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6 Tips for Better Home Security and Peace of Mind

As a homeowner, your top priority is making sure your family and your belongings are safe from harm or theft. And while many homeowners simply install automated home security systems and count on these advanced monitoring alarms to keep them and their loved ones safe, it’s important to take extra precautions to get true peace of mind.

To reduce your risk of being a victim, check out Blindster’s top home security tips:

 

Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines

1. Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines.

Would-be burglars can be savvy, and if they know a home is equipped with a security system, their first order of business may be cutting the power lines to the home or to the alarms. Whether you’re planning on installing a security system or you already have one, make sure the power supply and wiring are either out of sight, buried, or encased in a protective barrier.

Change your locks when you purchase a new home

2. Change your locks when you purchase a new home.

Your first order of business when buying a new home should be changing the locks and getting new keys made for every member of your family. Make sure that all exterior entrances are equipped with new locks. In addition, you also may want to change the locks every few years, especially if you’ve ever needed to give spare keys to housekeepers, handymen, painters, and contractors.

3. Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places.

Almost everyone has been in a situation where they need to drop off a key for a family member or friend, and almost everyone goes to the tried and true “hiding spot” of under the mat, inside the mailbox, or in a planter next to the front door. Unfortunately, burglars are equally familiar with those hiding spots, and many homes have been stripped of their valuables by people who simply helped themselves to a spare key and walked right in. Get more creative if you need to leave a spare key, and never leave it out for more than one day if possible.

4. Use a random garage door entry code.

Many garage doors can be opened with just a four-digit passcode. While that’s enough digits to make it difficult for someone to guess the code, it’s short enough to make entry a breeze if the code uses obvious numbers, including a significant birth year, your home’s street address, or part of your phone number. You also shouldn’t use weak passwords like 0000, 1111, or 1234.

5. Keep family trips quiet on social media until you get back.

It can be hard to resist sharing your family’s travels while you’re on a grand adventure, but live streaming your kids jumping into a pool in Mexico is like putting a big spotlight on your empty home for would-be burglars and thieves. Sharing every detail of your trip on Facebook and Instagram is okay after the trip is over, that is.

Equip your windows with blinds and shades

6. Equip your windows with blinds and shades.

Burglars are much less likely to break into homes if they don’t know what (or who) is inside. Installing blinds and shades on your windows doesn’t just keep the sunlight out of your eyes and protect your family’s privacy—it also helps you avoid becoming a victim of a burglary. For the ultimate home protection and privacy, consider installing routeless blinds or blackout shades.

What are Privacy Blinds? Do They Shift Easy?

 

Privacy blinds, or “routeless” blinds, do not have a lift cord that passes through the center of each of the slats. Because they don’t have holes allowing this cord to pass through, they give you additional privacy and control the light a little better.

You can still lift privacy blinds. Instead of having holes where the lift cords pass through, the lift cords instead are attached to the ladders and go through notches on the back side of the slats.

Common Questions We Get about Privacy Blinds: Do They Shift Easy and Are They Best Left Down?

You like that nice, neat look you get with routed blinds, right? You know, the lift cord goes straight down without any zigs or zags. And then all the slats line up evenly on both ends, don’t they?

The answer is that the slats in the routeless blinds do shift and may need to be adjusted after you tilt or lift the blinds. The notch that holds the lift cord does a lot to hold your blind’s slats in place. Most of the shifting will occur when the slats are tilted so that the front edge of the blind moves down. This causes the notch to disengage from the back ladder. When you tilt the blind open again, you may have to adjust the slats. In general routeless blinds work better when mounted inside the window because the window frame helps to hold the slats in place and protects them from being bumped.

As long as they aren’t hit violently, the slats also don’t usually go more than 1/16 of an inch out of alignment. And if they do get out of alignment, you can also always adjust them back to their original position by:

  • For inside mount blinds – holding one of the ladders firmly and moving it gently side to side until the notches slip back into pace.
  • For outside mount blinds – gently tapping the slats down one side of the blind until the slats are back in place. We really don’t recommend using routeless blinds on movable doors.

Lifting routeless blinds will not cause shifting as long as the blind is lifted when it is tilted open.

If you live in a very windy area and your blinds will get blown around a lot, you might want normal routed blinds.

And when you do order, you have 60 days to install your blinds and try them out. If you’re not happy with your privacy blinds for any reason, just send them on back to us.

You Can Always Get Free Samples Too!

Buying any window covering is a little different when you do it over the internet. That’s why we offer you up to 10 samples for free – and free shipping on them too.

Interested in routeless privacy blinds? Browse our massive selection at Blindster.com

What are Routeless Blinds? Should You Buy Them?

You’ve seen the standard mini blinds many, many times. How closely have you observed them?

If you look at the lift cords near the ends of the blinds, you see a hole that allows the lift cords to pass through. Blinds with that feature are called “routed.”

So naturally, “routeless” blinds do not work this way. Instead, the lift cords run outside of the slats through small notches.

Why Should You Care about Routeless Blinds?

Well, the main reason is that your slats give you additional privacy. Someone passing by could theoretically still peek through your routed blinds, even when they’re pulled shut.

Also, they control light a little better because of the lack of holes. And because they control light effectively, they reduce glare moreso than routed blinds. So if you like your room a little more on the darker side, they help keep light out versus routed blinds.

If you are in a room where you like to be in the morning when the sun rises, you can catch a quick glare in your eyes. This is common in offices if you have to come into work early. But routeless blinds eliminate this problem because they don’t have holes for the lift cords.

Finally, they also look a little more decorative than routed blinds.

Can You Use Routeless Blinds in Windy Conditions?

You can, but only if the wind isn’t all that strong. If your blinds are banging around in the wind, then the wind is too strong for routeless blinds.

You can still install them, but you’ll have to either raise your blinds or close your windows to protect them.

Don’t Use Routeless Blinds If…

You’re a homeowner and you have pets or kids. They do cost a little more than routed blinds – about 15-20% more. So if they get broke, they’re a bit more costly to replace.

And they are slightly more fragile than routed blinds. Because of the small notches that hold the lift cords, it takes very little force to knock one of the slats out of the blind.

However, that idea is somewhat questionable. Even the best routed blinds over time will succumb to the same shifting problem. And if one slat goes flying out in your routeless blind, it’s not that difficult to replace it.

If Cost is an Issue, and You Really Like Routeless Blinds…

Then consider adding them only to rooms where light control is most important to you, like your bedroom. And you usually don’t allow kids to play in your bedroom anyway, so they would be protected from damage too.

Most importantly, now you know the ins and outs of routeless blinds, and when and when not to use them.

If they make sense anywhere in your home or office you can find exactly what you want online or communicate it to a store associate at Blindster.com.