Securing your home should be your number one priority: From installing alarms, security gates and subscribing to private security companies, to burglar proofing your windows and doors.
Our friends at LockLatch provide tips on how to increase our homes’ security.
- Burglars often use crowbars to pry open doors from the frame so double check that all your doors fit snugly in their frames.
- French doors can be a big home security risk, even in gated communities. This is because the split door set and glass plates make it very easily kickable. Reinforce French doors for better house security.
- For good ventilation and a more secure pet access point, use a lockable latch to let fresh air in while keeping opportunistic thieves out.
- If you’ve just bought a home, it is worth upgrading the locks. Many people cut corners by buying less expensive, discount locks. Investing money in good-quality looks will make them harder to pick.
- Add security film to your windows to make the glass harder to break and therefore lower the risk of opportunistic theft.
- A great DIY home security tip is to plant thorny bushes and shrubs under windows to protect your home and make it harder for unprepared burglars.
- Windows in the garage can increase your home security risk. If a criminal gains access through the window, they will be able to pull the security release card of the garage door, giving entry to others or his crew. Make sure you have motion detectors and/or security bars over that window.
- Don’t leave any valuables in sight of windows that could catch the eye of a prowler. For those very important documents, consider installing a safe.
- Don’t forget to lock the garage and tool shed. If a thief manages to get onto your property, an unlocked garage or tool shed could give a thief the tools they need to break in.
- Improve home security by keeping entrances lit. Consider installing automatic lights to eliminate dark corners for criminals to hide in.
- Use our securing your vacation home guide before going on holiday.
- No matter how secure your complex or neighbourhood is, always keep your doors locked.
- Use light-timers in the winter months to avoid coming home to a dark property.
- When renting or buying a new property, the first thing to do when taking occupation is to change the locks.
- If you’re parked in your driveway while you pop in and pop out, avoid leaving your garage door opener in the car. A hiding prowler could break in and retrieve it for later use.