Most home burglaries are the work of opportunistic amateurs rather than seasoned professionals, and they are therefore far more likely to be deterred or thwarted by a quality security system.
You can also step up your home security by taking a few extra precautions which are really simple and easy to do.
Here are some tried and tested tips that will help you beef up your home security and help protect your assets and your loved ones:
- Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. Look at your property with a critical eye and search for weak spots. Do you have sufficient lighting at night? Are your windows lockable? How effective are the locks on your entry doors? Would you be vulnerable through a balcony door if a burglar had a ladder? Are there lots of dark corners and overgrown shrubs where a burglar could hide? These are just some of the things you should be looking out for – and sorting out without delay.
- Install deadbolts on your entry doors. Unlike conventional spring-latch locks, these are virtually impossible to open and therefore provide an extremely high level of protection.
- If you are going away, ask a neighbour to empty your mail box and put out your waste bins to give the impression that the property is occupied. Consider installing a light on a timer switch (for an internal and exterior light) as an added safety measure.
- Lost keys = a complete change of locks. No quibbles.
- Establish the credentials of any visitor or tradesperson who visits your home before you open the door and do thorough reference checks before entrusting cleaners etc with your house keys.
- A dog that barks when a stranger approaches is an effective deterrent to would-be criminals because they don’t want attention drawn to them.
- If your wooden window frames are old and perished, consider replacing them with strong aluminium ones which are much harder to pry open.
- A glass-fronted exterior door looks attractive, but it’s also attractive to burglars. They can simply break the glass to reach the doorknob or latch, so make sure your glass is fortified and your door locked with a deadbolt.
- Your garage door can be a vulnerable access point for thieves, so take extra steps to secure your roller door and lock it at night and when you are away.
- If possible, protect your valuables in a fireproof safe deposit box that is too heavy to be lifted up and carried away. Otherwise, choose unusual hiding places for your jewellery and other important items (making sure you remember where they are!)
- A well-lit property is a deterrent to thieves, so you should consider automated lights and motion-activated ones to improve your security at home.
- Keep your home locked – even if you’re only popping out to the neighbours for a short while. Most burglars are opportunistic and will capitalise on the ‘open’ invitation of an unlocked door.
- Make sure the wiring of your home alarm is well concealed so that a burglar isn’t able to cut the power and disarm the system.
Your main aim should be to deter would-be criminals from targeting your home. Your security measures should make a potential break-in as difficult and as time-consuming as possible so that burglars abandon your home and move on to a softer target.
Obviously though, your number one asset when it comes to home security is a quality home alarm system and with crime levels on the increase, it’s a must for every property. Whether it’s a simple home alarm system, wireless circuit security cameras, access control, intercom systems or a fully integrated and automated solution, there are many different options available for keeping safe which suit every need and budget.
For more security tips and advice on how to secure your home, get in touch with our friendly team at Crown Security. We are a leading provider of home security systems in Perth, including home alarm systems, security cameras Perth, intercom systems and residential access control and our experts would be delighted to help you with your home security needs. Get in touch today on 08 9400 6000.
- Posted by admin
- On 26/03/2019