It doesn’t matter how large or small your home is, whether you have lots of valuables inside or not, you should always be thinking about security. Opportunist thieves and intruders will always be looking for a chance to get into an apartment or house and steal. There are lots of steps you can take to protect your property proactively. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Securing windows and doors
If you look at statistics on home burglaries, you’ll see that most thieves get into properties through a door, and the others through a window. These figures speak for themselves. You should be thinking about getting a good set of locks to minimize your chances of becoming a victim.
You can also take other steps. If you have a letterbox in your front door, consider putting a cage on the inside edge, to stop any would-be burglars tampering with the locks. You may also want to think back replacing glass panels with laminated ones, or doing away with them altogether, to minimize the chances of someone gaining entry. A peephole in your front door, so you can see who’s on the other side, may also be a good idea – along with a security chain, which can also help you check on who’s calling on you.
When you’re going out…
As just mentioned, an easy way for a burglar to get into your home is through an unlocked door or open window. So, when you’re heading out, you should check that they are all are properly locked. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be away for an hour or all day.
You shouldn’t be leaving any keys on display through windows, or in obvious places – like under the front door mat. These all present opportunities for those intent on breaking into your home.
You may also want to think about leaving a light on, even the radio as well, if you’re going out for the evening when it’s dark.
If you’re going away on holiday, try and ask a neighbor, friend or relative to keep an eye on your house for you.
Install security devices
There are all sorts of security devices on the market these days to help make your home safe. A common one is outdoor lighting, which is triggered when someone or something passes through a sensor. This not only acts as a deterrent, but it can also make the job of you finding your way around a lot easier if you’re coming home in the dark – in the evening or during the night.
You might also want to consider investing in a visible burglar alarm, which can also put off would-be thieves and boost the overall security of your home. A driveway alarm may also be a good idea for your property. Check out providers like Reliable Chimes.
Report any suspicions
You should keep an eye out for yourself, but also your neighbors. If you see any suspicious activity around the area where you live, a would-be burglar checking out potential properties, for example, the advice is always to report it to the local authorities.