Improving certain areas of your home can help it look more attractive or functional, but it also is a great way to increase the level of security in and outside of your home. One of the most common threats to your home is burglary, and since you can’t always be there to watch out for it, it’s important to take the proper precautions. Here are some easy and affordable options to help keep burglars out of your home.
Lock your windows. You would be surprised at how many people lock their doors but not their windows. Windows are another easy way for intruders to get into your home, so make sure to protect them with the proper locks. Closing blinds or curtains can also help prevent burglars from seeing any of your valuable items, such as purses or wallets, that are left in plain sight in your home.
Lock your doors. It is estimated that 81% of burglary offenses occur through the first floor of homes. This means that it’s more important than ever to make sure your primary and back doors are securely locked with the proper bolts, latches and guards. To instantly strengthen any door from being kicked in, add a deadbolt lock and a reinforced metal box strike. Don’t forget about your patio doors if you have them- some sliding doors can be lifted off their tracks, so an anti-lift device can help prevent this from happening.
Protect your indoor items. Even with all of the safety precautions in place on your windows and doors, your valuables inside your home are still at risk. Your home and office include drawers, cabinets, doors and mailboxes that contain private or personal information and belongings. Protect these items with drawer, cabinet and mailbox locks. Safes also are a great option for storing your valuables and keeping them protected from intruders or unfamiliar house guests.
Invest in an alarm system. This is a crucial step if you live in a high-crime neighborhood. Most alarm systems can be installed fairly quickly and are paid monthly. They help to increase the fear of being caught and will deter burglars from trying to enter your home. Alarm decals on your windows and signs on your lawn or outside of your home will increase this fear.
Befriend your neighbors. Your neighbors are a second set of eyes to watch your home when you aren’t there. After you’ve built trust and a friendship with them, establish some sort of system where they will watch your home for you while you are gone. On vacations or trips, have them pick up your mail, water your plants, etc. to show burglars that someone is watching the home.