There is little that is more important than feeling secure in your own home. While we can only control a small bit of the world around us, here’s some basic information to keep a home safe.
The goal of securing your home is two-fold: protecting your possessions, but also protecting the people who live there. Security professionals advise “deter, detect and delay” tactics. These 10 tips cover a lot of ground, so keep then in mind and you will be well on the road to greater peace of mind.
- Check your doors, windows and all locks: Deadbolts and secure, steel outer doors are important, as are secure window that lock. A huge majority of burglaries are no-force entries, where culprits gain access to your home through an unlocked window or door, so check them frequently. Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed to prevent access to windows and decks on upper floors. If a door or window is in an out-of-the-way place that is easily accessible, consider securing it with bars or an outer security door. Simply placing a piece of wood in sliding glass doors or windows can prevent entry. Automatic garage door openers ensure that access to your garage is controlled. Studies show that the more difficult it is to enter the home, the greater the chances are that the burglar will move on.
- Have adequate lighting: On the outside of your home, lighted entryways and floodlights with motion sensors ensure that everyone, including you and your neighbors can see who is entering your home. However, care must be taken to replace burned out or disabled bulbs, and to place such there is minimal annoyance to neighbors. Inside your home, ensure that there is adequate lighting so intruders are easily visible.
- Create limited entries with a perimeter and gate: Gates and fences can provide a feeling of stable security or of paranoia, depending on how they are used. Tasteful fencing can create a feeling of “place” that provides a positive look and feel to your home, while also adding a deterrent and a delay to criminals. Limiting vehicular traffic to your property and creating barriers to individual entry, makes your valuables more difficult to remove, and cameras at these points of entry can more effectively capture any activity.