Decorating your home is definitely a lot more fun than placing security measures. However, burglars strike every minute, so home security should always be a top priority. To help you return to the fun stuff of decorating your abode, here are simple things you should do to secure your home.
Secure the Doors with Quality Door Locks
Don’t help an intruder stroll in through your front door. Check and scrutinize all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, high-quality door locks, like Baldwin hardware, are installed, the hinges are protected, and—if your front door has a mail slot—that burglars can’t reach through it and unlock the door.
Lock the Windows
The doors and windows in the house are the most common entry points for intruders. Unfortunately, standard latches on windows are not always your best bet—and sometimes they are downright inadequate. If you do not like the look of your window latches, spruce up security with locks or even key-operated levers.
Light Up the Landscape
Intruders, burglars, vandals, and other criminals do not like to be in the spotlight. Set up lights surrounding your front and back yards, near the garage, along pathways, and other outdoor structures. In this way, you will make intruders skittish, and you will also cut down your risk of a fall on your way up the front steps.
Don’t Forget the Garage
This entrance point to your house is starting to become more popular with burglars and intruders. And even if they cannot enter your house, chances are you have a lot of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it your habit to lock all the entry points to the garage—both exterior and interior.
You may likewise consider keeping your garage door opener inside the house. That way, an intruder can’t grab it out of your car. Moreover, if you use a security code to open the garage door, make sure you keep it top secret and never access it in front of other people, like delivery guys, neighbours, or anybody else.
Set Up a Security System
Your house should have some form of a security measure. Today there is a lot of home security options that fit every budget and every level of protection needed. To select a system that you are comfortable with, assess and evaluate the needs of your neighborhood and your home.
You can get in touch with your local police department for neighborhood crime numbers and help to do a home security assessment of your home.
Eliminate Hiding Spots
Shrubs and trees may give your house a lovely curb appeal, but they also provide intruders and burglars with a handy place to conceal themselves. Trim down tall plants and trees close to your house that could be used for cover.
Go for smaller flowers and bushes instead. If you have trees near your windows, either remove them or fortify those windows with extra layers of security.