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How Do I Secure My Home?

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The world is dark and unsafe. That is pretty much clear to everyone, both kid and adult. It’s already a known fact that looking vulnerable in the streets would attract people with ill intention and chances are an unfortunate crime would occur. But what about inside the safety of your own home? Imagine a burglar getting in while you’re on the sofa with your kids watching BBC on the telly. Or that you’re under a deep and sound dream while your hard-earned possessions are being taken away from you. You can always hire professionals to install CCTV’s but are they enough or should you take a few more steps?

According to the FBI, in 2018, a property crime occurs in a household every 25.7 seconds. This is a disturbingly glaring statistic that asks for everyone to be more aware of their surroundings. Even if you live in a relatively safe neighbourhood, it would still be prudent for you to take extra measures to ensure your safety. After all, we are talking not only about your possessions that you worked hard for but also the safety and lives of you and your family and that’s one thing you really can’t put a price on.

When it comes to your house security, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You may get ridiculed for being too paranoid and wasting your time, effort, and money but if it means you and your family getting to sleep soundly every night then it’s definitely worth it.

Here I have listed some of the best measures to so you can secure your home.

 

Install Surveillance Systems

The rise of CCTV cameras has perhaps caused a great deal of distress and annoyance to every home burglar around the world. With many homeowners installing video surveillance around their houses, it is expected that the number of house-related crimes drastically decrease. 

Security camera footage works two ways. It acts as a deterrent for people with ill-intentions to even think of attempting to rob your house. The second way is to record any crime that happened and act as evidence for you to get evidence.

As technology advances, CCTV cameras can now come with nifty features such as motion sensors, night vision, local or cloud storage, Wi-Fi capability, and even weatherproof casing.

Always Remember To Lock The Doors

Open doors are usually one of the best ways to entice burglars into your home. Before turning in for the night, do a manual inspection of all the doors and if you have locked each and every one of them. Keep all keys with you and make sure that no one else has a copy. Change your door locks annually to guarantee its safety. Installing a deadbolt or a strike plate will also boost your security.

Reinforce Your Windows

Windows are one of the most common entry points for burglars. Not only are the locks flimsy and as strong as a sheet of paper, but the glass is also extra thin which makes it easy for burglars to break-in. Improve your security by changing your window latches with industrial-strength locks. Likewise, you can also reinforce your glass with window security film or replace it with fibreglass which is a stronger material than the regular ones.

Open Your Lights

No one wants to be in the spotlight. Vandals and burglars will think twice before entering your property if they see that your property is well lit. Open lights are also a sign that there are awake residents inside the property which could catch them in the act of robbing their houses. Placing lights at strategic places like along pathways, near your garage and in front of your door will reduce the risks of someone walking up and attempting to break in your house. Use solar-powered or motion-activated lights to save energy and money.

Door And Window Sensors

If you are not yet convinced that your door and windows are secure, then you can buy door and window motion sensors to help you sleep more securely. Motion sensors will immediately alert you if anything happens during the night. Get sensors that send you a notification straight to your mobile phone so you are always aware of what’s happening in your home even if you are outside.

Talk To Your HOA And Set Up A Neighborhood Watch

If your house is part of a Home-Owners Association, then you can set a meeting with them and establish a neighbourhood watch. A Neighbourhood crime watch is an organized group of civilians that devotes a part of their time to prevent crime around their area.

Get A Safe

If you are still not convinced of your possessions’ safety then you can always get a safe. A safe will prevent burglars from getting any of your most valuable possessions. Put your jewellery, important documents, and other vital stuff inside your safe so you can be guaranteed of its safety, even from natural disasters such as fires and earthquakes.

 

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