How to improve the security in your home

Burglary has been a nation-wide concern for many years but until now there have never been such good deterrents available to make your home unlikely to be a target for burglars. From hi-tech equipment to extra-strength locks, there are many different products that you can install to help to protect your home from a break-in. Here are some ideas for you to consider implementing:

Security cameras – Security cameras used to be a very expensive luxury that only the richer homeowners could afford but now you can buy reasonably priced security cameras and install them around your home. Just by having a prominently placed camera outside your home can be a big enough deterrent to potential burglars. If you set your cameras up to view coverage online, you can even check up on your home whilst you are away on vacation for extra peace of mind.

Solid doors – The structure of your doors and the type of locks are also a big factor in how easy or hard it is to break into your home. By installing solid external doors such as External Doors you will make your home harder for burglars to get in.

Window locks – Having visible locks installed on your windows will deter burglars who know it will be difficult to pry open the windows before they even start.

Double glazing – Single pane glass is too easy for burglars to smash through, so installing double glazing in your home will be much more effective in stopping burglars. It will also help to keep your house a lot warmer so the initial expense can be balanced out with reduced heating bills over time.

Automated lighting – Both indoor lighting with time settings to come on at a certain time and outdoor motion sensing lighting can work wonders to scare burglars off. Be careful to change the times and rooms that you set up timers up for, as if burglars are scoping out the area, they will know when timers have been set up for a certain time and room. Apps that can control your lighting are a great new way to switch your lighting on without having to stick to timings that are easy for a burglar to catch on to.

Neighbours – Wherever you live, you should always try and make friends with your neighbours, if only to help each other out when you go away. By talking to your neighbours on a regular basis, they will know when you are away from home or whether something suspicious needs to be acted upon. You could also look into various services that know how to protect vacant properties for when you go on vacation.

Protecting your home is unfortunately an essential part of life these days, so make sure that your home doesn’t become an addition to the crime statistics. Not all burglar deterrents have to be expensive, so spend some time making security improvements to your home, so that you and your family can feel safer.

Alec Neufeld is a retired builder, now freelance writer and part-time general fix it man. He has strong opinions on the use of alternate energy and is also an avid sports enthusiast.

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