Perhaps you have recently moved into a new-to-you home, or maybe there has been some recent suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Or, possibly you just want to step up your security game to prevent the feeling of being unsafe in your own house. Regardless of your reasoning, we have compiled a list of ways that you can improve your home security.
This may be a simple concept, but often it is overlooked or forgotten. If you are someone who has a lot on their mind, and may make the mistake of leaving your doors unlocked when you are out and about, or even while you are home, consider leaving reminders for yourself to ensure that your home and belongings are locked up tight. In addition, the quality of lock is important to your security. Mortice locks have a bolt that goes into the door jamb, therefore making it difficult to open without a key, as you cannot simply break a panel to enter.
Another aspect that often gets overlooked is window locks. Windows can be an easy point of access for burglars if they are unlocked. Most windows come standard with locks already on them. Keeping them locked while they are not open is a good practice to get into. If your windows do not come with locks, having them installed is a simple solution.
Another way to help improve your home security is to light up the area surrounding your home. Even simply placing strategic lights facing your doorways and accessible windows can help deter potential burglars. If you do not want to have a light constantly shining, you can choose to install motion detector lights, ones that only activate if there is something or someone moving within the field of vision. Yet another option is to have lights that are on timers inside or around your home.
Having an alarm system in place is another way to better your home security. If someone does attempt to break into your house, the alarm system will alert everyone within the home, as well as drawing attention from others in the area. This attention will likely divert the robber from committing any further crimes as they attempt to flee the scene. Though this may not be as much of a preventative safety measure as some other options, it certainly is an effective tool to keep you, your family, and your belongings safe.
Barriers and boundaries such as fences or walls offer limited protection against intruders. These can easily be fortified by hedges or thorny shrubs. This greenery is too tedious to try to cut through, and often cannot be climbed as easily as a fence or wall. The thorns and briars in these kinds of plants can easily pierce the flesh of pesky bandits, discouraging them from trying to enter your property.
Another way to secure the boundary around your home is to ensure that you do not have any helpful tools laying around for burglars to utilize. These include ladders, gardening tools, pipes or bars, and more. These can potentially help an intruder scale any hurdles and gain entry into your home.
There are many steps that you can take on your own to improve the security of your home. If you are ready to take the next step and want to install a security or surveillance system, contact our experts.