1. Strengthen exterior doors kick in resistance:
Approx 33% of the burglars prefer to enter from the front door. Perform an inspection of not only your front door but all doors around your home. Make sure that the frames are strong, the hinges are protected, the wood is not hollow, and, if your door has a mail slot, that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door. The front door might be a nice focal point of your house, but don’t sacrifice security for a pretty view. If your door doesn’t have a peephole or a deadbolt, you should install those immediately to help make the door even more secure.
2. Reinforce windows:
The latches manufacturers place on windows aren’t always effective, and sometimes they’re downright flimsy. Replace them with locks or key-operated levers to help beef up your safety. You might also consider inserting laminated or tempered glass for a stronger hold. As many as 23 percents of home burglaries occur through first-story windows, but don’t forget to secure the basement and second-story windows as well.
3. Purchase a security system:
All homes should have some form of security system, whether it’s a basic DIY Installation or a fully monitored smart system. Evaluate the needs of your area and choose a smart security system that you are comfortable with. Some of the basics to consider include an alarm, motion sensors for the doors and windows, and carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
4. Meet your neighbours:
Your neighbours can be a helpful first line of defence against a home invasion. They know the area and can help keep an eye on your home when you’re away — but they can’t do that if they don’t know you. Make an effort to meet your new neighbours and form good relationships so you’ll have people to rely on. If something fishy is happening in your area, a good neighbour will call and let you know.
- 5. protect your home against fires: If you’ve ever severely burnt something you’ve cooked, then you probably know the piercing sound of a smoke alarm. And if you’re like me, you deactivated the device and forgot to turn it back on. Don’t make that mistake again!
Approximately 3,000 people die in residential fires every year, but there are easy things you can do to protect your home and family from runaway fires. Keep all of your smoke detectors in good working order. Test them once a month, and replace batteries annually.
There should be at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in high-risk areas, like the kitchen and the garage. And above all, practice a fire escape plan as a family so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.
6. Find your resources:
Find information on contacting the local police, check for a neighbourhood watch program, and see what other resources your area has available to aid in home safety. Some local police forces will send an officer over to give you tips on securing your home for your family.
7. Light up the landscape:
the majority of burglaries occurs during the day, likely when you’re at work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to secure your home at night. Place lights around your front and backyard. Use lights that come equipped with motion sensors for added protection. An intruder might be less inclined to break in if there is a spotlight on them.
8. Eliminate hiding places:
Shrubs and bushes may give your house curb appeal, but they also provide burglars with a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover and opt for smaller flowers instead.
9. Shine Smart Lighting, Indoors and Out: Make it harder for robbers to break into your home at night undetected with strategic lighting. Outdoor motion detector, floodlights and security lighting near possible points of entry, like windows and doors, can be a practical deterrent for unwanted visitors.
For an additional layer of protection, consider installing a security camera. Put up signs that indicate your home is armed with a security camera to keep potential prowlers at bay. Because your home is likelier to be broken into when you’re away, set indoor lights on a timer to make it look like you’re home.