5 Steps to Make Your Home more Secure
Home security is a common concern among homeowners, and there is good reason for this. While some may be concerned about financial loss and property damage related to theft, vandalism and more, many are also highly concerned about personal safety and well-being of themselves and their loved ones. There are a number of common home security weaknesses that can make your home more of a target than other homes in your area. By learning more about these weaknesses and steps that you can take to improve them, you can enhance the security level of your property.
- Light Up Dark Areas
When criminals look for a home to break into, they often seek out homes that are darker and steer away from homes that are well-lit. This is because criminals often need at least a minute or two to break into the home, and they do not want to be seen by passersby. Darkness conceals them well. A smart idea is to view your home as it typically is at night. Consider how dark the patio or porch area is well as how the darkness conceals areas around various windows, the garage door and the front door. Investing in landscaping lights, adding a motion-activated light near the garage and front porch and keeping decorative exterior lights on throughout the evening can be beneficial. This is also beneficial for house owners who use a camera security system. IP security cameras are low cost, and when combined with lit up house areas can be a powerful defense against any intruders.
- Trim Back Bushes and Trees
Just as darkness can conceal intruders as they are trying to break into your home, vegetation can also do the same thing. Many homes have overgrown bushes and trees that partially or mostly block at least some of the windows, and some of these features may also conceal the view of the front door from the street or sidewalk. These should be trimmed back or even replaced altogether with a smaller type of bush so that the windows and doorways are clearly visible from the street.
- Keep the Yard Well-Maintained
Criminals also often look for homes that appear to be vacant. While it may be obvious that someone lives in the home if cars come and go from the driveway from time to time, a yard that is not well-maintained can give the impression that the homeowners are away on a trip or may be gone for long hours during the day or night. If you keep your yard well-maintained with trimming, edging, mulching and more, it will make your property look more occupied and lived in, and this can help to deter criminal activity.
- Make the Home Appear Occupied When You Are Gone
There will be times when most homeowners will be gone from the home for several days or longer. When you are planning to travel, it is important to make your home appear to be occupied. You can park one of your vehicles in the driveway or ask a neighbor to park one of their vehicles in your driveway while you are gone. You can also pay for landscaping and lawn care service and ask a friend to pick up your newspaper and mail while you are gone. Finally, invest in timers for your television and a few lights upstairs and downstairs. A great idea is to have the downstairs lights flip off around the same time the upstairs lights turn on, and this can give the indication of movement from anyone who is watching the home.
- Show Signs of a Dog
Many criminals will also shy away from a house with a dog. There are a few steps that you can take to indicate that you have a dog on the premises. For example, you may invest in a front door mat with paw prints on it or place a “Beware of Dog” sign on your fence. If you actually do have a dog, it may be best to keep the dog indoors rather than in the backyard while you are away from home.
While some will also invest in a home security system, you can see that these are relatively simple and affordable steps that you can take to improve home security. If you are not currently doing all of these, consider implementing them soon.
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Lee Ying has over 10 years experience in the tech and security industry. He currently writes for various websites, if you would like to contact him you can find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/lee-ying/9a/18b/238. Follow me on Twitter @LeeYing101