Whether you’ve been living in your home for several years or decades now or have recently moved to a new home, home security is always of utmost importance. Here are simple tips you can follow to ensure that you and your family are safe in your homes:
#1 Secure the Doors
If you have recently moved into a new house, be sure to change all the locks. Just because you trust the previous owners doesn’t mean that they were completely safe and cautious of their actions; there is still a possibility that someone aside from the owners might have access to the keys or codes. On the other hand, if you’ve lived in the property for a long time, try to reinforce your locks from time to time to ensure that it still holds.
At the same time, it is also important that you remember to always lock your doors. Regardless of the time of the day, you must remember to deny intruders access to your home at all times. At night, remember as well to lock the doors inside your house so that in case a burglar is able to break into your home, you and your family are still safe inside the rooms.
#2 Keep it Bright
Burglars and intruders hate nothing more than to be seen in light. Installing ample lighting in your front and back yard can help keep intruders away. Try investing in motion lighting, but if you’re worried about your monthly electricity bills, it is best to invest in quality solar-powered lights.
#3 Lock Your Windows and Garage Doors
Most burglars enter a home either through an unlocked window or garage door. It is not enough that you check your doors, but you must also be vigilant in checking for any unlocked windows or garage doors. If you have an automatic garage door opener, be sure that you keep it safe and sound and away from strangers who can easily snatch it.
#4 Set Up a Security System
You can either choose to invest in a top-of-the-line security system or have a DIY security system set up. Today, there are a lot of security system options that cater to the majority. Depending on your needs, security systems vary as well in prices and purposes. There are also a number of modern smart home security systems available in the market today. A good tip is for you to conduct proper research prior to purchasing and setting up a security system. You can canvas your neighborhood, do research online, or even ask your local enforcement officers for their professional opinion.
#5 Secure Your Valuables
When all else fails, it is important that your valuables are safely stored. As high-tech as we are today, nothing still beats a good old safe. From jewelry to passports, to documents it is important that you invest in a safe that keeps these valuables from the hands of the burglars. Be sure that your safe is big enough to store everything that you need in there as well as that it’s heavy enough that burglars will be unable to move it. It is also important that you remember to store your firearms in a gun safe. Most burglars find firearms as desirable items.
#6 Mark Your Territory
Whether you prefer having bushes around your yard or actual fences, demarcating your property is also another way of making your home safer. Not only will this fend off burglars or unwanted visitors, but this will also help you to identify easily when someone is already trespassing on your property.
#7 Be Careful Who You Talk To
More than the physical aspect of reinforcing doors, security systems, fences in your home, there are also a lot of other aspects that can help make your home a lot safer. For one, you always have to be mindful of who you’re talking to and the details that you give out. For example, if you’re going on a vacation, it’s best if you only inform people who you truly trust. If this information gets in the hands of the wrong people, your home might be the next burglary target. This applies as well whenever you have workers in your home. If you’re new to the area and are employing new workers, be sure to check their IDs and to verify the names of the workers from the company. Moreover, whether it’d be your plumber, electrician, or carpenter, always be mindful of the information that you share with them.
#8 Secure Your Wi-Fi Network
Albeit a little bit advance, when it comes to your safety and your family’s safety, it’s best to be sure. Only use a secure Wi-Fi network, especially when you have a smart home. Hackers can easily hack Wi-Fi networks now if left unsecured and they may be able to get access to your home security system or other personal information.