Springtime Yard Work Can Increase Home's Curb Appeal and Security
TOPEKA, Kan., /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As homeowners get back outside and into their yards this spring, Protection One, one of the largest providers of monitored security services in the nation, suggests these landscaping and home improvement tips for increasing curb appeal and home security:

-- To reduce the chance of easy entry into your home, plant thorny bushes below first-floor windows and cut tree limbs away from second-story windows. Remove objects that might assist a would-be burglar in accessing your home, such as ladders stored near a garage or trashcans that could be used as a makeshift ladder to enter a window or scale a fence;

-- To prevent intruders from hiding behind shrubs around your home, trim bushes to expose branch structure;

-- To illuminate vulnerable or isolated exterior entrances, install motion lights; and

-- To make it easier for emergency personnel to locate your home in an emergency, install easy-to-read and illuminated address numbers in a visible place on the front of your house.

Protection One also suggests following these tips for securing your home year-round:

-- Always be aware of usual and unusual activities in your neighborhood and immediately report suspicious behavior;

-- Secure all windows and doors that are accessible from the outside, including those upstairs;

-- Never leave a spare key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best places;

-- Install peepholes so you can screen your visitors;

-- Ask to see identification from service and delivery people before letting them into your home;

-- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior entrances;

-- Make sure smoke detectors are working and up-to-code or consider adding a monitored smoke or heat detector; and

-- Post emergency phone numbers by the telephone, including your cellular phone or pager numbers, for your children or babysitter to use when you are not at home. Make sure visitors staying at your home also know your address and where emergency numbers are located.

For additional tips and a free "Guide to Keeping Your Family and Home Safe and Secure," visit www.ProtectionOne.com or call 1-800-GET-HELP. Protection One provides burglar and fire alarm equipment and services to more than one million homes and businesses in the United States.

SOURCE Protection One


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