10 Simple Home Security Tips
Burglars often seek out the easiest targets, and will move on if the job appears too difficult. For this reason, simple deterrents and adjustments to your daily lifestyle can have a large impact on your home’s security.
In this post, we outlined 10 simple tips to better protect your home from intrusion.
Home Security Tips to Safeguard Your Home
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you go to bed or leave your home (even if you're only going to be gone a short while). Remotely control your locks with a smartphone or computer, if you forget prior to leaving.
- Install a home security system, and activate it. There are numerous solutions available; a security specialist can help you select one that meets your unique needs and lifestyle. Once installed, remember to arm your system when leaving your home or settling in for the night.
- Ensure your locks are secure. Perform regular maintenance to keep them up-to-par and functioning properly. We recommend deadbolt locks on all outside doors, and special locks on sliding glass doors, as they are especially vulnerable.
- Make your home look occupied even when you're not there. Leave lights on when you go out, or use an energy management solution to turn them on and off remotely. Strive for a natural frequency, across multiple rooms, as opposed to placing only one light on a timer.
- Landscape smart. Burglars often rely on trees and shrubbery as hiding places. Keep your yard well-trimmed or opt for a more open space—especially around windows. Also, if you're going to be away for a while, hire someone to keep your yard maintained and lawn mowed.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked. Also, park your car inside your garage, as opposed to in the driveway. This makes it harder to track your patterns and coming-and-goings.
- Keep your yard well lit. Schedule your outdoor lights to be on in the evening, regardless of whether someone is home, to deter burglars. In addition, eliminate dark hiding places with motion-sensitive lights or floodlights.
- Don't let mail build up. If you're going away, have the Post Office hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to remove it regularly.
- Safeguard outside wiring. It's common for burglars to cut electricity and phone lines in an attempt to disarm home security systems. Keep cables secured or in an area that is hard to reach, or consider a cellular monitoring system that doesn't require wires.
- Change your locks if you lose your keys, move into a new home or have a new living situation. You don't know whom previous owners or roommates gave copies of keys to, so it's best to be safe.
What Home Security Tips Would You Add?
How do you protect your home from break-ins? Share your home security tips in the comments section below.