To keep our home and family safe, we go an extra mile and it’s a priority that we all share. Nowadays, there are numerous steps we can do to protect our loved ones without costing you a fortune.
Change your locks
A properly locked door is your first line of defense against unwanted intruders in your home. Sometimes, we forget to change the locks to our new home when we move in. That means someone might already have the most important thing they need to get into your home: a key. Rekeying your new home is a sensible idea. Security should be your first concern when you move into a house. Most people create spare copies of their keys, so the previous owners likely had a few extra sets that they gave to trusted neighbors, family members, friends or even contractors. Of course, the idea of strangers having access to my home is unsettling. So it’s either you change your locks or rekey them.
Upgrade your door security
Hopefully you won’t ever suffer from a break in, but if you have or know someone who has, you’ll know just how unpleasant the experience can be. Not only will you suffer financially but the emotional consequences can be devastating. Fortunately, there are more secure options for your door locks. It’s just quick, cheap and easy. Here are five of the quickest and simplest ways to improve the security of your front door.
- Install a security strike plate
- Install longer hinge screws
- Install a peephole
- Install a letter box cage
- Fit a Mortise lock
Remove that extra key
It’s time to remove those keys under your welcome mat or in a planter. FBI reports that 12% of break-ins are caused by thieves simply finding your not-so-hidden key. So it is really important to hide your key well. Find an inconspicuous spot in the backyard and stash your spare there. It should be tucked away somewhere that isn’t obviously visible from someone’s standing viewpoint and shouldn’t be anywhere within easy finger-swiping reach. A fake rock could also work, but be sure to put it in an area with other rocks, in the side-yard or backyard, so it doesn’t stand out. You can also place a spare key in a small ziplock bag and hide it under a larger rock or paver stone, step stone, etc. somewhere in the back yard. The point here is, there are lots of possibilities to where you can hide your spare key. Just don’t do anything obvious, and do not hide it near doors themselves (front or back).
Believe it or not, the most common home security errors are not locking the doors and windows. Leaving a house in complete darkness simply advertise to burglars that you’re out. Use motion sensor lights to attract attention to any passer-by, so any one attempting to break in will be quickly scared off knowing that they can now be seen by others and potentially reported. Have them installed around the entrances of your home and garage to ensure your home is lit when someone is approaching. Timer plugs for lamps have proven to be effective, however given the length of time they have been around; their effectiveness is beginning to diminish over time.
Get a dog
According to a study by The University of North Carolina, homes with dogs are likely to be broken into because they bark to create a commotion and can also harm an intruder by biting. Throughout history, one of the main jobs of the domesticated dog has been to protect its owners and guard against unwanted people or animals. While many modern dogs will instinctually act as home guardians, there are specific breeds that are known for possessing the characteristics needed to best ward off unwanted intruders. These breeds are chosen due to their temperament, physical strength, courage, loyalty, and resistance to pain. The top 10 best guard dog breeds according to Nicole Pajer of cesarsway.com – Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Komondor, Puli, Giant Schnauzer, German Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kuvasz and Staffordshire Terrier. Some other breeds are also known to be natural family protectors and other make an excellent watchdog.
Fake the alarm
Alarms may cost so much, so you can also pretend to have one. According to HGTV, thieves look for an easy mark; making your home look tough to crack will encourage them to move on. You can easily put up security system decals – a clear deterrent – even if you don’t have a system.
Install a camera
Your system can be wired or wireless, depending on your budget. Wired cameras are cheaper but wireless ones can be more convenient – although an interrupted internet connection can mean lost footage. You can store images on a hard drive or separate digital recorder. As well as the obvious benefits for your peace of mind, and the help it provides when catching criminals, the security systems can deter potential burglars, keeping your insurance premiums down.
Check doors and windows
Are you sure your home is more secure than it is? Double or triple checking your backdoor or guest room window isn’t a bad thing. Eliminate easy access points by shutting doors and windows and locking everything up will cost you nothing.
Call the police
There are available police officers everywhere. They can visit your home to give tips on how to make your home more secure, and it also costs nothing.
Eliminate hiding spots
Cut down those shrubs that might become the unwanted element’s hiding spot. According to consumerreports.org, “If your shrubbery is too tall, bushy, or not well spaced, you’re providing a nice hiding spot for a potential burglar. Trim and prune plantings.”
Source: realtytimes.com, kwikset.com, advancedkey.com, theultimatelock.com, lightswitchtimer.co.uk, cesarsway.com, simplisafe.com, itstactical.com
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