Leaving These 13 Things

Could Keep You Safe

at Your Front Door

2. Pair of Boots

This trick is simple, but highly effective. The boots make it look as though someone in the house just left their boots on the doorstep.

6. Pocket Radio

Keep a small radio near the front door and turn it on when leaving. It’s an inexpensive way to make unwanted visitors think someone is still in the house.

8. WiFi Video Doorbell

Video doorbells send an alarm to your smartphone when someone approaches the front door. It also records a video. Burglars are getting smart to these doorbells and steering clear of houses when they spot one.

13. Security Door

Typically made of iron, steel, and metal screen or reinforced tempered glass, security doors are a strong and durable option for added security.

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