Keeping your home and your family safe from burglars and intruders sits firmly at the top of every homeowner’s list. The thought of a stranger rummaging through your home and your belongings is enough to unnerve anyone and is something we would all rather avoid. Not only is it an invasion of your privacy, but for many people, it feels like an intrusion into your personal life.
The good news is that by taking a few simple steps, you can ensure that your home is secure. It’s important to keep your family and belongings safe inside while keeping any unwanted visitors firmly locked outside. You will want to this in as unintrusive a manner as possible.
The last thing you need is for your home to look like a maximum-security prison with security cameras, alarm boxes and motion detectors on every corner. Instead, implement some well-thought-out smart security measures that will have minimum impact on your homes aesthetic while keeping intruders firmly at bay.
Here are some straightforward steps you can implement today to make your home more secure and less appealing to burglars and other criminals.
Install Screen Doors
Professional burglars are good at what they do and aim to spend less than a minute breaking into your home. The longer they stand at the door trying to break in the higher their chance is of getting caught. Screen doors add an extra level of security to your home and offer a novel way to slow burglars down and increase the amount of time it takes them to gain access to your home.
Screen doors can also act as a great deterrent as most burglaries take place during daylight hours. Simply having a screen door installed shows, anyone, thinking about breaking in that there is an extra level of security to deal with. In most cases, this will be enough for them to overlook your property and move on to the next victim.
Close Your Blinds
Keeping your blinds closed will keep prying eyes out. If nobody can look inside to see if there is anything worth stealing, then they are less likely to take the risk. On the other hand, if your blinds are open and you leave your laptop, smartphone, and tablet on the coffee table in front of your games console and Smart TV, you are inviting any would-be burglar to come in and take what they want. Keep your valuables out of sight by drawing your blinds when you’re out.
Examine Your Front Door
When assessing your home for potential break-in locations, be sure to examine your front door in detail. The first things to check are the hinges. Ensure that your hinges are on the inside of the door, rather than on the outside where the pins can easily be removed and the door taken off its frame.
It’s also important to ensure that all of your locks are working properly and are positioned correctly. Deadbolts should be out of reach of any nearby windows, in case an intruder was to smash the window to reach inside. Remember, the front door is the primary point of access for most criminals so do your due diligence and ensure you’re covered. Not sure where to start? Here’s a good resource for how to fortify your door.
Keep Your Home Protected
It doesn’t take much to keep your home protected from intruders, especially with our simple tips. Installing a screen door will give an extra level of security that will slow down home invaders and act as a deterrent for anyone trying to gain access. Ensure your front door locks and hinges are up to scratch and keep valuables out of prying eyes.
All of these tips can be implemented with ease and will provide you and your family with an added level of security and the peace of mind that your home is safe at all times.