The easiest way to create a habit is by growing in consistency. When’s the last time you thought about how you take time to protect yourself, your home, and your belongings before going to sleep at night? Most people probably remember to lock their doors at the most. However, it would be much easier and more efficient to have a checklist of all of the areas you should cover before each day is over. We hope these four things will help point you to a consistent safety routine:
1. Get Your Mail
Have you checked your mail today? Before going inside for the rest of the evening, a simple first step to take on the checklist is to get your mail. This includes both your mailbox and your front porch. Especially if you have an outdoor mailbox at the end of your driveway, this step should not be skipped in your nightly routine. Your mail not only could contain private documents, but it could have your identification, bank statements, and much more confidential information.
2. Check your cars
A second thing you should double check before going to bed is to check your cars. Is your car locked? If they are in the driveway or visible/accessible from the street, are your valuables hidden and out of sight? Seems self explanatory, but always better to be safe than sorry!
3. Lock your doors
Once you get inside your home, make sure you lock all of the doors to your house, from your front door to your back door, including the garage door and/or patio/balcony door if relevant.
4. Close your window shades
Did you know that with the lights on, from the outside in, nearly everything is visible through the windows? That is why it is extremely important for your safety to close your window shades, to prevent any burglars from being able to peek in.
These four things are great steps to take to establish and keep a consistent safety routine to protect yourself, your home, and your belongings.