Whether you just purchased a new home, welcomed additions to your home, or you simply want to make sure your family and your valuables are secured, then you’ll want to take the time to do some research into home security. Perhaps you are considering a home security system but want to know what you can do in the meantime to protect your home and family. Here are three home security tips that you can put into practice with or without a home security system.
- Keys/Locks/Doors: Consider changing all of the tumblers and locks in your new home or anytime you have lost your keys. If you have just moved in, there is no way to know for sure if any criminals have managed to break in or swipe an old set of keys before you moved in. If you have lost your keys there is no way to know who has found them. It’s better to be safe and not take a chance that your lost keys are in the wrong hands. Another tip is to check the locking mechanisms on all exterior doors and, if necessary, install new ones.
- Windows: Burglars tend to gain entry through windows instead of doors. This is partly due to the fact that windows often go overlooked in terms of home security. Lock every window, even those that are on higher floors. There are several window locks you can purchase and install yourself should your windows not have locks or any locks are broken. Also, consider installing security glass. Security glass is thicker and will be more difficult for criminals to break or cut through.
- Lights/TV’s/Radios: If you travel a lot or you work the night shifts, consider putting a timer on your lights. Giving the impression that your home is ‘occupied’ will help in deterring criminals from trying to break in. This will also help to keep your schedule ambiguous to the more determined criminals. Consider placing your televisions and your radios on timers as well to add to the illusion of occupancy.
This is by no means a complete list but these tips can help you protect your family, your home, and your belongings. If you have any security system questions or you would like more information please feel free to contact us.