Home security is a topic close to the hearts of most people. Let’s face it. No-one wants their properties broken into and their possessions stolen! The sad truth is that many people don’t realize how best to secure their abodes.
Today I have decided to write a blog post that details ten simple ways to make your home more secure. Here is what you need to know:
1. Fit Stronger Windows and Doors
If your home has lackluster windows and doors, you should consider upgrading them. Today’s ones aren’t just stronger. They also help to keep your heating bills down too. Thanks to their insulating properties, they help to keep the cold out during winter.
2. Upgrade your Garage Door
Many homes have garages that adjoin the properties. They also have internal door access. Perhaps one not-so-surprising fact is that some burglars break into homes via their garages. Gibidi and Silvelox garage doors are some of the toughest on the market. Think about upgrading yours if it’s quite an old model.
3. Upgrade the Locks on all Exterior Doors
You might not think it. But, the locks on your exterior doors could be easy to break! Today’s locks are more durable and harder to unlock without a key. Review the locks on your doors and change any ones that aren’t fit for purpose.
4. Use Timers when you’re Away
Going on a vacation soon? If so, consider putting your interior lights and TVs on timers when you’re away. That way, you give would-be burglars the illusion that someone’s at home.
5. Park your Car on the Driveway
You might think that storing your car in the garage is a great idea. But, from a security point of view, it looks like no-one is at home. It’s always a good idea to park on the driveway.
6. Install Exterior Lights with Motion Sensors
When someone approaches your home at night, a light with motion sensors will illuminate. It’s helpful when you’re trying to find your keys, of course. But, it also serves as a deterrent against thieves trying to break into your home covertly.
7. Keep your Landscaping in Top Condition
Overgrowing weeds will give the appearance that no-one is at home. As a result, that makes the property more desirable to burglars. The best thing to do is keep your front garden in top condition!
8. Be Good Friends with your Neighbors
When you’re not at home, your neighbors can keep an eye on your home for you. And you can do the same for them in return. In essence, this is what neighborhood watch schemes are all about!
9. Don’t give People Clues you are not at Home
It might be tempting to post on social media that you’re on vacation. But, people you don’t know might see those posts. Believe it or not, some burglars operate just by scanning such posts for easy pickings!
10. Keep all Ladders Stored Indoors
Last, but not least, don’t make life easier for burglars. Keep your ladders out of sight, preferably in a locked shed or outhouse! If you don’t already have a shed, metal buildings are a good option for you. They are easily assembled, cost effective and can be locked for safe storage.