Having a secure home should be a top priority for any home-owner, regardless of where you live. Even areas in which no robberies occur should still be kept safe and secure. If your home is ever robbed you’ll not only potentially lose many of your personal possessions, but you may spend time worrying whether it will happen again.
Many home owners who have been robbed live in so much fear that they end up selling their house just to get away from that fear.
There are several things you can do to make your home more secure, but it’s also worth mentioning that there are certain things you should be doing whenever you leave your home or go to sleep. Always make sure all doors and windows are properly locked; even a small window left open is a potential risk. Draw curtains or blinds both at night and when you leave the house.
If you’re planning on going away, ask a neighbour to pick up your post: a build-up of post is one of the simplest ways to determine that the property is currently empty. Also try and keep all valuables away from areas where people can see into your house.
These are all free ways to protect your home, but if you’re looking to add extra security, the five good ways to keep your home secure below will be of interest:
1) Reinforced Windows
Many houses are now double-glazed, which already provides an extra level of security. It’s also possible to invest in security glass film. The film is relatively cheap, but you’ll need to hire a professional to install it for you. Adding it makes your windows even more difficult for an intruder to break – helping protect one of your home’s weaker points.
Many burglars may not even attempt to break the lock; they simply kick the door in. Of course, there are ways to make this more difficult. Having a thick, solid wood door is one way, but for added security you can invest in a one-inch-long deadbolt lock and a reinforced metal box.
Most new doors are highly resistant to being kicked in, but it’s always better to be as safe as possible.
3) External Lighting
Having lights on the exterior of your home that brighten up dark areas is a simple way to scare off potential burglars. Illuminating your doorway whenever anyone approaches will make it much harder for someone to break in unnoticed. Be sure to position the lights well out of reach though, so they can’t easily be disabled.
Just because a burglar doesn’t have a key, doesn’t mean they aren’t able to get in. Invest in locks that are highly resistant to picking and drilling. High security locks are relatively cheap, but have the potential to stop criminals gaining entrance to your home.
5) Alarm system
An alarm system is a great way to scare off burglars. Central-monitoring systems, which are more expensive, are able to alert the alarm company or even contact your mobile phone. There may be a higher cost involved in purchasing a central-monitoring system, but the peace of mind you get is often worth it.
Adding these extra safety features to your home can help decrease the risk of potential robberies, but it could also help you save on home insurance, so keeping your house secure is a definite must.
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Image of lit up porch by Erwyn van der Meer
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