Home is where you should feel safe and secure and there are certain measures you should take to keep your home much safer. It will give you peace of mind whilst ensuring you keep intruders out.
Here are some tips to make you feel more secure at home.
Keep Everything Locked
If your doors and windows aren’t locked, it’s going to be that much easier for a potential burglar to get right inside of your home. If some of the locks throughout your home are a bit outdated, you may want to replace them with stronger, durable options that are going to provide even more security to your home as a precautionary measure. Most thieves have been breaking into properties for quite some time, so they’re able to spot broken or damaged locks that would be easier for them to break.
You should always have a deadbolt lock on an outside door. Even if you’re just heading to the corner store or around the corner to visit with a neighbor, you should make sure you’re locking that door because you just never know if someone is going to try to open that door when you’re not there. Thieves can attempt to break into a property at any time, regardless of the weather outside.
Get New Locks After Making a Move
You should always change locks after making a move to a new home. The people who lived there before you could have several copies of the keys. Even if they’re not planning to use those copies, it’s still a good idea to have the locks replaced so that you don’t have to worry about someone having complete access to your property despite locking it.
Put Your Valuable Items Away
Consider the option to buy a safe for some of your valuable items, including jewelry, cash, and other belongings you wouldn’t want someone to steal. If it’s too heavy, a burglar wouldn’t be able to get away with it, even if the burglar managed to get inside of your property. After setting a passcode for your safe, tell only one trusted person the passcode just in case you’re unable to get inside of it for whatever reason.
Never Leave a Key Outside
In the past, homeowners would put keys under their welcome mat in front of their door or they’d place it in a flower pot. However, it’s not a good idea to do that because burglars have caught on and are aware of this, so it’s something they start searching for immediately. If you have a neighbour you can trust, ask him or her to hold a spare copy just in case you lose the key while you’re out and need to use that spare key to get inside the home.
Install a Surveillance System
Make sure to install a surveillance system to get the best view of everything that happens outside of your home. There are options that come equipped with many neat features, including night vision and motion detectors that will let you know if someone is moving around outside of your home. You can watch the cameras to see if someone is hanging out by your windows or touching the knob on your front door before calling the authorities to handle the situation.
Add a sign to your windows that lets people know you have surveillance cameras. Burglars may not want to attempt to break into your home if they know they’re going to get caught on camera doing so.
Add Metal Bars to Windows
If you have basement windows, consider having some strong yet decorative metal bars installed in front of them. These bars offer additional protection and will keep intruders from entering your home through those windows. It may seem unbelievable, but burglars are sneaky individuals and they know what they’re doing, so they’ll often slip right through a basement window to get where they want to go.
Secure your home so you can feel more comfortable and sleep better at night. It doesn’t take too much effort to ramp up security.