Just in case you are not convinced that you need to be more vigilant than ever as regards your home security, grab the day’s local daily and scan through it. There is every chance that you will be stared at by a couple of news pieces about burglaries, robberies and thefts in areas not too far from your residence. Truly, the need to be aware of all the home security tips you can lay your hands on has made itself evident in more ways than one.
Not only do you have to watch out from strikes by professional thieves, you also need to secure your home against the infiltration attempts of young burglars and other scoundrels. This article will make you abreast of some really worthwhile home security tips that you can implement at your place and take the first steps towards a life of peace.
Start by making an attempt to step into the shoes of a thief and see all the weak and strong spots that your home has. If you have a home security system installed, this activity will make you aware of any shortcomings of the same.
If your house is not protected by any such automated system, you might realize the need of getting one through this simple yet important exercise. Then, make it a habit to put the locks on the doors and the main gate even if you happen to be leaving the house for a quick walk in the neighborhood park.
Coming back to home security tips pertaining to home security systems; look out for any visible connections at all points of the entrance, as any burglar would try to snap the connections open and will hence already begin damaging the vitality of the house. Have all little bits of wiring hidden properly to avoid this. And to add to this, get all faulty alarms, if any, mended. In case the alarm had been in a habit of going off without any valid reason, inform your neighbors that you had the problem tackled so that they do not ignore the next time it buzzes off with good reasons.
If you are in the process of renovating your home, or purchasing a new one, you have a lot to gain from the investment of some thought in the design of the main entrance of the house. Open, clear and well lit areas around the entrance of the home are hindrances for burglars and the lot. In case your house’s entrance area is dark, waste no time in getting a tube light or bulb fitted in there. Darkness is an irresistible invitation to thieves and burglars.
Trees and thick shrubs in front of the house give a good hiding place to thieves and burglars. Also, a person would have a nice hideout to keep an eye on your house from such an area. Thus, avoid such trees and bushes if you can.
You can also be a little more intelligent when you have your windows and the glass panels designed. Ensure that there isn’t much space between the glass panes and the frame so that burglars have no way to insert something in the gap, slide the glass away and make an entry into the house.
Never leave any pasted notes on the main door of the house. True, you’d be able to convey your message to your family members, but you’d also unwillingly be conveying the message of the home being empty to any unscrupulous elements loitering around your place.
When working out a security plan for you house and learning all relevant home security tips, it is easy to miss out on a vital aspect of the story – your garage. Even if you do not have something precious stored in your garage, you would not want your expensive tools going absent one fine day, courtesy of a smart thief or burglar who noticed that your garage lies unlocked.
Worse still, a burglar may fetch the tools from the garage and use them to gain entry into the house by force!
Automatic home security systems are not uncommon these days, and you would do your family a world of good by investing in one. If, however, you do not want to do so, there is every reason for you to seriously consider having a pet dog at home. Purely from a security point of view, a house with a dog roaming about the entrance is not the most lucrative one for any adventures as far as robbers, burglars and thieves are concerned.
Apart from all these home security tips, you should also keep the little obvious ones in mind, like never keeping locks with lost keys and rusted locks on doors. Do not hand over your house keys to any new servants before you have had ample reasons to believe in their honesty and reliability.
When shifting form one house to another, never fail to have all the locks replaced, as you would have no way of knowing as to how many people in the neighborhood have keys to the old locks!
Also, never leave your number and name on the keys. Though you’d do so to have them returned to you, there could well be an unfortunate case where your keys fall in the hands of a scoundrel who would then have your address as well as the keys to your house!
Last but not the least; have a little peeping hole made in the front door so that you have a glimpse of who’s come in to meet you in the middle of a smoking hot afternoon! Of course, this is assuming that you’ve not had the chance to consider a home security system for your home which would bring images from outdoors right to your TV screens.
Implementation of all these home security tips is definitely going to leave your home a more secure one to live in, and your life a more peaceful one.