Nine Easy Ways to Protect Your Home

By Cyndee Harding

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1)  Don’t leave large cardboard boxes on the curb. Break down the boxes to fit them in your recycling bin. You don’t want to announce that you have a new large screen tv or sound bar in your home.

2)    Want an easy alarm for your bathroom or kitchen cabinets? Here’s a DIY tip. Recycle and use the speaker system on musical greeting cards. Install the system in the cabinet and if the cabinet is opened, music will play. Won’t snooping guests be surprised?

3)    Give the impression someone is home when you are away on vacation. Use some of the cardboard from the TV tip in #1 and cut out a silhouette. Place it in a front window with the curtains drawn. This works whether you are on vacation or anytime you want others to think you are home.

4)    Put a “Beware of Dog” sign in the front window. You can even place any empty dog dish on the front entrance. Even if you are not a dog person, this make someone think twice.

5)    If you live alone, you can give the impression that another person lives there. Place a pair of work boots in the front entrance.

6)    Keep the bushes in the front of your home trimmed lower than your waist. They can provide cover for someone breaking into your home. Unfriendly bushes are the best; roses, cactus, etc.

7)    Windows can be a vulnerable part of your home. Increase the security by placing wooden dowels in the track of all windows. Secure your sliding glass doors with a dowel in the track. It makes opening either very difficult.

8) Put a sign on your lawn stating you have a security system, whether you do or not. Place decals on your windows. You can order signs and decals on the internet.

9) Keep your porch light on 24 hours a day. It will cost you pennies and your front door will always have light. It gives a clear view of the comings and goings to your nosy neighbors. This time having a nosy neighbor can work in your favor.

Cyndee Harding

Stay SAFE Programs



Cyndee Harding is the owner and designer of Cyndee’s Conceal Carry Purses. She is an NRA certified pistol instructor, In-home Personal Protection specialist, and certified Active Shooter Survival instructor.  She is a blogger at “Pistol in the Paisley”, and contributor the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Associations’ quarterly online magazine, “Bullet Trap.” Cyndee, was the only female, to participated in developing the curriculum for ASRPA’s Active Shooter Survival course.  Cyndee’s Conceal Carry Purses are designed as the safest, most secure way to carry off body.  She has made it her mission to bring awareness, confidence and the ability to enhance your personal safety.

As part of her mission, Harding is the creator of Stay SAFE Programs.  SAFE in an acronym for Situational Awareness For Everyone. Harding offers classes through her Stay SAFE Programs that cover the three main areas of personal safety and situational awareness: public, home and workplace. Stay SAFE programs help discover the behaviors that make us vulnerable and teach you simple, yet effective strategies to protect you and your loved ones.  Stay SAFE allows you to take charge of your personal safety and confidently navigate in today’s world.

Cyndee Harding is a co-author, ‘From Resilience to Brilliance’, with chapter ‘Becoming a SAFE Woman’.  Newspapers, such as, the Glendale Star and Peoria Times have featured Cyndee Harding and the Stay SAFE Programs.  There are six different presentations with ‘Becoming a SAFE Woman’, which are taught live or also available as an online course.   The five live presentations include: Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher, Family and Active Shooter Survival.

Websites: www.cyndeesconcealcarry.comand

Connect with Cyndee:  623-694-9096 or

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