Technology advancements have made security systems more versatile. From remote-controlled locks, digital security cameras, advanced home alarms, and even automatic lighting systems, many technologies can help you protect your home more efficiently.
While great strides have been made in the realm of home security, there is still plenty of room for improvement.Your home should be a safe place. The good news is that by incorporating just a few tips, your home can be even safer than it is now!Click To Tweet
SMART WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE AT HOME
Secure Your Windows and Doors with Heavy-Duty Locks
Most homes use standard door locks. If this is the case, consider upgrading them.
Traditional locks are easy to pick or bump, which means that even an amateur can get into your house effortlessly. Get deadbolts or high-quality locks for the best security.
Never Leave Spare Keys Under Doormats or Flowerpots
It may be convenient to keep a spare key somewhere outside, but it is just as easy for a thief.
Instead of doing this, consider installing locks that only open with specific keys or investing in smart locks. Program the locks to have access restricted to particular individuals or have different access levels on separate days of the week.
Make It Difficult to Spot Your Valuables
Thieves like easy targets. Keep valuable property out of sight to avoid tempting burglars to break into your home.
Properly Shut Doors and Windows at Night
It may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people leave their back door wide open.
While it may be very tempting to enjoy the cool evening air, consider opening a window instead. It is also best not to leave your garage door open while you are at work during the day.
Keep an Eye On Who Is Coming and Going
It may seem like common sense, but many people neglect it. If you have children, do not allow them to open the door unless you have vetted who is on the other side.
Similarly, do not let strangers into your house because they claim that they are with the water company or another credible agency.
Adequately Light the Compound
A dark compound is a sign of neglect and an invitation to criminals.
Make sure that the vast majority of areas in your yard are well-lit at night, with motion sensors or automatic timers.
Don't Let it be Obvious You're Away
Don't let anyone apart from a few trusted neighbors know when you intend to be away for a considerable amount of time. Have your mail and newspaper deliveries picked by a neighbor or cancel the subscriptions until you return.
Also, have the lawn regularly manicured and keep the house looking lived in. Install programmable lights to switch on at particular times of the night. It gives an illusion that you're still at home discouraging intruders.
Keep Your Yard Clear of Hiding Places
It may be completely understandable to want a few trees on your compound, but do not let them grow out of control.
Thieves love shrubs and other dense vegetation where they can hide while waiting for their opportunity to strike. A sign that reads “Beware of Dog” might not hurt either.
Secure the Second Floor
Intruders can still access your home through the second floor.
Ensure the same security measures applied on the ground or first floor are replicated on the top floor. Secure the doors and windows, install glass break sensors, and close all windows and doors at night.
Invest in a Security Camera
A security camera is an excellent deterrent to thieves. It allows you to see who is trying to enter your home, and it acts as evidence when necessary.
You could monitor the house by logging on to your phone or laptop at work or elsewhere. You could also playback footage of previous events if something did happen while you were away.
Don't Over Conceal Your Property
High hedges, concealing fences, and tall walls create a barrier between you and your neighbors.
They also give intruders an easy time breaking into your property without getting detected by neighbors or passersby.
Go for Doors Without Glass Near Handles
Doors with glass near handles make it easy for intruders to break the glass and open the door from the inside.
Secure External Gates and Doors
Gates and external doors provide entrances into your compound and should be secured with high-quality locks that are difficult to force.
Make sure that they are routinely oiled to prevent rusting and ensure that hinges are intact. You can also get bars or grills installed over windows if you feel the need.
Use Motion Sensor Alarms Around your Home
Motion sensors will sound off an alarm when activated, giving potential intruders second thoughts about breaking in. They should be installed on all doors and windows.
Also, fix them on any hidden areas where intruders can take advantage of, like dark corners in the yard.
Get More Peace of Mind with Enhanced Security
You'll sleep better at night, confidently take extended vacations and feel better about leaving your children at home alone if you know that your property is secure. You also know who to call and what to do in case of an attempted intrusion.