Even with all of the technological and security advances that have been made over the past several years, some estimate that around 5% of households experience break-ins every year. Do you think your house is as secure as it could be?
If you are worried about a potential break-in or are perhaps unsure of the various safety features that are available to you and your home, it is wise to assess your home for vulnerabilities. Not only is a security inspection something that you are able to do on your own, but these simple suggestions will help any homeowner find some peace of mind when it comes to the security of their loved ones and belongings.
Check to be sure that your property is well lit
If there is an area of your yard or your front or back porch that is not properly lit, it could make for a perfect point of entry for a burglar. When checking your property, ensure that there is lighting available near your doors, side alleys, walkways, and driveway.
If you have a large property or have a lot of distance between you and your neighbors, consider installing floodlights to provide adequate illumination. Additionally, to be energy conscious while deterring intruders, motion-activated lighting may be good to place near all of the possible points of entry.
Are your doors as secure as they could be?
Most of us would assume that all doors are secure and impenetrable when it comes to intruders. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some materials used to construct either front or back doors are easy to break. It is a good idea to try to determine what material your door is made out of — and if it is strong enough to withstand a break-in.
Reinforced steel doors not only sound strong, but are actually the sturdiest option. If the fortress-look is not in your home decor plans though, fiberglass and metal are also good options. In order for your door to be kick-proof and truly solid, solid wood is another good material.
Consider updating your locks
Even if you have the strongest door, without a strong lock to accompany it, it will not provide optimal security for your home. It is recommended that each access point into your home has at least two locks such as smart locks. Better yet, one of the locks should be a secure deadbolt.
There are so many types of locks available on the market — offering electronic, keyless, and prime security features — so it is best to do adequate research and find one that fits your budget and is suitable for your needs. Another tip is to look for brand name deadbolts that have received good reviews. While you may be tempted to save money by purchasing a $5 deadbolt, you could end up spending thousands after a home intrusion.
Assess your windows for vulnerabilities
Picture this: a potential burglar tries to get in the front door and fails… but does not give up that easily. Windows that are located near the front or back door pose additional risks for break-ins as they are typically a home intruders second attempt of access to your home. Be sure that you have adequate locks on all windows, consider window bars on ground level windows if break-ins have been reported in your neighborhood, and think about upgrading all windows by installing break resistant glass.
Are there any common sense things that could make your house more secure?
Do you have a security system? While the monthly fee may be a perceived barrier, it could save you money (amongst other things) in the future. Talk to your neighbors and do some research to find one that is suitable for you.
Do you have an extremely routine schedule meaning that you leave and return to your home at the same time every day? Leaving the house empty all day is one of the riskiest things to do in terms of a break-in. If possible, try mixing this up a bit. Maybe spend your lunch break at home or try shaving off a few hours at work.
To conclude, there are probably multiple things that you could do around the house to make it a more secure place. By walking around your property and considering potential upgrades, you are taking a good first step towards improving the security of your home. It is relatively easy to stay smart and add a few additional security features — by doing so, you will hopefully prevent a future break-in.