Protect Your Family With These Home Security Tips

by Rob Godar 01/26/2020

There are a lot of effective ways to keep your home safe, secure, and free from intrusion, but those techniques are of little use if you don't consistently use them.

Technological solutions are well worth considering because they can be activated and monitored from almost any location.

Whether you're at a restaurant across town or comfortably lying in bed on a chilly night, the cost of a  high-tech security system can be worth it, in terms of convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

If the cost or learning curve of using an automated home security system is outside your comfort zone, there are still plenty of simple and inexpensive techniques you can use to keep your family safe and sound. Regardless of the strategies you choose, it's better to err on the side of caution than to assume it'll never happen to you.

Change your locks: If you've just bought a new home or recently moved into one, having new locks installed on your doors is one of the cornerstones of a good home security plan. While some homeowners tend to be rather tight fisted when it comes to lending their house keys to friends, neighbors, housekeepers, and contractors, others tend to be quite liberal with the practice. Each time your house keys have been copied and passed along to people you don't know well (or at all), the overall security of your home has been compromised. If you're not sure which category the previous owner of your home fits into ("tight fisted" or "liberal"), then it would make sense to change the locks on all your doors. That way, you're eliminating the element of doubt and fortifying the secureness of your new home. It will also help you sleep better at night and increase the chances that only welcome guests will pass through your doors!

Get to know your neighbors: By maintaining friendly relations with your immediate neighbors -- especially those that live next door and directly across the street -- they will be more likely to contact you or the police if they see anything suspicious. If you happen to be chatting with neighbors and they mention that they're going away for the weekend or longer, they'll appreciate it if you promise to "keep an eye on their house" while they're gone. Hopefully, they'll return the favor when you're away for the day or out of town for longer. It's a good feeling when neighbors are looking out for neighbors, but -- as is the case with all relationships -- it does require some maintenance. More often than not, however, it's worth it!

About the Author
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Rob Godar

Greetings everyone; those of you I know and those of you I’ve yet to meet!

My name is Rob Godar and I thank you for joining me on my journey as I share my long-time passion for Silicon Valley Real Estate.

My path to being in business for myself started at a young age. I am a proud Third Generation California native, growing-up in Sunnyvale. It was here that I began my entrepreneurial journey. I was a paperboy for both the Sunnyvale Daily Standard and the San Jose Mercury News. Up before the crack of dawn, and out collecting subscriptions long after the sun went down. I have fond memories of playing in the Metro Little League at Raynor Park. After graduating from Archbishop Mitty High School and attending both DeAnza and SJSU, I ran my own consumer electronics business for twenty years, learning much about business ownership and about the world of “sales”.

It was during this time of my life that I developed my passion for real estate. Initially, I became a homeowner, back when double digit interest rates were the norm. Talk about scary! I then began looking at real estate everywhere I went….on vacation, on my days off and even when out on dates with my now wife, Linda. We have been real estate investors for over 30 years and I’ve been an agent for over 12 years.