Even if you’re a homeowner or a renter, home security should be a primary priority. Naturally, burglars target properties with very little to no protection, or simply homes that look unoccupied or easily accessible. The threat comes when people are not implementing necessary security measures. There are lots of things that can be done to safeguard against burglaries and better protect families, homes, and belongings.
Security systems have come a long way over the years, and modern methods are more flexible than ever. From digital security cameras to remote-controlled locks, these advanced security systems are automated and controllable through an app on your phone. This gives you access to all the most relevant information regarding your home, bringing you peace of mind.
However, if you want to learn more ways to protect your house beyond a security system, and make it as challenging as can be for burglars, then you can look at the list of tips we’ve compiled for securing your home.
Securing your front door
We have all heard that a burglar usually come in through the front door. Yes, statistics say 34% of them do! So, check out all of your exterior doors to make sure their frames are durable, the hinges are shielded, and—if your door has a mail slot—that someone can’t reach through it to unlock it.
If you’re moving into a house that had a previous owner, change the door locks, and make sure you find the best on the market. On the other hand, maybe the best option is a complete front door replacement. A new secure door will not just be the first defense, but it will improve the aesthetics of your house. Keep in mind that changing the front door will come in a package with replacing the windows and refreshing the exterior walls.
Locking the windows
As one of the most common entry points for burglars, windows, unfortunately, aren’t always secure. Manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective — and sometimes they’re very fragile. If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, fortify the security with locks or key-operated levers. But you don’t have to stop there.
You can also make your windows burglar-proof, with reinforced glass with window security film, glass break sensors, and add quality window bars.
Install Security Cameras
Despite common thinking that burglaries happen in the dark, the hours between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm are a burglar’s favorite time. That’s because most burglars want to commit their acts without the chance of being caught. So if you are usually at work or school during the day, your home is more vulnerable.
Fortunately, today’s technology can have your back even when you’re on vacation, miles away from your home. Installing security cameras gives you a way to monitor your home no matter where you are. They can even alert you if an unwanted visit takes place.
There are many types of cameras worth your attention. Doorbell video cameras allow you to view who is at your door. When setting up with an intercom system, you can even talk to the person without even needing to come to the door.
Add sensor and timed lighting to outdoor areas
Home lighting is another proven technique to keep away burglars from targeting your home.
Homes that appear to be vacant or unoccupied are a prime target. Adding sensor or timed lighting, mostly when you’re not home, can give the impression someone is there.
Outdoor areas that are well lit, with trees and shrubs well-trimmed and maintained, will be less of a target. The entryway to your home should be brightly lit. Not only will it make it safer and more comfortable for you, but it will put off unwanted eyes.
Consider a smart system, which can automate your home’s lights, TV, audio speakers, security cameras, and locks, which you can control from your smartphone.
Plant spiky bushes under first-floor windows
If you enjoy gardening, you probably have lovely exotic plants surrounding your house. Yes, large plants keep privacy, but if safety is your priority, better replace them with spiky and thorny bushes. That way, burglars cannot hide behind them while prying open a window or door. But be sure to keep them trimmed so that they can be effective.
Consider investing in a safe
Depending on security requirements, some households may benefit from a small safe.
Find an acceptable size safe that suits your needs and have it bolted to the floor or a secure spot within the home. If you have personal valuables, such as jewelry or valuable documents, keeping them secure in the safe is ideal if a burglary does occur because home insurance can’t give you back irreplaceable items.
Avoid sharing travel plans on social media
If you’re planning a getaway weekend or mountain retreat, avoid posting the travel dates on social media and other online public platforms. This will be an excellent cautionary move. You surely don’t want people to know that your house will be unattended.
As an alternative, keep details to a bare minimum and make sure you have automatic lighting set up when you’re away.
Neighborhood watch group
Form or join an already existing neighborhood watch group. Such groups are effective crime brakes because they encourage inhabitants to be vigilant and to call the police whenever they see something wrong. They also deliver insight and information about crime in your neighborhood and work with police to improve response times.
Don’t forget the garage
The garage as an entry point to your home is becoming more popular with burglars. And even if they can’t access your home through there, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in it. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage—both exterior and interior. And keep your garage door opener in the house. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of neighbors, delivery people, or anyone else.
Consider the cost of what you could lose if your house was robbed. Your home is your castle. Few things are more upsetting than having your cherished place violated by a thieving criminal. While you can never eliminate the chances of being burgled, taking these tips and steps can go a long way toward protecting the people and possessions you love.