You can never take your security, or that of your family and property, too seriously. While we would all like to live in a world where we could leave our doors and windows unlocked while we went about our days, the sad truth is that such a world simply doesn’t exist. Complacency around our home security is something that we can ill afford.
The good news is that there is now a plethora of low cost, yet effective, security systems available that will dramatically reduce your chances of being burgled by making your home harder to break into.They will also deter burglars who do make it inside by sounding an alarm, causing them to leave before they can inflict any serious damage or get their hands on a significant amount of your property.
Upgrading your standard door lock to one that is more resilient to being forced or picked is one of the simplest and most effective steps you can take in order to make your home more secure. A popular choice for increased security is a two-cylinder deadlock. A good lock system will also have a ‘dead latch’ preventing the old-fashioned method of using a credit card or blade to gain entry.
Sliding doors are the preferred entry point for many burglars and they are the place that the most experienced and professional burglars will target. Try to find quality security screen doors to protect your home and you will instantly greatly reduce the chances of a burglar gaining entry to your property.
An astute burglar will be looking for signs of lax security, an open window that is visible from the street is a sure sign that the homeowner is not hugely security conscious. It is essential that you ensure all the ground floor windows in your home are securely shut.
For added security you can add a security grill or screen, or even some bars if you want to be extra safe.
Lighting can be used to great effect as a deterrent for burglars, but it is commonly overlooked in favor of more obvious options. Burglars are far less like to target homes if they believe that the occupant might be present, they will look for tell-tale signs such as cars not being in the driveway or the lights all being out.
Now leaving your lights on all day and night is excessive, and can get expensive, however by being smart with the lighting that you use, you can do a great deal to prevent burglars from ever viewing your house as a target. Exterior lighting that is triggered by motion sensors is another effective way of making a potential burglar think twice before targeting your property.
Good home security needn’t cost a fortune, in fact some of the most effective measures that you can take to protect your home, things like ensuring that windows are closed and doors are locked, don’t cost anything at all.