Peace of Mind – 5 Tips for Securing Your Home Against Theft
The world is far from a safe place these days, and burglaries and home invasions have become the norm rather than an unfortunate incident you hear about on the news occasionally. It stands to reason, therefore, that upgrading your home security should be fairly high on your to-do list. Luckily, there are some super easy ways that you can better protect your home from would-be thieves, all without breaking the bank. Here’s how:
Smart locks are a great investment for your home security and you get bonus points if your new lock of choice is a deadlock. This point is fairly self-explanatory: the higher the quality of your locks, the less likely someone is to try to get in in the first place. Even if they do attempt it, high-grade locks are very difficult to break or circumvent.
The great thing about sensor lights is that they’re not just useful for security purposes. They have the obvious benefits of alerting you to any presence on your property and simultaneously letting would-be intruders know they’re busted – among a range of other uses.
Think along the lines of finding your keys in your bag far more easily or never having trouble finding the hole in the lock. They also save power compared to standard porch lights since they only turn on when someone or something is moving around your premises.
Find a Better Place to Hide the Spare Key
Flower pots and fake rocks are ridiculously overdone places to hide keys and every crook ever knows all about them. In fact, it’s the first place they’re going to look. Think of somewhere that makes sense to you and your household but will be hard for others to think of. Your chosen spot should be personal and easily memorable without being obvious.
Another great way to keep on top of what’s going on in your home is to have a CCTV system.
While some may be wary of allowing ‘Big Brother’ into their home, it’s worth noting that fully closed systems are available. This means that none of the footage will ever leave your house as the system doesn’t even connect to the internet. If you’re willing to allow your cameras to stream to a secure server, however, they can provide better security and even help with general home management. Cameras provide an incentive for bad guys to stay away and can give you valuable evidence should anything ever go wrong. Plus, they’re a great way to keep an eye on Fido while the family’s out and make sure he isn’t chewing on anything he shouldn’t be.
Alarms are your main line of defense if anyone ever manages to get into your home. Firstly, they alert you if someone goes somewhere you don’t want them to without your permission. And secondly, they let the person know that someone is on to them, making them far more likely to leave than attempt to get away with whatever they were planning. Additionally, they’re an easy way of notifying neighbors that someone’s attempted to break in should you be away from home.
Keeping your family and your home secure is important. Everyone recognizes this, but many people don’t know where to start. The five methods outlined in this article will go a long way to ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy your freedom and security in peace for years to come.