Crime statistics will always go up and down across the years but you should never take the security of your home for granted. There will always be burglars attempting to make the most of any opportunity to find a way in and the key is not to make life any easier for them. Being proactive rather than reactive will always lower the chances of you suffering a break-in.
Read on to see the five essential areas of your home you should assess and improve if necessary, making sure the security of your home is always the best it can be.
Windows and doors
These should be locked at all times when you are not at home. Sometimes a window or door lock can be overlooked late at night before going to bed, or if you are in a rush heading out during the day. Whenever possible check they all have been shut before leaving or putting your head on the pillow. Those extra 5 minutes could make all the difference. These are the most obvious points of entry for burglars and they will also look for vulnerabilities in security locks that will make their life easier.
Exterior doors should all have deadbolt locks which make it incredibly difficult for thieves trying to break in. Sliding doors such as those found on patios should either have vertical bolts with a metal or wooden rod on the track that will stop them being lifted off once forced open. And, of course, always check you have locked your front door when you leave. This also applies to the garage which is another route into your home. Automatic garage doors won’t be enough to prevent burglars from finding a way in.
Changing the locks
One of the first things you should do when you buy a new home is to change the locks. If you are renting you can always ask the landlord. If they are not willing to pay for the changes but you are ok to foot the bill this shouldn’t cause any problems. This isn’t to suggest that the previous person who owned or rented the property will be returning to loot your possessions. The point is you do not know the history of the locks and how many copies of the keys might have existed, aside from those returned to the landlord.
Buy a home security system
There are now so many home security systems available on the market there is an option to suit everyone’s budget. The features available vary from basic sensor and alarms, through to remote cameras and autolock capabilities. It all depends how extensive you want the security to be and the general safety of your neighbourhood. A key thing to remember is to get into a routine of using the system once installed. Burglars know that not everyone turns on the alarm and warning signs and stickers probably will not be enough to deter experienced thieves.
Make use of your garage
Garages can become dumping grounds over time but using it to store your car, bike and any expensive work tools is always the safest bet. The last thing you want to do is make it any easier for thieves on the prowl. When you have finished using any of the items, lock them securely away in the garage to avoid them just being picked up or stolen with ease.
Review the parameter of your home
Keeping your home protected from the inside is key but you can also make important changes to the immediate area surrounding your home to improve security. This will include doing things such as keeping hedges and shrubbery trimmed along the walkway and entrances clear. The harder you make it for burglars to hide the safer your property will be.
Fences are another way to block out your property from prying eyes. Open chain-link fences are secured into the cement and provide more security than solid wooden fences which allow thieves places to hide in the darker corners.
Getting involved in the local community will also help strengthen the security around your property. Neighbours look out for each other and will report any suspicious activity they spot. This is especially helpful if you go away on holiday, safe in the knowledge you have helpful neighbours looking out for your best interests. Neighbourhood watch schemes offer the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself as well as getting to know the local police force a little better.
The level of security you place on your home will depend on a number of different factors. Whether it is budget, personal concerns or the area you live in, everyone’s needs will be different. We’re hopeful that the tips above will allow you to take a step back to look at how you protect your home and if needed, make the changes to keep you and your loved ones safe at all times.