Since 2015 home invasions and home theft have been dropping year after year, however, the numbers are still high, so no matter what, it is always imperative to consider proofing your home against thieves.
With so many criminals wanting to break into your home, the first step you need to take would be to eliminate opportunity, and you are the only one who can accomplish this.
Most people tend to worry about home security only during nighttime, perhaps without realizing that actually, most home burglaries occur during the daytime, while our family is in school, work, gym, yoga classes or out for a quick run on the park, basically any other engagement that will have us out of the house like running some errands as well, creating the perfect “opportunity” for thieves to break in and steal our hard earn valuables, so, just as important as it is to take proper precautions during the nighttime, as well as during the daytime, ensuring that when you live your home, it remains safe and secure.
When it comes about the safety of your family and your belongings, you can really cheap out and be too careful, you’ll always need to strive for the best of the best in the market. In addition to those expensive home security system, there are multiple other ways you can do to improve your home safety.
There are three things you need to focus on when you want to protect your home from potential break-ins, and they are protecting your home from the inside, protecting it from the outside, and protecting it while you and your family are on vacations.
Let’s start with protecting it from the outside, you want to begin by doing a walk around the outside of your home in search of possible weaknesses. If you want to truly protect your home from the outside, then you need to see your home like a burglar does, for example, if you see a window that could easily be pried open, chances are that a burglar has seen it too. Believe or not, you could also enlist the help of your local police department, who would conduct an assessment that will help you pinpoint the exact weaknesses of your home.
While you are conducting your outside search for weak spots, it will be a good idea to make notes regarding all the things that can be seen inside your home from the outside through the windows, look for expensive electronics, furniture, art, collectibles, and any other object of considerable value to the thieves. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to hide everything, redecorate your home just to keep those expensive items out of the sight of prying eyes, but, it wouldn’t be all too bad to do some minor changes in the inner design of your home, there is really no need to give those thieves more reasons to break-in and steal from you.
If you happen to be a big fan of shrubberies to decorate the entrance of your home, then you’ll do well to keep it well trimmed at all times, because if you don’t then you’ll be providing thieves with a perfect hiding place for enough time to make his triumphal entry and rob you. Remember, eliminating opportunities is the main goal of any home security system, however, if in fact you a thing for shrubberies, then use it in your favor, and plant thorny shrubs by your windows so the thieves will think twice before getting anywhere near them.
Continuing improving the outside security of your home you may want to build a fence if you don’t already have one, this is another great way to keep unwanted visitors away from your home and your family. If you have one, then have a quick look at it, reinforced it and keep it sturdy and strong, so it well fenced off all those thieves. Now, as a good idea as the fence is, the key element continues to be removing opportunities for thieves, so, unless you’ve built a fort around your house, remember to keep things like bikes, cars, grills, and other expensive items, kept away in the garage and only get them out when you are around and watchful.
These are just some of the best examples to keep your home safe from the outside, now, let’s have a look at what you can do to protect your home from the inside.
To start with, remember to keep all windows and doors lock at all times. An unlock windows or doors are an open invitation for thieves to break-in, so make sure you keep them lock tightly. Replace the windows locks if you don’t deem the ones you have strong enough, or they are just too old. You can also hire the assistance of a professional residential locksmith to have him check all the locks in your homes, and replace the ones that aren’t strong enough, burglars tend to have some sort of sixth sense in detecting weak locks to pick.
If you are just moving into a new home, and you just don’t feel “safe” then you can have the locksmith replacing all the locks or re-keying all the locks, so you won’t wonder anymore if there is someone out there with keys to access your home that could fall into the wrong hands. Also, if you are just renting a place, you can have the landlord replace all the locks unless it was previously done, it really doesn’t matter is the previous tenant turned in its keys, there is always the possibility that it didn’t and we are living in a potential robbery victim place.
If you are leaving for vacations and leaving your home unattended for an extended period of time, then you have to make sure that all windows and doors are locked, so it wouldn’t harm you to check and double check them. It would also be a good idea to have a relative driving by while you are away.