Safety and security are of paramount importance to homeowners because home is not just where the heart is, but it’s also where you should feel the most comfortable and sheltered. A single breach can shatter this sense of safety and security, and no one should be subjected to such a violation. However, it doesn’t matter how safe your location or neighborhood is; there will always be people who want to take advantage of your vulnerabilities.
So it is up to you as the homeowner to guard your home against unscrupulous individuals and to protect the safety and security of your family. If you want to know how, here are effective hacks to boost your home security.
Strengthen the Security Doors and Windows
Contrary to what movies portray, most intruders don’t creep on your roof or climb to the second story of your house to get into your home (although they do that too). Their first choice of gaining entry into your property is the same one you use to enter your house—the front door.
According to 2018 statistics from Reolink, 34 percent of robbers enter through your front door. About 23 percent of burglars get in through a first-floor window, and 22 percent of burglars use the back door. They gain entrance through an unlocked door window, by picking locks, or by using force.
That said, the first thing you can do for your security is to safeguard the possible entry points to your home. Use solid, sturdy doors that can withstand excessive force, and pair them with superior-grade door sets, which include locks, deadbolts, strike plates, and hinges. Also, learning how intruders can break into your locks will help you figure out ways to guard against their methods.
Add Motion-Activated Lights Outside
Over 1.3 million burglaries occur during the night. Intruders will use the cover of night to hide their tracks, but you can prevent them from taking advantage of that and catch them off-guard by installing motion activated-lights along your property. If there’s one thing criminals hate, it’s being exposed, and that’s what the security lights are going to do. Plus, ample lighting outdoors is necessary to aid you (and your neighbors) in monitoring suspicious occurrences or lurking figures in your property and call the police immediately, so you don’t have to go out and put yourself at risk.
Install a Home Security System
No criminal in their right mind would set themselves up to be caught, so they tend to avoid properties with home security systems. Unfortunately, only 17 percent of homes have a system installed. If you haven’t got one yet, it’s high time to consider investing in one. To start, home alarms and CCTV cameras are two of the most effective security systems against intruders. You should have alarms and cameras installed inside and outside your property, especially near the front and back doors.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Neighbors are your unexpected yet highly effective wards against break-ins. They’re watchful and likely to call the cops when they notice something unusual occurring in their surroundings, which can extend to your home. This is another reason you should maintain a cordial relationship with your neighbors or get to know them. If your neighbors know you well, they’re more likely to look after your property and extend a helping hand during an emergency. Further, it’s always great to be friends with the people in your area.
The Bottom Line
A break-in won’t incur only the loss of money or property but also your sense of security in your own home. Your residence is an extension of your person, and you will feel wronged and violated after such an event. That said, you should guard your home in the same way you guard yourself against all kinds of danger.