Safety and security are paramount concerns for every individual and their families. In an increasingly unpredictable world, it is crucial to take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our homes from potential threats. Now, TikTok is mostly known for viral dance videos and brainwashing tunes, but it can also be a treasure trove of life hacks and good advice. Take, for example, the videos shared by Lori Fullbright on TikTok, a crime reporter based in the US. With over 31 years (and counting) of experience reporting crime and interviewing criminals of all kinds, she is now sharing her knowledge of personal safety and crime prevention through informative videos on the social media platform.

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Here are some useful tips to ensure your safety and protect your home from intruders.

DO NOT stay quiet when somebody knocks on the door

Contrary to what our parents taught us, when somebody knocks on the door, it is important to make some noise to indicate the occupants are at home. Most of the time, burglars are looking to target empty homes so that they can break, enter, and escape with valuables without interference.

Barking dogs

Having a (guard) dog at home is always a good idea, as the risk of being attacked will deter most intruders or burglars.

Burglar alarm

Having a burglar alarm is vital, as burglars are most likely to be scared off by the alarm going off, which means security or the police would be alerted and arrive soon.

Don’t open the door when a stranger knocks

When speaking with strangers – or even just somebody you vaguely know but not familiar with – never open the door because they might try to force their way in.

Have an emergency plan

Prepare a contingency plan in the event an intruder comes in while you’re at home. It could be as simple as “they come in, you get out”, or if you are prepared to defend yourself, make sure to lock yourself in a secure place, grab a weapon, and call the police.

Bolt down your safe

Keeping your valuables in a safe is not enough, especially if the burglars can simply remove and bring it with them. Remember to bolt down your safe, no matter how heavy it may be.

Park your car in the driveway

A car in the driveway usually indicates that someone is at home, thus reducing the risk of a break-in.

Keep curtains open

While most people understandably keep their curtains closed to protect their privacy while at home, it is suggested that having the curtains open is safer, because whatever activity is going on indoors is visible from the outside.

Besides prevention for your own personal and property safety, did you know that crime prevention through environmental design is also an important factor when choosing property?