Globally, 2020 is considered as one of the most challenging years. With the ongoing pandemic, lockdown impositions, and protests; homeowners are concerned about the security of their families and homes. Your house is a sanctuary, and guarding it against criminals or other natural tragedies should be your first priority.
Fortunately, the task of keeping your loved ones and your house protected isn’t expensive or difficult. Following these 7 easy ideas will make your home a much safer place to live in.
Install A Security System
Your house should have a security system installed. These days’ security systems are available for varying protection levels that suit your needs and budget. To choose the perfect security system, you should evaluate the security needs of your house.
Do you want to keep burglars or intruders away? Then install security cameras, motion sensors (for windows and doors also), doorknob cameras, etc. If you want protection from unexpected weather changes, fire, and other natural hazards, then install water and smoke detectors.
Use Home Automation
Home automation transforms your house into a smart house. It also gives you scheduled control over lighting, cameras, electronic appliances, door locks, and other safety devices.
Moreover, through home automation, you can schedule your lights to turn on or off while you’re on a vacation or a work trip, see real-time footage of your house, cancel false alarms, and more.
Get A Panic Button
Even if your house is thoroughly secured with a security system, you should still use a panic button. This button, when pressed, alerts the alarm company of an emergency. Upon receiving the signal, the alarm company sends the specific authorities for your assistance.
You may encounter certain incidents that deem you incapable of making a call or explaining your problem. In such situations, a panic button saves your day.
Use A Safe
A safe is a reliable depository to store all your valuables whether it’s jewelry, cash, passports, or other important documents. Using a safe is beneficial in case of fire, floods, or if a burglar manages to enter your house.
With a safe, all your valuables will be protected. Just be sure to buy a safe that’s heavy (so the robber can’t run with it), fireproof, and waterproof. You can install a security camera inside or above the safe for extra security.
Lock Windows And Doors
This is probably the simplest safety tip, but the most forgotten one. Unlocked doors and windows are the easiest entry points for burglars.
Keep them locked, especially at night when you’re sound asleep or when nobody’s at home. But, it’s advised to keep them locked during the day also, considering if a burglar is lurking around, he’ll gain easy access inside your house.
Secure Your Wi-Fi Network
Unsecure network is an easy entry-point for hackers to capture your personal and financial data. Moreover, wireless channels are easy to tap into compared to wired networks.
Thus, be careful about your wireless security, especially if it’s connected to your security system and devices.
A few ways to secure your wireless network are:
Set strong passwords and keep changing them.
Don’t use common network names or hide your network.
Secure the wireless router and keep the firmware updated.
Use anti-malware and firewall services for Wi-Fi.
Enable Wireless Protection Access (WPA).
Eliminate Hiding Places
Your garage, sheds, tall and bushy trees, etc. could become hiding spots for burglars. You must get rid of these hiding places for total safety. Trim down trees that reach up to your windows and roofs.
Always keep ladders and other tools inside the house or in a locked basement and lock the gate, garage, and sheds.
These were a few simple yet smart ways that’ll make your home safe and secure.
I hope you’ve learned a thing or two from this article.