If we are honest with ourselves, our homes will often be the most expensive thing we invest in. Whether you are paying a big rental payment each month, or you have a large mortgage against your property under your name, your home is where you will spend the most of your money each month, so you will want to protect it. However, many people will agree that perhaps their homes are not as secure or safe as they would like them to be. Burglary is on the rise, and opportunists are entering more homes than ever. Stealing possessions and causing mayhem. It is one of the most unnerving things to go through. So don’t tempt fate. Now would be the idea time to start thinking about the security of your property, from your home to the buildings you have and the general access to your grounds. Here are some of the options you should be considering.
Video and CCTV
One of the best options you could consider would be to install cameras around your home. This can be one of the easiest ways to deter someone from even attempting to enter property, through fear of being caught online. There are some great things you could consider, and CCTV installation services are much easier to organise than you might think. There are so many different types of camera equipment you could consider. Basic ones may just give you a recorded feed inside your home, whereas others may be able to transmit live to smartphone applications so that you can always be aware of what is going on at your home. It might be a costly investment, but it is definitely one to consider for the future.
Alarm systems can also be a saving grace for homeowners. They are a box that sits right in front of your home. You can have warnings on windows or on doors and gates. Traditionally, if someone tries to enter your home a loud siren will raise the alarm, so to speak, and that will then notify people that something is wrong with your property. These days alarm systems can now be programmed to your local authority and police departments. They can ring your phone and notify you, let others know such as family and friends, and be enough to deter any opportunists away from your property.
Getting a dog
Would you believe that getting a frog can actually be a great deterrent of burglars and be great protection for your home? But the truth is, not everyone is a dog lover, so it can work well as a safety tip for your home. Dogs are notoriously protective, and they guard their territory. They will bark even if there is a knock at the door and you are expecting it. They will sniff out the people who enter and deem whether or not this is someone that you, their owner, is comfortable with. A dog at home when you are not there could raise the alarm by barking when there are noises or other issues such as someone breaking and entering. This will notify people and have burglars fleeing the scene, or even avoiding your home altogether.
The fencing around your home
If you can, don’t make it easy to enter your property. A great tip is to use fences around your home. This gives you an element of privacy and stops prying eyes looking in and seeing what your home has to offer. It is also a deterrent as people would see this house as a property that cannot be easily escaped, should they be disturbed. It may not look the best, but decent fences around your home can be an easy way to protect it.
Gates on driveways and paths
Not everyone has the option of pouting gates on their driveways, but if you can, why wouldn’t you? Just like fences, this is an easy to stop people in their tracks. They are less like to enter as there is no easy means of escape. It gives you privacy, which again means that people are less likely to look into your home and wonder what is worth taking. It avoids your home being a target. The same should be applied to pathways to your door. If you can have a gate there then do.
Extra locks on windows and doors
One of the obvious ways of entering your property is either through the windows or the doors. On your door, they can pick the lock or band their way through. However, if you have extra locks on the doors, either high up or low down, then this can make it difficult to penetrate the door. If you are inside, extra security from the inside could also be helpful to avoid anyone trying to enter while you are in the house. Windows are a little more trickier, they can have locks on them, which of course will stop people, but there is no stopping someone smashing the glass. However, double or triple glazing windows are harder to penetrate and break into, so it may be worth considering that.
It isn’t just ours main homes that are at risk. If you have a shed in your garden, a garage, or an external access to a cellar or basement level, then this too could be a target for opportunists. Make sure to add extra locks, padlocks and chains to try and avoid the locks and doors being broken into. Many people keep expensive things in their garages and sheds, such as tools or garden furniture, so they will always be a risk to you if you don’t keep them locked up.
Finally, have you considered setting up or being part of a local neighbourhood watch? This is a great way for everyone to look out for one another, especially when people taste holidays or are away for a few nights. A neighbourhood watch means that people will be on lookout during certain times of the day or night, which helps you to feel safe and more protected in your home.
Let’s hope these options help you to secure your property in the future.