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9 Personal Safety Habits to Develop to Ensure a Safe 2017

Although there’s not one magic number for how long it takes to form a new habit as this book summary explains, one thing is for sure: Most of us start out a new year wanting to commit to some kind of positive change!

Eating healthier, working out more, cutting back on caffeine, reading certain books… The range of new habits we want to form is as varied as we are, and some of these are easier than others.

But while all of those types of habits will help to make you a better, healthier person, let’s talk about some ways to make you a safer person too, with some personal safety habits you can easily develop in 2017, and stick with for the rest of your life.

What is a habit? A habit is a regular tendency or practice. By making at least of few of the 10 suggestions below into habits this year, you will reduce your risk, to your property, yourself, your identity and more.

Safety habit 1: Lock all doors and windows all the time. This applies to your house, but also to your car and to your outbuildings like your garage and shed. And it means every door and every window, including upstairs windows and sliding glass doors. And it applies even when you’re home but perhaps in the backyard working in the garden, when you should at least lock the front door.

Safety habit 2: Change your passwords often and effectively. Americans are woefully pathetic about using safe passwords and woefully lazy about changing them. Protect your data and your identity with the easy-to-follow advice here, complete with a suggested system. (I followed these tips and I am now much better about my passwords!)

Safety habit 3: Make it look like someone is home. Although it’s not guaranteed to deter a burglar, making a house look occupied can help. Use automated lighting, either with timers or using your home security system. Keep a car in the driveway. Have a neighbor pick up packages. Close curtains on the ground level so no one can see in your windows.

Safety habit 4: Keep valuables out of sight. In our house, certain members of the family have a bad habit of leaving wallets and purses on the table in the front window. No, no, no, no. If it’s a temptation, make sure it can’t be seen through the window. This applies to your home and to your car.

Safety habit 5: Keep shrubs trimmed. Cut back any trees or shrubs that provide cover for burglars, then make it a habit to keep them trimmed. This means around your house and around any outbuildings someone might be tempted to break into.

Safety habit 6: Keep some information private. It’s shocking to me how much information people will share on social media, information that puts them at risk such as not being home, or having a spouse gone for a length of time, or being home alone, or leaving kids home alone. Social media is a public forum, no matter your privacy settings. If the public shouldn’t know about it, don’t post about it. Make it a habit to think about this before posting.

Safety habit 7: Postpone going public with your vacation photos. Sure, you want to get those photos posted on Facebook so everyone to know how much fun you’re having, but their jealousy can wait until you’re safely home again. Ditto for geotagging your photos.

Safety habit 7: Keep gas in your tank. This sounds like commonsense but let’s be honest here: How many of us have driven with the fuel light on in the last month? That’s dangerous. Any number of things could go wrong, and we’d be at risk because of a lack of gas. A neighbor once shared with me that he fills up his gas tank every Sunday after church, no matter how much or little gas he needed. Now that’s a good habit!

Safety habit 8: Protect yourself from identity theft by making these tips into regular habits.

Safety habit 9: Keep reading this blog! Bookmark it or look for the latest posts on Facebook, for weekly tips to improve your home and personal security.

Finally, consider investing in a home security system, if you haven’t already. It’s the one safety habit you won’t have to think about all year!

Our Top 8 Home Security and Automation Predictions for 2017

It’s that time of year again! That time when predictions are all over, from what will be the year’s most popular color to what will happen on Wall Street.

Over here in the world of home security, our predictions are a bit more pedestrian as we look into our crystal ball and think about what 2017 might bring about for homeowners like you and me.

We took a look at what pundits are saying, threw out the outrageous, and focused on those predictions that make the most sense for those of us who care about home security issues. Here are our top eight:

Prediction 1: Home automation will become more popular and widespread for controlling thermostats, lighting and even entertainment systems.

Home security systems have been evolving into home automation systems for a while now and will continue to do so in 2017, getting even more popular with the older generations—as opposed to being gimmicky and appealing only to the younger ones.

Prediction 2: Home security will get more comprehensive as homeowners choose to have more features. 

Our second prediction stems from the first one. As 2017 gets underway, customers will want even more of the additional features that are now available with home security and automation systems, like video surveillance on your smart phone, speaking to someone at your front door even when you’re not home, climate control and much more.

Prediction 3: Smart home technology will become commonplace, no longer seen as something for the geeky younger crowd.

When “smart homes” were first a thing, it was the techies and the young ‘uns who went for it first, but now smart home technology, like everything described in the first two predictions, will simply become what we’re used to—the new normal.

Prediction 4: Wireless will continue to be the first choice. 

Homeowners can choose between hard-wired and wireless home security systems. Wireless is a popular choice because it is flexible and doesn’t require drilling holes nor running wires. As more and more homeowners upgrade their systems or move and leave the hard-wired home security system behind, wireless will be the obvious choice.

Prediction 5: Video technology will become more commonplace in home security, including video doorbells. 

Yes, video doorbells so that when someone rings the doorbell and you’re not home, you can still see them and communicate with them. In addition, wireless video cameras that can go just about anywhere, indoors or out, are getting more common.

Prediction 6: Self-monitoring by homeowners will become commonplace. 

Although your home security system will come with monitoring by the vendor you’re buying from, homeowners get real peace of mind by monitoring their homes, family and properties themselves. Doing so from a smart phone will get even easier to do in 2017.

Prediction 7: Home security devices will get smarter, smaller and more efficient. 

Have you see how tiny the video surveillance cameras are now? That trend toward small—and therefore hidden—will continue.

Prediction 8: Voice control will become more common. 

Voice control is the ultimate in ease of use. By the end of 2017, you should be used to telling your home automation system what to do—so much so, you might forget which buttons to push if you don’t use your voice!

If you’re shopping for a home security or home automation system, keep these trends in mind. You’re investing in your family’s safety and your peace of mind. Make sure that investment is keeping up with the trends.

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