Have you protected your home against a break-in?
Our homes are our sanctuaries, and the idea of someone breaking can leave us feeling violated. But many of us don’t know how best to protect our property.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for these five home security tips to give you the peace of mind you deserve.
When You Move to a New Home Change the Locks
When you move into a new home, you should always get all the locks changed. Even if the seller is adamant they’ve given you every set of keys there are.
This is one of the easiest ways that you can start to protect yourself. You know that these locks are new, and you know how many keys for them there are.
Always Lock Windows and Doors
The most commons points of entry are windows and doors. If you think your window and door locks are on the flimsy side, then take action.
You can also go further by:
- adding reinforced glass and security film
- adding glass break sensors
- adding bars and door gates
- under windows, plant bushes that are thorny or have needles
And you can also add extra protection with added locks, or levers that are key operated.
Keep Your Home Looking Occupied
Whether you’re at home or on vacation, always make sure your home looks as though someone is in it. Here are a few things you can do:
- keep lamps and lights on a timer and place them throughout the house to make it look like you’re using different rooms
- Keep the radio or tv on at a moderate volume; noise will put burglars off and the light makes your home look active
- Leave some blinds and curtains open, so the above tips are noticeable
It’ll also be easier for neighbors or the police to check your home with curtains open if they need to.
Use Outdoor Lighting
Criminals don’t want to get caught, and will often avoid places that are well lit. Use motion-sensor outdoor lighting around your entry points and garages. You can get solar-powered lights to save on your energy bills, and also ones that you can set on a timer.
For pathways, make sure they’re well lit too and offer no shadows to hide in. This will make any potential intruders nervous. It’ll also make it easier for you to navigate in the dark after a good night out. So it’s a win-win!
Use a Security System
You should install a security system, be that DIY or one with professional monitoring. You can now get systems that will cover any budget and level of protection you might want.
To get the right system, think about your home and neighborhood needs. You can ask your local police department for recommendations. They might even do a security inspection.
Also, think about your needs. Do you have time to track it yourself, or do you want a professional to do it? Look for brands that have great reputations and customer service records. For a place to start, check out these reviews.
Home Security Tips You Won’t Want to Miss
So, there you have it! Now you know these five home security tips, you’ll be well on the way to protecting yourself and your home.
A home security system is important, but so are the little things. Make sure your doors and windows are secure, and never advertise your home is empty. Keep your home well lit, and looking active.
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