3 Key Areas to a More Secure Home
As a homeowner, you're going to want to make sure that you and your family are protected at all costs. There are a lot of different ways to be certain that your home is protected. No matter if you're staying at home, out to work, or far away on a vacation, you'll be ready to keep your home safeguarded by making sure three specific areas are secure. Keep reading to find out what they are and how to go about it.
Make Sure the Doors Are Secured
It is more common than you would think to accidentally leave your doors unlocked. And without a secure alarm system, people (that means burglars) can easily walk into your home without any warning. This includes front doors, back doors, and even garage or basement doors.
An easy fix is to upgrade your door locks. High-quality locks are an easy and efficient way to make sure your doors are secure. One of the most efficient lock methods is to have a smart lock. These locks can be controlled remotely (aka through your phone), so you'll never have to worry about remembering if you've locked your doors or not if you're out of the house, or even in bed ready to sleep. Another key is to make sure all exterior doors have a deadbolt, which makes it more difficult for intruders to break in. It's also good to check and see if your door frames and hinges are strong enough to handle an attempted break-in. If you have an older door and exposed hinges, that may become more susceptible to an easy break-in.
Lastly, installing a video doorbell can also be a great way to detect any motion at your doorstep. Even if they don't ring the doorbell, your video system will notify you when there's someone there within a broad range. You can also save these videos to use as evidence later if needed.
Shut and Lock the Windows
Windows are another common entry point for burglars because they usually assume the doors are locked, so they look elsewhere around the house. Even if they're shut, windows tend to be unlocked more often than not. Manufacturer latches on windows also aren't always effective, leaving for easy access to opening a window.
If you'd like to make your windows burglar-proof, there are a few ways to do so. One option is to install window or glass-break sensors. These sensors will notify when a window has unusual or suspicious activity and can make a sound and/or contact you and the authorities.
More options include window security film, which reinforces your existing windows to prevent dangerous shattered glass as well as makes it more difficult for break-ins, and window bars. Window bars are like miniature gates for your windows, usually made out of industrial steel, making it nearly impossible for a break-in.
One extra option (and potentially cheaper option) is to plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows. This can easily harm potential intruders by hurting them as they try to get into the home, causing harm.
Install a Gate
Installing a gate is like adding a moat to the kingdom; it's the initial protection for the home and is the first step for allowing anyone inside.
This primary barrier plays an important role in increasing the overall property value, as they are well-known as an act of security. For starters, installation of a gate will keep intruders away. Burglars and trespassers will find it difficult to pass the gate, eliminating potential threats. Aside from intruders, a gate also helps keep unauthorized vehicles and animals out. You won't need to worry about animals on the loose or who is coming to your door.
Gates are also great for keeping children and pets safe. Both kids and animals can easily run around in the yard and break away from your sight at any moment. A gate is the perfect way to make sure they don't escape the yard and wander off into the busy street.
Although gates sound like a lot of work, they're also low maintenance, saving you time and money. So not only do they increase curb appeal and keep away the intruders from getting in, they protect your loved ones from getting out unexpectedly. They're a win-win!
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