Home security is important, no matter where you live. All the latest hi-tech security gadgets such as a beams, sensors, alarms and cameras are great but there are a number of basic, low-cost essential considerations that need to be addressed to enhance and improve the security of your home.
Criminals do not want to get caught and will canvass the neighborhood looking for vulnerable homes. Don’t let your home be one of them and make yourself a soft target. These projects can be done over a weekend at a relatively low cost and will significantly improve the security of your house. Despite the simplicity and low cost, they are important and highly effective in deterring criminals.
Let’s take a look at the most important aspects of basic home security.
Criminals do not want to be seen and a poorly lit exterior is a big attraction to them. Thanks to advances in LED lighting technology, powerful exterior lights are available that are super-bright, affordable, long lasting and use very little electricity. They are easy to install and do not require a qualified electrician.
You can have some lights on a normal switch, others on a timer or day/night switch and some activated by motion. A well-lit exterior gives criminals little place to hide and act as a major deterrent.
Do a walk around at night to determine the effect of the existing lights and identify the dark areas that leave you vulnerable. Fix and replace faulty fittings and globes and install new LED lights in those areas with poor or no light.
This is easy and inexpensive. Motion sensor lights are particularly useful in areas where criminals may approach and often their activation will be enough to scare the would-be criminals off. Also ensure you have adequate lighting at the front door so you can retrieve your keys and unlock the door with ease.
Check all locks and windows
Many homes have a few vulnerable doors or windows. New or additional quality locks on doors will provide additional protection and are easy to install. Inspect all windows and door locks to determine weak spots and tend to them immediately.
An experienced criminal can spot a cheap weak lock at a glance and this is just an invitation to break in. Check for vulnerable or weak windows and install bars or pins in sash windows to protect them.
Practice good key control
Far too many people still leave a spare key in a flower pot or under a mat. Criminals are aware of this and will look there immediately. This will give them quick and easy access to your house. This is a dangerous practice. Rather find a safe, less obvious place to conceal a spare key or leave it with a reliable neighbor.
Trim back shrubs and hedges
Large overgrown shrubs, bushes and hedges form a perfect hiding place for criminals, even during daylight hours. They sometimes hide in them for hours to observe your movements. Keep all shrubs trimmed back and neat and tidy. An untidy garden might also give the impression that the house is not occupied and attract the attention of criminals.
Get to know your neighbors
Vigilant neighbors can be very helpful if they observe any suspicious activity in your area. Make an effort to get to know them and you can help each other out by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. A friendly neighbor is much more likely to assist than a stranger.
Get a dog or at least a dog sign
A dog a huge deterrent to criminals and they would rather pass up the house with a dog that is likely to either attack them or alert the occupants of their presence. If you are not keen on having a dog, it can’t hurt to put up a sign on the gate that says “beware of the dog.”
These might seem like minor deterrents but together, they will make a significant impact on the security of your home. Without these measures, your home will appear to be a soft target and could attract the attention of criminals. Anything you can do to improve the security and make it harder for criminals to gain access to your property or home helps.
Try these quick, easy an inexpensive jobs to enhance the security of your home to protect yourself, your family and your belongings.