Feeling safe at home is one of the highest priorities for any family. No one wants to worry about break-ins and home invasions that threaten our safety. We want that warm bed, cozy living room, and the sanctuary of our kitchens. We want to know that the things we have worked hard to purchase will stay there. So how do we make sure that our home is as safe as can be?
Ensure the Lights Stay Bright
Motion detectors that turn on outside lights and dimmers that make your living room lights come on at certain times of the day are just two ways you can ramp up your security. They are excellent at deterring would-be thieves when a random light comes on and exposes them prowling around outside. Or creates the illusion that someone is home when no one is. Most burglars do not want to break in when someone is home and they certainly do not want to be seen! If you already have these measures in place, be sure to have routine lighting services on the equipment so that it is always in top working order.
Doors Should be Locked Tight
For many folks, the doors are one of their favorite parts of the home. It’s the one place everyone comes through and so they want beautiful doors to lead the way into their beautiful abode. There should be some precaution as to the style of the door. As welcoming and beautiful as glass doors are, you should get rid of them. A strong steel door in your favorite color can be just as welcoming and beautiful without the fear of someone busting through. Make sure you have the toughest locks you can find and consider purchasing a door jammer to reinforce the door.
Reinforce Your Windows
Windows are one of the easiest ways to get into the home and technology is helping provide us with some safety measures. Of course, you cannot get rid of windows, we need windows to welcome in the warmth of the sun and watch the steady rain. It is wiser to make sure all windows are made with polycarbonate or plexiglass. Plexiglass is one of the more affordable options and is made of acrylic. They have the same thickness as traditional glass and yet are 10 times stronger. Polycarbonate is more expensive but has the same thickness as regular glass and is 250 times stronger. Some insurance companies are now offering discounts if your windows are made with plexiglass or polycarbonate. So the expense pays for itself when you take safety measures and get a discount on insurance.
Make Your Home Less Attractive
Of course, your home is beautiful and we want you to keep it this way. Your neighborhood thief isn’t marveling at how you decorated your breezeway or even paying attention to the peonies that line your walkway. They are taking note of your habits and surroundings. They want to know if they can get in and out without being seen and with your stuff. So here are a couple of suggestions:
- When purchasing new electronics, destroy the box so the brand is unrecognizable
- Avoid privacy fences and tall shrubs around the house (it makes it easier!)
- Secure all pet doors
- Buy a big dog
Whether you need to update your outdoor lighting or replace your old windows, any little change you can make will help. You don’t have to make a bunch of changes all at once, do them one at a time as you can.