Your home is your safe space, a place that is truly yours. As a homeowner, your biggest fear is the breach of the privacy and security of your home. To prevent a home invasion, you need to up your security game and add a few key features that will make burglars steer clear.
So, what can you do to create a hostile environment for any potential intruders? We’ll cover the topic with four tips this month and four more next month to give you comprehensive security.
Locked & Loaded
Locks on all doors and windows may seem elementary, but a lot of people forget the windows in this equation. You may open a window to let in some air and ventilate the house. If you forget to lock it later, that gives access to anyone wanting to break in. A lot of windows don’t come with locks; if that’s the case with yours, you can call in the experts to have some locks installed.
For additional safety, have two kinds of locks on each door: the lock with a key for the outside and deadbolts for the inside.
A lot of people leave the keys to the house hidden on the front porch, maybe under a flowerpot or the welcome mat. This is not good practice because these would be one of the first places a burglar would check. If you need to keep a spare key somewhere in case of a lockout, hand it to one of the neighbors you trust.
Light Up Your Life
Ensure that your home is safe, especially at night, by investing in outdoor lighting. Floodlights or motion sensor lights will keep the area surrounding your home, yard, and the surrounding area lit. Any pockets of darkness are where a burglar could hide, waiting for the right moment to break in. Motion sensor lights will make it even harder for a burglar to hide in the bushes, as the lights will alert the entire neighborhood to the activity in your garden.
A well-kept lawn with mowed grass means there are fewer places for a burglar to hide and observe you. Burglars look for places like that where they can hide and keep a tab on your daily activities. Most people tend to stick to a routine, and once an intruder figures yours out, they would know exactly when to strike.
You’ll also want to keep important factors in mind with your landscaping. Don’t have bushes or big plants close to windows or doors or at an angle that would give anyone access to the inside.
A well-kept lawn can also indicate that someone cares about the house and is frequently at home taking care of chores. A lawn that is allowed to grow gives off the impression that the owner is frequently absent or away on vacation.
Check Your Car
If your car is out in your driveway, a burglar may decide it’s a good enough target. If they don’t get a chance to break in, they might not want to go home empty-handed. It’s best to park your car in the garage with the door locked.
If for some reason you don’t have access to the garage and must leave the car outside, make sure the windows are rolled all the way up and the doors are locked. Cover the car with a tarp if you can. Don’t leave anything valuable in the car (loose change, wallets, purses, books, laptops, etc.). Bring everything inside.
Enhanced Home Safety & Security
For improved home security, be sure to lock all entries, install outdoor lights, maintain your lawn, and keep your car locked away. For more home security tips, check back for our next blog.No matter if you need new locks or want to install security cameras, Accurate Lock & Safe is here to help. Our Master locksmiths have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right. Contact us today to help you keep your home and family safe from burglars.