Ways to Make Your Home Safer and More Secure
Did you know there are 2.5 million burglaries every year?
When you own a home, security should be high on your priority list. Doing the basics is just not enough. There are predators out there who are ready to take advantage of any vulnerabilities they find in your home security.
Making your home secure is a lot easier than you may think. Here are some simple solutions that will help you to make your home safer.
Is Your Front Door Really Secure?
As the main entrance of your house, your front door needs to be as secure as possible. It should be made out of solid material, such as steel or hardwood. It should never be lightweight and hollow.
You can prevent intruders from kicking the door open by installing a high-security lock. You can ask for these at your hardware store.
Burglars often break into apartments while people are at work or school. One of the things you can do to fool burglars into thinking someone is home is to set timers on your TV and your radios.
When these appliances start playing burglars will be fooled into thinking someone is home.
Secure Windows and Sliding Doors
If you have sliding doors and windows in your home you need to take special care of them. Use security tricks such as putting a shower curtain rod in the slider tracks so that anybody who tries to break in won’t be able to slide the window or the door open, even if they do manage to slide past the lock.
Luckily, technology has increased so much that there are window sensor alarms that you can install on your windows. Whenever someone opens a window in your home you will get either an email notification or a text message telling me that a window in your room has been opened.
Install Security Cameras
There was a time when installing security cameras for your premises would cost you an arm and a leg. Now there are simpler home security camera options that do not involve the use of CCTV cameras.
There are actually security cameras that can be installed as light bulbs. The camera is hidden somewhere within the light bulb and you will be able to see exactly what any intruder is doing. You can monitor your premises on your phone.
You can get security lightbulbs that have motion sensors. They will come on when someone moves past them. You will also get a notification on your phone.
The good thing about this type of camera is that if you are coming home late you can take a minute to survey your property to see if anyone is waiting to attack you.
The downside of hiding security cameras in bulbs is that it is not immediately obvious to an intruder that they are being watched. The fact that they are being watched often acts as a deterrent to some criminals.
You could offset this by placing decoy security cameras around your home. These are really cheap and will often fool criminals because they look like the real thing.
This will enhance your security with bulb cameras. Additionally, you can just use decoy cameras on their own to deter criminal activity.
Upgrade Your Fencing
If the perimeter of your home is not secure then you are not secure. One of the things that will help to prevent thieves from just walking into your property is a fence.
Any perimeter fencing that you have should be high enough so that it cannot be easily climbed by a burglar. If your fence is showing signs of wear and tear then take the time to fix or replace it.
There are 5 signs you need a new fence; if your fence is showing any of them you need to rectify the situation immediately, your safety is being compromised.
The most dangerous part of your vacation may not be going to your destination. It might actually be the time that you spend away from home. There are certain obvious signs that people are not at home.
These signs make your home a prime target for criminals. For example, you should never post on social media about your vacation. You are literally announcing that you will not be at home and giving thieves an opportunity to strike.
If you have to vacation for long periods of time, see to it that you get your lawn cut, an overgrown lawn is often a giveaway that a home is not occupied. Ask your neighbor to pick up any deliveries or mail that may come to your home.
Leaving them there is also a giveaway that no one is home. Doing these little things while vacationing are the keys to enhancing security.
One of the things that you should do is ensure that your home is well lit. A well-lit home deters burglars from trying to break in. Use motion-sensitive lights over your doorways.
Use smart light instead of regular bulbs. When you use smart lights you will be able to control the lighting around your home from your tablet or smartphone.
Make Your Home Safer
One of the most important things you need to do is secure your home. Fortunately, making your home safer is not that difficult, all you have to do is exercise caution and think ahead.
Once you do this you will be able to outsmart anyone who tries to enter your home illegally. While you do not have to implement all the tips given here at once, you should try to get started immediately. The sooner you do the safer your home will be.
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