Home Security Tips You Don’t Want to Overlook

Your home is supposed to be a place of safety. It is where you and your family should be able to turn for protection from the outside world. Most homeowners are aware of the basic home security measures including locking windows and doors, installing smoke detectors, and investing in a home security system to deter burglars. Though these are all great ways to keep your family safe from crime, there are a lot of vulnerabilities that still need to be considered. If your objective is to safeguard the people and things you love most, here are some security tips you don’t want to take for granted.

Fencing in Your Fortress

Sometimes the best way to keep criminals off your property is to make it difficult for them to access it. Outside of having locked windows and doors, homeowners might consider a concrete fence system as an additional layer of protection. Made with durable materials and in various styles, concrete fences are tough to break into. Fences are also great for privacy and can make it safer for your children to play outdoors.

Secure the Pet Door

Do you have a special door for your pets to enter the home? Even if you believe the hole isn’t large enough for an adult to wiggle through, burglars can easily stick their arm in and access the lock to your door. To keep it secure, it is recommended that you invest in a lock and make sure that it is closed every time you leave the house. Another option would be to invest in a dog door system with infrared sensors that are linked to your pet’s collar. This way, the door will only allow your pet to enter the home.

Be Mindful of Trees

Do you have a lot of trees surrounding your property? Well, as great as they are for shade, they can also be an access point for burglars to get into your house. Trees that are located near windows or upstairs balconies can easily be climbed making it easy for intruders to break into the home. Consider cutting limbs closest to your windows so that they can’t easily get in.

Keep Valuables Out of Sight

If you have electronics and other valuables that would be enticing to thieves, it is important that you keep them out of sight. Often, homeowners will plant large television sets or computers on a wall near a window. If these things can easily be seen from the outside, it makes your home a target.

Keep Yard and Home Improvement Tools Secure

Yard and home improvement tools are frequently found in the backyard or surrounding the property. Leaving these things exposed gives burglars the tools they need to enter your property. Hammers, screwdrivers, and other tools can be used to bust down doors and windows while ladders can be climbed to gain access through a second-floor window. Keep your tools locked in a shed in bring them in the house.

Tend to the Shrubs

Again, trees and shrubs are great for aesthetic appeal and shade, but they are the perfect hiding places for suspicious characters. Make sure that you keep up with your lawn and keep trees and shrubs trimmed so that people aren’t able to hide behind them.

Watch Your Wi-Fi

Criminals can gain access to your home and personal information without ever having to be physically there. Now that the internet has become very popular, there are other threats you need to be mindful of. Be sure that your wi-fi connections are on a secure line. If it is an open network, thieves can easily tap into your connection and steal personal information. If you have a smart home or security cameras that are linked to your internet connection, they can easily access those without your knowledge as well.

If you really want to keep your family and home safe, it requires you to first identify the potential threats and vulnerabilities and eliminate those risks. A home security system, locked doors, and teaching your kids about stranger danger are a great start. However, if you really want peace of mind, you should also take the above-mentioned tips into consideration. There’s no such thing as going overboard when the health and safety of those you love are on the line.

About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
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