Keeping your house secure is an important topic to address, not just because burglaries can happen to anyone, it also helps to keep yourself and your family safe. To prevent break-ins, it is vital for people to spend a bit of their time to learn how to protect their homes and be aware of their neighbourhood.
These days anyone who has access to the internet can easily search for any personal information, such as how your house looks on Google Map, your Facebook account for your personal photos, LinkedIn for your work experience etc. As technology advances, at the same time, we open up our world for everyone to access. In the same way that you don’t want to be a victim, of course, you won’t want any people to break into your house too.
Burglars are always on a lookout for opportunities and target homes they know they can easily access without getting caught. It is crucial to do the same and be ruthless in protecting your own lovely home, yourself, and family from any dangerous or unwanted situation. In this blog post, I will cover different measures on preventing property crime.
1. Secure your Door
Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and you have anti-snap locks. It only takes seconds to pick or snap a lock. If you have an old door, it is worth investing in anti-snap locks to reinforce the vital entryways. Or maybe get a fingerprint scanner!
2. Lock your Windows
Make sure that your windows are locked as they are the most common entry points for burglars. You can reinforce glass with window security film or install glass break sensors. Fitting sash jammers to the inside of the doors and windows will give them extra strength, which helps to protect against a forced attack. Or plant prickly bushes under windows.
3. Install Outdoor Security Lights
Burglars would hate to be in the spotlight if you place lights around your front and back garden, along walkways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only that, but you also make it safer for yourself and your family from stumbling on the ways in or out of the house during night time. You can use motion-activated lights, solar-powered lights or place outdoor lights on a timer to save electricity.
4. Install Home Alarm Systems
Investing in a good home alarm system is vital as this is the first thing criminals will look for when they look for opportunities. Home alarms not only provide you with the ability to connect directly to a team of specialised professionals, but they can also activate the most appropriate security protocols for any incident and to send, when necessary, an ambulance, fire service or guard response to your home.
5. Install Home Security Camera
As I’m sure many of you know, dash cams are increasing in popularity with many people using them to record whilst on the roads. Then why not also get a home security camera at home! This will help you to keep tabs on people, collect evidence and allows you to report any suspicious activity. They can be your eyes to unwanted visitors and behaviour. We have reviewed WiFi security systems while we were living in our old house. It gave us peace of mind and is a deterrent for any potential criminals.
6. Secure your Garage Door
These days garden gadgets can be worth a fortune and it is also becoming a popular entry point for burglars. To burglar-proof the door, it is worth upgrading your door lock to an anti-snap lock or heavy-duty bolt or security code lock.
7. Remove Potential items
Keep your wheelie bins away from walls or doors. It helps the criminals access areas they are not able to reach.
8. Apply Anti-climb Paints
If you are unable to remove any potential items away, it is probably best to apply anti-climb paint (also known as non-drying paint, anti-intruder paint, anti-vandal grease). It is a class of paint consisting of a thick oily coating that remains slippery indefinitely thereby preventing any intruder from gaining a foothold.
9. Inform your neighbours
Let your neighbours know that you are going away and ask them to keep an eye for you. It is probably best to join the neighbourhood watch!
10. Refrain from announcing your vacation plans or posting it on social media
If your profile is made public or even to your friend’s friends, announcing your vacation plans is a no-no. Only let your loved one knows your whereabouts. As I mentioned earlier, it is all too easy for people to get hold of your details. Leave a smaller footprint on your social media accounts and only share it when you are back! Boosting your lovely status on social media does not do yourself any favours!
There are so many different ways to ensure your home is secure and I hope these measures help you to take extra precautions to protect your home. If you have any measures or tips to share, do let me know in the comments below! Taking measures for home security may feel like a lot of work and may cost you a bit initially. However, It is well worth taking the extra measures to ensure safety and peace of mind to prevent unnecessary stress. After all, a safe home is a happy home!
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