For homeowners, safety for themselves and their families is a top concern. Therefore, many are on the lookout for ways to boost their home’s security, assuring that the dwelling is as safe as possible at all times. Following, then, are simple ways to boost the security at your home, starting right away.
1. Install Better Window Treatments
Window shopping is wonderful for those scouring the mall, but terrible when it happens in your neighborhood. Would-be burglars often scour communities looking for easily accessed homes with valuable items inside. Therefore, be sure your window treatments make it difficult (or impossible) for thieves to see if someone’s at home.
2. Making Things Bright, Outside
By keeping the areas near your home’s main entry points well-lit, burglars are less likely to attempt to enter. That’s because the lighting makes it much easier for neighbors and for those passing by to see suspicious activity — and to contact authorities. It is, however, a huge red flag when homeowners leave their porch lights on all night. Instead, a motion-sensing light works wonderfully.
Because it only comes on when it senses motion, it not only saves energy but also illuminates the area right when you need it, deterring a would-be thief. Be sure that exterior lights are also installed high upon exterior walls, making them more difficult to disable.
3. Keeping Things Bright Inside, Too
But exterior lights are not the only lights you should be concerned with. When the family is away from home, having automatic timers is important. Automatic timers will turn lights on and off, giving the illusion that someone is at home.
Although digital automatic timers are slightly more expensive, they tend to be better because the lights and other appliances can be turned on and off randomly instead of being limited to pre-programmed times.
4. Do You Need Updated Doors & Door Locks?
While having sturdy doors is important, unless the doors are completely hollow or overly worn, your main focus should remain on the strength and security of the locks on those doors. Using a deadbolt lock, combined with a reinforced metal strike plate, is highly recommended by security experts to boost the security of your doors. Burglars often gain entry by simply kicking in the doors, but the deadbolt lock combined with the reinforced metal strike plate make it much more difficult for them to gain entry this way.
5. A Little Pruning Goes A Long Way
Although everyone loves a well-manicured lawn, no one enjoys the gift of natural covering quite like burglars. Bushes, trees and hedges which obstruct the view of the doors and windows are perfect hiding places for thieves, offering them the opportunity to hide and to strike when the time is most opportune.
This is an easy fix, though. Simply take your trimming shears and prune those hedges. Also, be sure to get rid of oversized planters and other obstructions, replacing them with smaller ones.
6. Secure Garages & Sheds At All Times
Be sure that the garage doors — as well as the doors to detached sheds on your property — remain closed (even when you’re at home). Many families utilize this extra storage to tuck away valuables, and thieves are aware of that. Therefore, you don’t want someone to spot an item in the garage or shed, then target your home with the intention of obtaining that item.
7. Home Security Systems
Home security systems work around the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — to alert your family and local authorities when there’s a break-in at your residence. The noise and other distractions the home security system provides can often cause burglars to abandon the home. Recent reports have also shown that 90 percent of convicted burglars say they avoid residences with active home security system in place.