Making Your Home Secure
Home security is not a major problem with an adult lifestyle community, as residents tend to look out for each other. Extra eyes on the street are a built-in deterrent to would-be break and enter criminals, but there are some commonsense things you can do to make your home safe.
That lived in look
If you spend the winters in Florida or Texas, or will be away for lengthy summer vacation, let your neighbours know and they will usually look out for you. Cancel your newspaper deliveries and arrange for someone to pick up discarded advertising flyers. Nothing says “We’re not home” more than windblown flyers and newspaper bundles. You should also let your community know in case they want to deliver special letters or documents.
Your home insurance policy probably has a clause about having someone regularly inspecting your home during long absences, so in winter arrange to have the snow cleared and the pathways shoveled. If there are drifts up to your front door handle and no sign of footprints anywhere, your home doesn’t have that lived in look. Interior inspection should include a check on all windows and doors, and your furnace and water heater.
Install light timers in some areas that go on and off at specific times and make sure your porch light is one of them.
How much security?
The level of security you need in an adult lifestyle community home will depend on your personal lifestyle. If either of you still have working careers that take you away from home on a regular basis, your needs are different from a resident who spends time on the golf course, in the garden or enjoying community activities.
Modern communications technology now allows you to monitor your home from a cell phone, where you gain access to video cameras installed at various locations. You can also operate the thermostat to control heat and air-conditioning, and turn on/off lights.
If you live alone and feel the need for extra security you can research companies who will install burglar alarm systems to any level of safety you choose. Your doors and windows can be “alarmed” so any unauthorized entry will set off a siren and send a signal to a central source where someone checks back with you. A code word signals who you are, and action to taken if needed. If you’re absent and the alarm is triggered and no code word is given, the police can be contacted. Your feeling of security is enhanced when you can “lock” the system from your bedroom and know the house is set up for the night.
Adult Lifestyle Communities for peace of mind.
Talk to your neighbours and see what level of security they favour. Chances are your new community is safer than most, and your home security needs will give way to peace of mind.