Keeping your home secure can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve already been burgled once. Home alarm systems work best when they are paired with other ways of home security.
There are 8 top ways to keep your home secure and help you sleep easy whether you’re at home or away.
1. Make your house appears occupied
Most burglars will look for homes that look empty, so make sure that you make your home look occupied at all times.
A good way to make it look like someone’s at home is to leave a light on. If you’ve got timers, use them to your advantage and set some lights to turn on and off throughout the day. If you don’t have timers, you could consider investing in some, but if not then try to leave a light on that would need to be on for most of the day.
2. Keep entrances well lit
Lighting at the exterior of your home works very well to deter thieves from entering your home. They don’t usually want to be seen, so making sure your home is illuminated is a great way to keep it secure. Consider adding motion detecting security lights to the front of your property and near any side or back entrances.
3. Use perimeter defences
Perimeter defences, like walls, fences and gates do something to ensure that burglars are deterred from entering your home. But they are most effective if they are coupled with cameras or motion detectors and are difficult to get through.
4. Improve the security of your doors
Your doors are a primary concern for most homeowners. Make sure you’ve got a strong door with good locks as an absolute minimum.
Other things you can do to improve security is install deadbolts. These are locks that lock the door into the frame, making it very difficult to penetrate. Another thing you can do is add a peephole. This will enable you to see who is at your door before you answer it.
5. Think about other points of access in your home
There are other places other than doors that burglars can enter your home. Lots of thieves try to get in through the garage, so ensure that this is well locked up. Also check your skylights, loft vents and other openings to see if anyone could enter through them.
6. Secure your windows
Burglars know that people leave windows unlocked. Secure your windows and lock any that are large enough for a person to fit through. If you’ve only got standard locks, consider swapping them for heavier locks that are more difficult to pick.
7. Keep a record of your valuables
Take photos of all your valuables and keep them safe. Also make a note of items’ serial numbers so the police can try to trace your valuables if any of them do get stolen.
8. Consider an alarm system
If you don’t have an alarm system, it’s worth considering investing in one to help keep your home secure. Even if the alarm goes off and police response times are slow, the noise of the alarm may dissuade a burglar from entering your home.
There are lots of different alarm systems around, and the more complex the better. If the device is unfamiliar, a burglar is much less likely to disable it.
If you don’t have the funds right now for a full alarm system, you could think about getting a dummy system. This involves having what looks like an alarm system attached to the exterior of your home to deter burglars from trying to enter your property in the first place.
These simple steps can help you to keep your home secure and help you feel safer. If you are considering an alarm, get some quotes from our network of installers to find out how much you should expect to pay.