Whether you’ve been living in one place for a while, or have just moved, home security is always a hot topic. It’s often only after a break-in that many people realise just how many spots around their house are vulnerable to an intruder, and many invasions could be prevented or deterred by simply employing appropriate security. Nobody likes to think about such a traumatic event occurring, however prevention is always the best course of action, so follow these tips to make sure you and your family are safe and secure when you go to bed at night.
1. Don’t Advertise Your Valuables
If someone peers through a window and sees a whole pile of games consoles, iPad's, designer head phones, or even cash or jewellery lying around, they’re going to consider you a good target. Make sure your valuables aren’t too much on display.
2. Think About Your Glass Doors
Glass doors on a conservatory can be a much easier way in than a wooden front door, so access to this area should be secured. If the glass on your front door is too close to the handle, you could become an easy target, as it would be so easy to enter.
3. Light Up Your Entrances
With either floodlights or motion detectors, the entrances to your house should be as open and visible as possible. If someone needs to stand in a spotlight to do something shady, they’ll likely panic and pick another house. This also means that shrubs, trees, potted plants and privacy fences near your doors should be moved, as they provide too much cover to hide behind.
4. Don’t Make It Obvious You’re Not Home
When on vacation, your house is a big empty target that a burglar can rifle through uninterrupted. This can make you a target so make sure you regularly park you car in the garage, and that a neighbour will cut grass or shovel snow from the front of your house, so it’s less obvious nobody is home. Some people use a timer on their lights and forward their calls too, to make it really hard to tell when a house is empty.
5. Make It Difficult To Get In
This may sound obvious, but leaving your house vulnerable is an extremely common mistake. If it’s difficult to get in your house, then an intruder is less likely to make an attempt to get in. Most burglars are opportunists, and are looking for an easy target – making your house challenging to enter can put them off. This means closing and locking all windows and doors, and making sure access to the back of your property is also secure.
6. Don’t Give Any Tips About Your Security
While the appearance of security is paramount, and showing your security systems can be a great deterrent, you don’t need to give smart intruders unnecessary information about your alarms. It’s responsible to make sure an alarm system is visible, but it’s not advisable to advertise which company you’re with, as intruders may know how to get past certain companies.
7. Invest In A Dog
Whether you have a big dog or something small, sometimes the sounds of barking from inside a house is enough to put someone off breaking in.
8. Limit The Size Of Your Dog Door
Having a dog is a huge benefit to your security, however having a big dog door or cat door can be a security risk. The security risk lies in the fact that a person can crawl through a dog door or cat door.
About the author: Rachel is a Local newspaper reporter, journalist, and a freelance creative writer and editor. She also works at UK Top Writers.
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