Our homes are fortresses of solitude and safety. They are our asylums.
However, most criminals have no problem violating the sanctity of our homes. If given the right opportunity, they will enter our homes, rob us, or even harm us.
While it may not happen in your lifetime, there will always be a risk of being confronted with intruders or coming home to find your home burglarized.
However, there are ways to decrease the odds of ever experiencing such an event. There are ways to secure your home in a way that deters people will ill intentions from ever coming near it.
Keep reading for our top five tips on how to make your home as secure as possible!
Tips for a Secure Home
There hundreds of things you can do to make your home more secure. However, we’ve narrowed it down to the five we find most important. If the safety and sanctity of your home are important to you, these items are a must!
1. Install a Security System
First and foremost, your home needs a security system. This not only deters most burglars, but it also alerts police to any suspicious activity. This can literally be a life-saver in a worst-case scenario.
Your security system can be as basic or as top-of-the-line as you want. We recommend alarms on the doors and windows, cameras at the front and back of the house, and motion-activated floodlights at a minimum.
2. Always Appear Home
Next, realize that an occupied home is often a secure home in the eyes of criminals. Most burglars don’t want a confrontation. Why would they?
Therefore, if you can make it appear as though someone is always home, your home will be less likely to be targeted. You can achieve this by leaving on a few lights, the television, or by keeping a car parked in plain sight.
This is especially important when you go on vacation. We recommend having a friend or relative house sit for you if you’re going to be gone for more than a few days.
3. Keep the Doors and Windows Locked
To keep your home secure when empty or occupied, it’s a good habit to keep all of the doors and windows locked.
Windows on the ground floor are obviously more of a danger than higher windows. However, burglars have been known to target higher windows for this very reason. We recommend keeping all windows locked.
4. Install a Quality Fence and Gates
Another great way to keep your home secure is by putting up a tall fence with secure gates. Most burglars see fences as an extra hurdle to cross (both literally and figuratively).
You don’t need to make your yard look like a fortress, but we suggest using more than just a small chainlink fence. You can even get creative with various forms of materials, a sliding gate, and more. The key is giving your home an extra layer of security.
5. Maximize Landscape Visibility
Lastly, you want to remove any opportunity for a burglar or criminal to hide on your property. Maximizing your visibility throughout your landscape is essential for a secure home.
This includes plenty of lighting and removal of major hiding places.
Don’t Take Any Risks
Once your home has been broken into, it feels different. You lose that feeling of safety and security. Whether you were there for the intrusion or not, once it happens, you will always feel a little vulnerable, even violated.
Instead, start taking steps today to make your home as secure as possible!
For more tips on taking care of your home and family, take a look through some of our other articles!