Home security is an important thing to stay on top of as a breach of this security in the form of a burglary or home intrusion can make homeowners feel unsafe in their own space. This isn’t great since a home is meant to be a sanctuary, a safe haven where you can relax and unwind.
To help make you feel more protected and comfortable in your own home, there are many things that can be done to boost your home’s security features and make it harder for people to intrude. Here are some of the best ways to keep your home secure.
Secure Your Doors
This point may seem obvious, but an unbelievable amount of burglaries happens simply because the thief has been able to either stroll through the front door, or easily break it to get access to your home. To stop your doors from being such an easy entry point, you want to make sure that all your door frames are strong and sturdy, that the hinges are protected and have deep screws going into the walls, and that individuals can’t reach through a mail slot to open a door.
To make your doors virtually impenetrable, some things you can do is to install a deadbolt, add a strike plate and perhaps even install a video doorbell so that you can see everyone who approaches your front door. It’s also important to replace the locks when moving into a new house, so that there’s no chance of strangers gaining access to your home.
Install a Security System
Security systems such as CCTVs and alarms are great ways to deter potential intruders form your property and they can also capture images of wrong-doers in the act. There are many options available in terms of security systems. You can use alarms that deploy magnetic switches that can trip an alarm when a door or window is opened, or you can use optical sensors that can use ultrasound, infrared or other forms of seeing to detect the presence of people, which can, in turn, sound an alarm or record video with a nearby camera.
Keep Things Illuminated
Light is another big deterrent and can make burglars less likely to attempt a break in. Outdoor lighting by your front porch and backyard can be enough to protect your home. You can install solar powered lights by paths and outdoor areas to keep them well illuminated, and you can also use motion-activated lights that only turn on when motion is detected, meaning they don’t have to be constantly on and your night sleep isn’t disturbed.
Reinforce Your Windows
If an intruder can’t get in through the door, then their next port of call is the window. You want to make sure that your windows are firmly locked both at night and when you’re not at the property, and you also want to make sure that these latches are strong and of good quality. It’s also a good idea to reinforce your glass so that it can’t be easily smashed through and broken. Window bars can also make it impossible for people to squeeze through, too. You can also plant prickly bushes under first floor windows to make it harder for people to get in through there.