Without a doubt, one of the worst feelings someone can feel is when the sacredness and personal space of your home is invaded. Having your home broken into makes you feel helpless. Your world is turned on end and you are filled with anger, uncertainty and insecurity. There are some ways that a homeowner can protect themselves and their home from burglary. These are some home security tips that can offer advice and ways to keep your home safe and your family safer.
Home Security Walk Around
One easy step you can take evaluate your home security is walk around the perimeter. Look for weak points of entry that might entice an intruder to try and gain entry there. If your home has a basement or cellar and that offers an entry point to the home, make sure the windows are secure and the doors have a heavy deadbolt. They are often first places that intruders will look when they are looking for a way into a home.
Check the bushes and shrubs around the home. Make sure that you are aware of any that are close to windows or doors. Don’t let crooks take advantage of places to hide. Keep your bushes neatly trimmed. Tall ones may give you a private feeling, but to a burglar that is vital cover to hide and operate.
Don’t just do a home security check once. Walk around at different days and different times. Be sure to check areas that are shadowed and need light. Consider installing motion sensor lights to illuminate dark places.
Check the shrubbery around your home. Pay close attention to that which is close to windows and entrance ways. Don’t offer thieves a place to hide. Keep the shrubbery neatly trimmed. Tall shrubbery may offer you a feeling of privacy, but it gives an intruder a handy cover in which to hide.
Next, look at how sturdy your exterior doors. Doors leading to the outside offer direct access to your home. These doors, therefore should be made of strong materials. Look to make sure your door is solid and can’t easily be kicked or smashed in by intruders. It’s important to protect this entry point. You might want to install top notch deadbolt locks. If you are part of an HOA, it might be a good idea to check with them for guidelines on what is acceptable when installing new doors and locks.
Without a doubt, the easiest way for an intruder to gain entry in your home is in an unlocked door, window or garage. Keep these locked at all times. Locking windows can be easy to forget when the weather is nice and you are looking to get a fresh breeze. Make it a habit to check windows and doors frequently and especially before you leave your home, or turn in for the night.
Any time you leave the home it’s a good idea to lock your doors. Even if you are just running to the corner store or a neighbors for a quick minute. Opportunist intruders can take advantage of these small time blocks to break into your home and steal some small, high price items. Always lock your doors.
If you have sliding doors that have entry points into your home, you might want to purchase safety devices to secure them from being popped out of their frame.
One of the worst things you can do, is also one of people’s most convenient things. Keeping a spare key outside. People think they have ingenious places to hide their keys, but burglars do this habitually. Even if it’s an unlikely place. If you need to leave a key somewhere, leave it with a trusted family member. Or even possibly a neighbor. This will go a long way with home security.
We have touched upon securing windows quite a bit. What we haven’t touched upon is decorative windows. These windows also need your attention. Many doors have decorative windows. These beautiful glass designs can be very fragile. It is definitely worth reinforcing these windows. You can use acrylic glass sheets to do this. Doing so adds a layer of extra protection.
Many people enjoy big windows to allow tons of natural light into our homes. It is also beneficial when selling because this is a huge sale point. However, we need to make sure that those big windows aren’t being used by potential burglars to window shop on your house! Make sure to invest in quality curtains or blinds to keep prying eyes out. This will add to your home security keep your valuables out of sight but still allow you to have those big beautiful windows.
Security Cameras, Alarms
Many people feel safer after they have installed security cameras or put an alarm system in their homes. Make sure that the company you call out is reputable. Ask them to offer suggestions that fit your tastes and lifestyle. Make sure to do as much research as you can before installing a system. Check out reviews, and be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau to see the ranking of the company.
Another good idea is to see if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch program. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have neighbors that you trust keeping an eye on things. You know what they say, it takes a village. Having a community of people that look out for one another is a sure fire way to make sure that someone is always looking out for the neighborhood, even when you cant. It’s a great way to know if there is any suspicious activity going on when you aren’t around.
If you’re gone on vacation, having someone check in on your house is a no brainer. Even if it’s just someone to pick up the paper or the mail, to make it appear that someone is still home. They could even turn on the lights or do small activities that make the home still seem occupied. If you have pets, hiring a pet sitter is a great idea. That way someone is at your home, and the house isn’t vacant.
Without a doubt, one of the greatest ways to protect yourself and your family is to live in a low crime area. It’s worth noting that all communities have their own crime and security issues. However, purchasing a home where not a lot happens, or it doesn’t happen frequently is a great way to make sure things won’t happen. If you are thinking of moving or finding a home in a safe neighborhood, talk with your realtor. If you don’t have one, the John & JP Stone Real Estate Team has a great grasp on neighborhoods and would be happy to assist you and answer any further questions that you might have.