Your home should be a place where you and your family feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, in Australia, a burglary occurs every 3 minutes. As a result, you need to be proactive in protecting what matters most. Here are some simple home security hacks to improve the safety of your home.
1. Install security cameras
Security cameras are the most proactive solution for home security there is. They act as both a deterrent by being visible throughout your property, and an identifier by allowing you to review footage and pick out the intruders.
Many cameras can also be controlled remotely, so you can check on your home no matter where you are in the world.
2. Be sneaky with your spare key
You may think your spare key is well hidden, but burglars have an intuition for finding them especially since many people leave them in the stereotypical. Instead of hiding your key, it’s best to replace your keys with a keyless door lock that works with a home automation system.
3. Invest in a new door
Your door must be strong and sturdy as it’s the main entry point into your home. If it looks anything but, your home may become a target for burglars who know they can gain access. Instead of a standard wooden door, consider investing in a steel core door or a security door.
4. Hide valuables
Would-be burglars don’t like to spend a long time on your property. They like homes where all their valuables are visible. By hiding your prized possessions in difficult-to-find areas, it forces them to take the risk of being caught. Ensure that jewelry, cash, electronic devices, and other valuables are safely away from view.
5. Be proactive
By keeping doors and windows (and any other pain of entry into the home) locked at all times (even when you’re in), you’ll be taking a proactive approach to security, ensuring that your home is less of a target.
Speaking of which, if you’re going away for an extended period, remember to cancel any regular deliveries and arrange for someone to collect your post so the house appears lived in.
6. Fortify your yard & garage
Although you’ll undoubtedly be focused on securing the inside of your home, you should also make every possible attempt to fortify your garage. It’s more than likely that your garage is home to a host of expensive tools, including a number of tools that could help an intruder break into your home. So as a rule of thumb; never leave the garage door open to allow people to see what’s inside, install motion sensors above the garage and ensure that the door has deadbolts on to keep everything safe and secure.
7. Make it appear you’re home
As previously mentioned in our automatic lighting entry, lights can decrease the likelihood of a break-in by illuminating both the interior and exterior of your home. Interior lighting creates the illusion of occupancy. Exterior lighting removes hiding places from burglars and enables a better line of sight.
9. Download a crime-tracking app
Once you’ve covered all the other bases, downloading a crime-tracking app is the next step. These apps will bring you up-to-date on the crime taking place in and around your neighbourhood. With this knowledge, you can take additional precautions to keep your belongings and family safe. Thanks to technology, crime stats are right at your fingertips.
If you enjoyed these home security hacks and would like to learn more about how to safeguard your home this year, please feel free to contact us.