Your home is one of your most valuable possessions; a place you want to feel safe and secure from the potential dangers of the outside world. Most homes have weak points, and seasoned thieves are pretty good at finding them. Burglars usually seek out easy targets and will move on if deter-ants are in place. Fortunately, there are several easy steps that you can take to improve the security of your home, and implementing the following basic practices around your home is the first step to creating a secure environment for your family.
Burglars usually avoid well-lit homes, and installing security lighting with motion sensors will deter unwanted visitors. Outdoor security lighting presents a real risk to a potential intruders, so if possible schedule outdoor lights to be on in the evening, regardless to whether someone is home or not. That way it will be harder to determine whether your home or on a well deserved holiday. Any risk of detection may be all it takes to motivate a burglar to move on.
Reinforce doors and windows
Exterior doors to your home should ideally have dead locks that are at least 1 inch thick. Although these dead locks can be more expensive than spring latch locks, they are much stronger and provide a higher level of security protection. Double glazed windows can be much more difficult to ‘smash’ than single. So if your thinking of ways to improve the security of your home, changing your windows could be a good way.
Install an alarm system
The best way to ensure your home and family are protected, is by making sure that criminals know you have an alarm before they try getting into your property. This means displaying window signs and decals that indicate your home is protected by a security system. The biggest way to deter burglars is to have bell boxes that are visible and healthy looking at all times. Even if you have a dummy bell box, this can also help to deter unwanted visitors.
Be savvy online
Lots of people share their holiday plans and post travel photos on social media without even considering how many people are viewing it. Would you announce to a group of total strangers that your home will be unoccupied during your holidays? Be savvy online and ensure that your social media posts don’t let criminals know that your home will be empty for a significant period of time.
Everyone should feel safe in their own home, and by following the above ‘hints and tips’ they will help you to create a more secure environment for you and your family.