Making sure your home is secure seems a huge task. It does not have to be difficult or expensive. Using the tips mentioned below will help you begin.
Always keep your home locked tight. Most burglars do not have to try very hard to get into the homes they get into. They usually walk in through an open door or window. By making sure your home is locked, even when away for short periods, you are keeping your house safe.
To avoid being accidentally locked out of their own home, some people like to hide a key to their house in various outside places, such as under a flower pot, under the welcome mat or inside a fake rock in their landscaping. If you are guilty of this behavior, stop immediately! Numerous home invasions occur because the intruder searched for a hidden key and found it. It will be less costly to call a locksmith than it is to replace your stolen valuables.
If you have a stranger at your door, do not open it. Burglars have many clever ways to convince householders to open the door. Make it a rule in your home that you only open your door to people who you were expecting.
Install outside lighting to deter intruders, especially if you live on a dark street or a rural area. To save electricity and enhance the surprise factor, install motion detecting light fixtures that only activate when there is activity. Mount these fixtures, using bright lights, at entrances and other potential points of unauthorized entry.
Each of your exterior doors needs to have a solid lock installed, which means a deadbolt. If there is an existing deadbolt on the door, check to be sure it is at least one inch long. If not, you should be able to replace the lock yourself. Simply go to a hardware store and shop around.
Be certain your wires are hidden, if you have installed a security system in your home. An intruder can easily disable your security system by cutting the wires. Do not make entry into your home easy. Make sure the wires are not exposed either inside or outside your home. Your system will be far more effective this way.
If you have to leave home for an extended period of time, do things to make the home look occupied. Put lights on timers so that they turn on in the evening and off at bedtime. Do the same with the television or radio to really make your home appear lived in.
Don’t rely on just a spring lock. Spring locks can easily be broken, sometimes just using a credit card. These locks are just too vulnerable. Have a deadbolt lock installed instead, which is much harder for an intruder to get around. Make sure there is no way a burglar can saw the deadbolt, though.
Armed with the tips presented here, you are ready to make your home safe and secure. Make some changes today. Soon your home will make you feel safe no matter what hour it is. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is relaxing.