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Security Tips from Federal Protection, Inc.

10 Tips To Prevent Crime In Your Home & Neighborhood

  1. Thieves look for homes that appear to be empty, so as a deterrent leave a car parked in the driveway, leave on radios or televisions and ask neighbors to provide surveillance. Most burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  2. Burglars want to spend no more than 60 seconds breaking into a home, so make entry more time-consuming by installing deadbolt locks on doors and bars and locks on windows.
  3. Make a special effort to secure the front door and first-floor windows because those are the two places thieves are most likely to gain entry: Front door 34 percent, first-floor window 23 percent, back door 22 percent, garage 9 percent, basement 4 percent and second floor 2 percent.
  4. Don’t hide valuables in popular places such as dresser drawers, bedroom closets or freezers. Those are the first places burglars look. Use safes for jewelry and weapons. Favorite items to steal are cash, jewelry, electronic equipment and games, silver, guns and items easily sold to pawn shops, second-hand stores or on the street.
  5. Reduce rewards of crime by marking valuables with serial numbers that can make them more difficult to pawn or dispose of in some way.
  6. Trim or clear bushes, hedges, trees and other vegetation that can provide a hiding place for criminals.
  7. Install porch, yard and motion-detector lights to supplement streetlights.
  8. Make sure that privacy fences are not providing concealment for criminals.
  9. Form Neighborhood Watch groups, which involve a partnership between residents and the police.
  10. If you see something, say something.

 

Carlos Rivera

Sr. Security & Technology Consultant

Federal Protection, Inc.

US Central & Midwest Region

Foundation Repairs

The HBA receives many calls about foundation repair. It can be simply needing someone to look at the foundation or that there are obvious signs of severe damage to the foundation of your home. It can be scary to see cracks and shifts but there are solutions.

Sometimes the age of your home is the biggest factor in serious foundation damage. We have quite a few homes in our community built in the 1920s. These homes will most likely need foundation repair due to erosion, tree roots, the amount of moisture over the years, and simply time. Homes were also built with different materials and systems in those times. If you live in an older home, take regular note of any visible signs of foundation damage.

No matter the age of your home, there are several ways that you can get foundation damage: your home was built on improperly compacted fill soils; poor drainage on your property; you experienced a plumbing leak below your home; tree roots are growing too close to your home; or mother nature takes a toll with an earthquake, flood, drought or other natural disaster that affects the foundation. These issues can cause tripping hazards, visible cracks, decrease in value, or structural damage that can turn very costly.

It might seem difficult to tell the difference between your home settling and actual foundation problems. A few signs to look for foundation damage are separation around garage door or windows, large cracks in brick or foundation, displaced moldings, uneven floors, or cracked sheetrock. Hairline cracks should be watched but are not necessarily cause for worry. Larger cracks or cracks that show up quickly are what you want to have checked out.

The good news is that there are many ways to fix your home’s foundation. You will need to call a professional to confirm the issues, find the cause, and then to proceed with a plan of action. There are different ways to repair your foundation whether it is a slab or a basement. Some homes might simply need basement waterproofing while others will need reinforcements. Piers, jacks, anchors, and bracing are different methods and a professional will know what is best for your home. You might also need to change the elevation of your property if it is water/flooding caused damage.

No matter the cause of the foundation damage, you want to make sure it is fixed correctly and that your home is in the best shape. If you have concerns, give our friends at Foundation Recovery Systems a call. As always, your home is an investment. Start with a great foundation and protect it.

Questions Before Building

If you’ve been thinking about building your next home, but feel overwhelmed by the process, The Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri can help you get started. Before you get to the fun part of picking counters, paint colors, and tile, you need to get realistic about what you want and what you can afford. […]

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