How To Improve The Security Of Your Home

Posted November 3, 2022 by in Decor
keys in front door

There are a lot of things you can do to make your home safer and more secure. Ideally, you should do this as soon as you realize it has to be done, but this kind of work is especially important before the holidays when so-called ‘porch pirates’ might come out of hiding to steal packages left on your doorstep or in your yard by delivery drivers.

The good news is that although it is work, you can protect your space in a number of ways, such as with home security systems or devices or with cheaper, do-it-yourself security tools. We put together a simple list of the best and easiest things you can do to protect your home and keep thieves away to help you with your home security checklist. Read on to find out more. 

Have An Alarm Installed 

It’s hard to say for sure how many would-be burglars home alarm systems scare away. As you look around the internet, you’ll find different answers. Some thieves will stay away from security systems. Some people don’t mind trying to do battle with certain brands.

But most people who try to break in don’t want to get caught, no matter how they feel about alarm systems. So get a security system, preferably one that still sounds an alarm even if it is turned off. Most likely, a thief will skip your house and go for an easier one if they think you have an alarm in place, no matter if they are able to disable it or not – they don’t want the hassle. 

Secure The Doors 

One horrible statistic to bear in mind is that 34 percent of burglars gain access to houses through the front door. Since this is the case, you’ll need to check over your front door (and back door, come to that) to ensure that it is secure. It has to shut all the way, and you need to be able to lock it. Some other suggestions to make your door more secure include:

  • Changing the locks if your home has been lived in before
  • Installing a deadbolt
  • Installing a camera doorbell 
  • Upgrading to a smart lock
  • Securing the mail slot

Lock Your Windows 

Theft experts say that thieves often break in through windows, which can be left shut but unlocked by accident. Also, the latches on the windows that come with them, especially older windows, aren’t always effective, and sometimes they’re downright weak.

If you don’t like the way your window latches look, you can make them more secure by adding new locks or levers that work with a key. But that’s not all you can do. You can also use window security film to make glass stronger, put in window sensors or alarms that go off when glass breaks, add window bars, and put thorny bushes under the windows on the first floor. 

Finally, if your windows are old or make you feel unsafe, you can replace them. Speak to Renewal by Andersen for prices and ideas to ensure your home is protected. 

Ask Neighbors To Use Your Drive When You’re Away

If you’re going to be gone for a long time, it’s also a good idea to ask neighbors to park on your driveway. This can make it hard for thieves to figure out if anyone is home when they are looking around your house.

This option is great because it’s free, and most people are more than happy to do it. If your neighbors aren’t able to help, you can actually rent out your driveway to commuters for a short time. If you live near a city center or train station, for example, this can work well and bring you money. Someone will always want to use your driveway, especially if they drive to work.

Install Security Cameras 

One of the best ways to protect your home is with security cameras. If your home is broken into, the footage from your security cameras gives you a better chance of catching the thief and getting your things back. Keeping track of how long they were there and which way they came in can help with the investigation. Since so many homes and businesses have CCTV systems, you can follow the criminal’s movements before and after the crime. The best thing about cameras is that they let you keep an eye on your property and/or family in real-time, which is very comforting. You can watch live events from anywhere in the world on your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or PC.

Best of all, technology has advanced to the point where high-quality, multi-functional cameras can be purchased relatively cheaply; this kind of security does not have to be expensive.

Keep Your Valuables Hidden 

Some burglars may check out possible targets ahead of time to make sure they only break into homes with valuables. So, it’s best not to put your expensive things in places where thieves can easily see them as they walk by. For example, don’t leave expensive equipment or bicycles out in the open, close your garage door, and don’t leave electronics, purses, jewelry, cash, and other big-ticket items in front of open windows. You could also put up window coverings like curtains or blinds to keep people from looking in.

Protect The Garage

More and more thieves are using the garage as a way to get into your home. Even if they can’t get into your house, you probably have a lot of good things in your garage that they could take. Make it a habit to lock both the inside and outside doors to the garage every day. 

You could also keep the garage door opener inside the house. So, a thief can’t just take it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure to keep it a secret and never enter it in front of neighbors, delivery people, or anyone else.

Eliminate Hiding Places 

Trees and bushes may make your house look nice from the outside, but they also give thieves a place to hide. Cut down any nearby trees or plants that could be used as cover. Instead, go for smaller plants and flowers. If you have trees near windows, you should either cut them down or add more security to those windows.