Keeping your home protected against burglary doesn’t need to involve expensive and complex systems. The majority of us already have various safety measures in place which go a long way towards making our homes feel more protected. However, burglary is often an opportunistic crime and identifying the seemingly small issues that could put you at risk can have a huge benefit on the overall security of your home. From storing your valuables in a home safe to investing in a monitored alarm system, the following tips are all simple steps that you can take to deter potential thieves and give you peace of mind.
Window locks may seem like an obvious step, but they’re easy to overlook. Ensuring that all of your accessible windows are fitted with locks offers a huge boost to the security of your home, giving would-be burglars fewer points of access. Sometimes though if you have older windows, the locking mechanism may fail. In this case, Art Roofing Contractors recommends looking into installing some new ones. If your locks are visible from outside, this also has the extra benefit of deterring thieves from targeting your home in the first place. Different types of windows require different types of locks, so consider consulting a reputable locksmith for further advice.
Home safes aren’t just for the wealthy; there are many affordable safes on the market and most of us own something of high-value that we wouldn’t want to lose. A home safe allows you to securely store your family heirlooms, jewellery or other valuable items so that they won’t be stolen; you could also invest in a fire-proof safe that will protect them from being lost to fire. If you do keep any valuables at home, home safes are worth considering as, even if your other security measures let you down, your most valuable items will still be protected.
Recent studies have shown that a home fitted with an alarm system is far less likely to be targeted by burglars. It makes sense; no matter what type of alarm you choose, it’s going to severely impair a burglar’s ability to steal without being caught. Many alarms are also visible from the outside, discouraging potential thieves from considering a break-in.
There are various types of alarms, from lower-end bells-only alarms (which, when tripped, simply make a noise to alert anyone in the area) to monitored alarms. Monitored alarms require you to pay a recurring fee, but this means that a company will monitor your alarm for you; they will be alerted if your alarm is tripped and will intervene, calling the police if necessary.
CCTV may not be essential for many households, but if you live in a high-risk area, if you’ve had problems with crime on your property before or if you’re just looking for some extra peace of mind, CCTV can be a practical and affordable option. Basic outdoor cameras are available from around $50 and give you the option of monitoring and recording activity on your property. However, it’s important to bear in mind that privacy laws prohibit you from pointing the camera anywhere other than your own property and that CCTV cameras alone aren’t the best option for protecting your home.
Every homeowner needs to make sure their property is properly protected, and while we’ve looked at a few ideas here, getting a professional security company to come and assess your individual needs will make sure you have the security and peace of mind you’re looking for.