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Keeping abreast with the current home security best practices, and taking the right steps to secure your home is important, especially these days of smart thieves who constantly come up with new ways to burglarise homes and steal properties.
There are dozens of things you can do to make your house safer than it already is, and this article will be looking at a few of them.
1. Install a home security system
A home security system is one of the best investments you can make in your home. When you install a home security system, you are effectively making it impossible for intruders to break into your house and steal your valuables. Even if they do manage to break in, a good home security system will capture and record their faces, making it easy for law enforcement to catch up with them. This way, not only will you get back your valuables, but the intruders will be put in prison, where they will not be able to hurt someone else.
A home security system which can be a house alarm, security cameras, smart lock, or a combination of all three (plus many more features) have been known to discourage even the most determined burglar.
If you invest in a reliable system, it will detect suspicious movements around your house; trigger an alarm, alert local law enforcement, and keep a record of any activity that happens. This is the ultimate first line of defence against potential burglars.
But securing your house against intruders is not all a home security system is good for. In fact, this nifty equipment also does a good job of keeping your house safe. For example, a reliable home security system comes with smoke and fire detection. This monitors your house for fire threats, carbon dioxide, and a wide range of fire related risks. It is one of the best ways you can ensure fire safety in your house and office.
2. Fit secure locks
The front door and side windows are two places burglars first check when looking for access into a house. In fact, a high number of burglaries happen because intruders were either lucky enough to find an unsecured front door, or were able to circumvent the security of the front door. This is why you should seriously consider changing the lock and keys of your house.
Consider using deadbolts on every exterior door and strong internal latches on accessible windows. If you can afford them, you should also consider installing smart locks on your doors. These smart locks are electronic devices that cannot be opened without a password, pin, or card.
Remember though that door locks are only as strong as the door and door frame, so if your exterior doors are made of weak materials, or if your door frames are weak, you should consider changing them. No matter how effective your door locks are, if a door can be broken down, your house can be broken into easily.
3. Consider neighbourhood watches
When it comes to keeping your home safe and secure, security consciousness plays a huge role. If you live in a neighbourhood, setting up a neighbourhood watch will complement your individual security measures.
This is particularly important if you live in a burglary prone neighbourhood. Neighbourhood watch members can keep an eye out for strange and suspicious faces, stop burglaries in progress and report suspicious activities to law enforcement.
If your neighbourhood is especially dangerous, the watch can apply for permits from the relevant authorities so that qualified members can carry security devices and arms (under supervision of trained people). This will go a long way in serving as a deterrent to even the most determined burglar.
Another idea is for the neighbourhood to invest in street surveillance equipment like CCTV. Make sure these cameras are of good quality and placed where they can easily capture movement.
4. Create climbing barriers
Do you know that while your fence can serve as a small deterrent to burglars, they can also be climbed to access unsecure windows in your house, especially if you live in a storied building.
If you have a fence surrounding your house, make it difficult for people to climb over by removing hand and foot holds, and topping it with a barbed wire, or other wall scaling deterrent. At the same time, you should seriously consider cutting down or pruning to the smallest size shrubberies, ornamental trees, and any other natural element that can help an intruder climb into your house.
Making your home as secure and safe as possible should be on top of your list of priorities. Hopefully, the ideas contained in the article will serve as a foundation to help you get started.