It’s a sad fact that in today’s world we have to think about making sure our homes, and the things in them, are safe and secure. Too many people take opportunities to earn a quick buck and burglary is one of the ways they do it. Homes that have no security measures in place are the ones that are mostly likely to be targeted. While this isn’t meant to scare you, what I hope it might do is make you more aware of your security measures in place for your home. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the most common ways to make sure your home is safe and secure.
Install a Security Alarm
One of the most popular ways to protect your home is to add a security alarm. This is something that gets wired throughout your home. Often, the alarm will be triggered by a door or window being opened or smashed. Or by someone activating a movement detector in some of the rooms of your home. An alarm system is fitted to the exterior of your property. A lot of the time this is enough to put off anyone daring to try and enter your home. If they are triggered a loud alarm noise will be activated, alerting anyone in that area that something untoward is occurring. Some modern day systems even the owners aware through an app on their smartphones.
Think About Adding Shutters
Adding roller shutters to windows, doors and garages is a great way to add additional protection to your home. You can protect your home with roller shutters using high quality materials. Not only do they protect against potential burglaries, but also from harsh weather conditions. As well as being a visual deterrent. Some roller shutter systems can have an automatic lock down procedure. It’s a great addition to any home, and also can help in other ways like saving money on energy bills or offering additional privacy.
Get a Pet Dog
You may think that this point is a bit of a joke, but a pet dog can be a huge deterrent for people entering your property. A dog can bark and warn off potential burglars. A lot of people also have a fear of dogs so it would put off many people. You don’t have to have your dog patrolling your front lawn, though. Even if they stay inside, a sticker mentioning you had a dog could be all it takes. This would also help if the dog were with you and away from the home.
Make More Use of Your Perimeter
A lot of houses have an outdoor perimeter. So a great way to make your home more safe and secure is to utilize this with high fences and walls. Of course, you don’t want them to be too high where it may affect sun coverage, etc. But it could be enough to warn off anyone attempting to enter your property without permission. Especially if you add a gated entry as well.
Consider Security Cameras
A more popular trend occurring is the use of security cameras. Especially as some brands and companies have apps that can link to your smartphone. This enables you to keep an eye on your home even when you are not there. You can make them as discrete or obvious as you want them to be. However, installing security cameras can be quite costly. So you need to decide whether the investment is warranted in the area you live.
Get Into the Right Habits
A lot of the time, people will capitalise on the little mistakes that some homeowners can make. For example, not locking doors or windows. Often some people may leave their home with a window wide open. These tend to be in forgotten rooms or at the back of the house where you are likely to miss it. However, this is where opportunists such as burglars will take advantage.
Get the Community Involved
Finally, it’s always worth considering speaking to neighbours and the local community. Houses and people are better secured when you have others looking out for you. This is where a common neighbourhood watch or community group could be formed. All with the same purpose of protecting your area and homes. This is where good relationships with your neighbours could work in your favour. Especially when the time comes to take vacations.
How do you feel safe and secure?
I hope these tips helps you keep your home safe and secure in the future.