Check Your Home for Potential Weaknesses Does your home have any potential weaknesses? By this we mean, are there corners that are dark and covered in foliage – right outside of a first-floor window? Do you have bushes and shrubs that are growing wild and make it easy for a potential burglar to conceal themselves? Do you have exterior lights around your home? Are there windows that remain unlocked, even though they are on the first floor? All of these potential weaknesses could spell trouble. Before you call several home alarm companies for quotes on a home security system, you need to root out these potential weaknesses and fix them.
Set Up Motion Sensing Lights on the Outside Motion sensor lights are easy to set up and they work quite well to scare off potential burglars. These lights either tie into your home’s electrical panel or run off of solar power. Both work well, so the choice is yours. It all depends on how much you want to spend to set up the system.
Use a Home Security System A home security system is one of the best ways to keep your home from being burglarized. Many of the modern ones come with WiFi-enabled cameras and smartphone apps that allow you to see the video feed from just about everywhere. On top of this, you can set up sensors on your doors and windows that will alert the authorities should the door be forced open. These sensors can set off a silent alarm, or even a noisy one that will scare away the intruder and let your neighbors know that something has happened. It’s best to contact one of the home alarm companies operating in your area to see how much it would be to have a system installed.
Lock Your Car This one is obvious – locking your car, especially if it’s kept outdoors, is a good way to keep your home from being burglarized. Plenty of would-be robbers open car doors in order to take the garage door openers that usually live in a cup holder inside. This gives them access to the home through the attached garage. If you lock your car, they won’t be able to gain this access.
Keep Your Garage Man Door Locked The man door (in you’re wondering, this is the door that a car can’t fit through) is a major security risk. Most leave this door unlocked. It’s even worse if they have a man door that leads from their attached garage to the interior of your home, as that is usually left unlocked as well. Even if the garage door (the car version) is secure, you still need to lock these doors, as they are simple entry points for burglars. It’s a good idea to contact home alarm companies to see if they can add intruder sensors to these points of entry as well. Put Privacy Film On Your Windows and Doors Privacy film is incredibly useful. You should get a roll or two of it and place it over your windows and any glass panels on your doors. This film is frosted, which prevents people from being able to look inside. Some types of it even come with patterns printed on them, like flowers and vines, so they are quite pretty as well. In the past, people mainly installed this film on their bathroom windows, but that has changed quite a bit and now it’s something that’s used throughout the whole house. It really does protect your privacy.
Install an Automation System A home automation system is a type of home security system. Only instead of just covering your home in cameras and alarm triggers, an automation system makes it easy for you to control your house while you’re away or in cases of chimney fires and other emergency situations. With one of these systems, you can use an app on your smartphone to lock the doors, turn on the lights, and even check your camera feed. This way, if you’re off on vacation or at a conference and want it to seem like someone is home, you can. Burglars are less likely to break in if they know someone is home. It’s a great safety measure.