There is no point in discussing whether home security is needed or not. Home security is essential and ensuring it is part of your responsibility. But how does one ensure home security these days? It is actually more complicated than what most people would think. The reality is that it is difficult to fully ensure that your home can be protected from a burglar who is determined to break into your house and has the right skills. But a thief is not the only security threat these days. There are others that can pose a serious threat on you and your family’s safety. So, how do you ensure that you stay safe from them?
To help you out and make your home more secure, here are a few ideas
that you can try:
Dead Bolt Lock
There are a lot of people who spend a great deal of money on elaborate and expensive home security systems. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you can afford it then buy the best when it comes to home security for your family. The problem is when you have little money to spare. Should you forget about home security then? You shouldn’t do that because there are home security options which are not so expensive that you can turn to.
A deadbolt lock is one of the best ways that you can secure an apartment. It is quite easy to install but it can provide very good security.
Get a Dog
Having a dog is not going to make your home an impenetrable fortress. What it will do however is to make it less easy for anyone with bad plans to approach it. How can you use a dog to secure your place? Just place a sign warning people about your dog. That should make anyone think twice about breaking into your home.
Have a Lived-in Look
Burglars prefer to target homes where no one is in at the moment that they work on it. Criminals would think twice about entering a home where they know people are always in. if you leave your house, then you increase the chances that someone might break in. What you should do is to have a lived-in look to your home. Make sure that there will be no signs that you are always out because that would be like a neon sign inviting burglars. If you leave your home often for long periods, do not let mail, newspaper and other things accumulate which would indicate that no one is there.
Securing Sliding Doors
Do you have sliding glass doors? It might seem like a difficult thing to secure sliding glass doors but the truth is that it is relatively easy. All you have to do is to place a baseball bat or maybe even a broom handle on the track to secure it. When something is on the track no one would be able to open it.
One of the best ways of protecting your home and preventing thieves from entering is providing a lot of lighting on the outside. That would make it extremely difficult for anyone to break in to your place. You should place lights in strategic areas. You should have outdoor lights where your door and windows are. Those are the points of access into your home. When those areas are well-lit, thieves would not have an opportunity to break in because they always work in the dark. They would not risk working in areas that has a lot of lighting, because they would be easily seen.
Erect a Fence
It’s nice to live in an area where people don’t erect fences. But these days it is better to trouble yourself with precautionary steps than to regret that you did not. Even a small fence, that you can hop over easily, can be helpful. Even if it is not much of a physical deterrent, it still presents a psychological barrier to a thief. It marks your property and people would be less willing to step into it. That’s what a fence can do. Before you erect your fence, you have to check with your local officials so you are sure that you follow the regulations because many places would require a permit for building a fence.
Remove Hiding Spots
Burglars need hiding spots in order to gain time while waiting for the right opportunity to try to break into a house. Their favourite hiding place would be the shadow provided by trees and other plants. That does not mean you should remove all plants from your yard. But you should trim those to make sure that thieves would not have a hiding place.
Getting an Alarm
Some people feel that having a burglar alarm system installed in their home would be the end of all home security measures. Unfortunately that is not the case. Alarm systems are not a guarantee that nobody would break in to your home. They can deter some burglars, but for those who are really determined and who are skilled, alarms might not be enough.
It is also important that you pick the right sort of alarm system to get. There are many different alarm systems that are available. You must sort through all the available options, so you can pick the right one. Most experts say that the most effective part of an alarm system installed in your home is a sign that your house is protected by a particular system. It’s like the visible warning about dogs. It makes people think twice.
Be Watchful and Vigilant
No matter how much you spend on your home security, the most effective way of securing it would be watchful and vigilant. When you have strangers and workmen inside your place, keep an eye on them to see if they only do their jobs. Many burglars get the information about the house that they are targeting by pretending to be a workmen to gain access inside. You should also do a regular nightly check of your place. Check all the doors and windows and make sure that they are closed and locked properly.
Don’t Leave a Spare Key
Where do you leave your spare key? Burglars normally check doormats and flowerpots which are the most likely places that they check for spare keys. In other words the common places where people leave their spare keys are the areas that burglars target. Do not make it easy for criminals to break into your home. The best thing for you to do is to leave a spare key to a neighbour, so in case you need it you can just get it from them. Make sure that security information about your home should be accessible to you and your family only. Tell your children that they should not be sharing security information like location of keys and alarm codes with their friends. As always, it is always better for you to take precautionary measures to be safe.
These are the things you can do to secure your home.