One of the best ways to secure your home from intruders is by installing a professional security system. You can contact various security companies and law enforcement groups to come out and evaluate your home to see how secure it is. They will point out risky areas and weak spots that could be potential threats to your home. It is essential to install a top-quality alarm system in your home, and choose one that will automatically connect to the security company. This way, a third-party is available to phone the police in case you are really in danger. The alarm company will try to get in touch with you immediately after something is triggered inside the home.
Thinking Like a Thief – One of the best ways to prevent something from happening is to predict. Every now and then, take a walk throughout your home and property. Try to think like a thief. If you are a thief wanting to break into a home, what would you take advantage of that you can see? Can you tell if there are people inside your home? A thief would probably notice a garbage can sitting at the end of the driveway empty on a day that is not trash day. This could trigger the burglar that no one is at home. Things like having no lights on in the house or all the blinds and drapes being shut for days might trigger a burglar to think no one is at home. This gives a burglar confidence to attempt a break-in.
Using Thief Deterrents – Another great way to protect your home is by using some thief deterrents. Think about a dog for protection. Find one that barks loud that you can keep in your backyard. A thief sees this as a menace to have to face. If you do not want a dog, you can still use a “Beware of the Dog” sign in the yard. You can go as far as having a recording of a loud dog barking in the background for added security. A home alarm with bright, flashing lights is usually enough to scare a thief and have him running away.
Securing Doors and Windows – Getting in the habit of locking your doors and windows is a fairly simple way to protect your home. Investing in some good deadbolts and stroke plates for doors is a good idea. Using eye bolts on the windows will keep a thief from forcing them open. If you really want to keep your windows protected, investing in glass block windows is well worth the money. These cannot be broken through. They are not the most aesthetically pleasing windows, but they are a guarantee for security. You could use these in places that are not very visible, such as the basement windows or back windows of your home.
Inventory Your Goods – When you protect your home, you protect yourself and the items inside your home. Always have a good inventory of the valuables you possess in your home. This way, if a thief ever does break-in, you will know what is missing and can provide the policy a list of stolen items. This will help them retrieve your stolen items as well. Using a video camera to have a visual of your goods in each room is a great idea. If you are broken into, you can review the video after a burglary to see what is missing.
Safes and Vaults – It is always a good idea to have a safe or some type of secured vault for items that are precious to you. Lock these up with a locking device or code so that they are safe. Secure any ammunition, firearms, family jewelry and irreplaceable documents in a locked safe so that a burglar can never retrieve those items. The last thing you need is a burglar breaking into your home and retrieving your firearms.
Take some of the steps above to make sure that your home is as safe as possible.
About the Author
Article provided by Liesl H., a wrier working with Tuppers Team, a real estate agency in Evergreen.