You can never be too careful about the things you hold precious, such as your home. Although the chances of burglary and break-ins never go away, new technology, such as doorbell cameras, or older technology, such as installing a driveway alarm, can improve your security.
Even without fancy technological solutions, there are simple changes you can make around your home that will improve your security and act as a deterrent to potential burglars. Here are simple changes you can add to your home that will protect your security and give you peace of mind.
Add Alarm Systems
The first step in protecting your home, if you’re worried about a break-in, is to add an alarm system to your home. Alarm systems come with varying degrees of sophistication. Some just set off sirens to deter break-ins, while others quietly alert the police or a security company. Just placing a sign in your yard that your home is protected by an alarm system can also help you deter crime.
Besides adding an alarm on your house, you can protect the rest of your property with a driveway alarm. This alarm detects people entering your driveway, which is particularly useful if you have a large property where the entrance isn’t visible from your home.
Secure All Entrance Points
One very simple but often-ignored tip to protect yourself from burglars is to secure all possible entry points. Make sure that your front door (and back door) has a strong lock, including a potential deadbolt.
You may enter through your door, but burglars will not, so make sure all potential entryways are secured. Sliding doors are a popular entryway for intruders because they are rarely secured. Make sure you have locks for your sliding doors. and secure them with a dowel in the sliding track to stop them from moving when you’re not using them. Put locks on your windows as well.
Get Doorbell Cameras
As mentioned above, new technology is making it a lot easier for people to secure their homes and properties. One simple yet effective innovation is the doorbell camera. These cameras allow you to monitor who is at your door and check if people are casing your property while you’re not there. If an incident does happen, you can turn footage from your camera over to your insurance company or the police to try and catch the culprit.
Just the presence of a doorbell camera can deter potential burglars or even pettier criminals such as package thieves.
Light and Clear Potential Entrances
Another low-tech solution against crime is to create an environment that isn’t ideal for potential criminals. Make sure the area around your home is well-lit. Not only does this make it harder for someone to break in undetected, but it also gives the illusion that someone is home. Clear bushes or debris around your doors and windows that might also provide cover during a break-in.
By following these tips, you can have peace of mind and protect your home.