soon as it is closed behind them.

Consider signing up for NHSM’s newsletter so that you can receive regular updates and tips on keeping your home secure and doing all you can to ensure the safety of your family at home.


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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