Security is often a concern of many homeowners, and there are many things that you can do to improve this. Below are some ideas to help improve the security in your home that you should maybe consider following.
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Secure Lock & Window Locks
A straightforward way to improve your home security is to upgrade the locks to all your exterior doors and ensure that each window has a lock added to it as well. When you go to sleep at night, ensure that all windows and doors are locked, and make sure you do not leave the keys in the door. A burglar can use a blow torch to make a hole in your door and use the keys to open it, making very little noise.
Install A House Alarm
Another item which can often deter people from trying to burgle your home is the installation of a burglar alarm, like the ones from Verisure’s home alarms UK range. There are many different types available on the market, and you can even have a security firm monitoring your alarm so that if it does go off, they will send a security team to your home to ensure that everything is okay. If this is going to be out of your budget, then you can install a simpler alarm which goes off if a window or door is breached, or movement is detected inside in the monitored areas. If you already own a home or just when you are buying your first home, an alarm system should be your number one priority.
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You can also look to add exterior lighting to your home that is activated with motion using passive infrared sensors. You will want to place these in strategic positions around your house, ensuring that your property is covered with these lights entirely. These lights can be found at most DIY stores and are simple to install. Lights coming on can often deter would-be burglars so are an excellent addition to your home’s defence.
Install Fences And A Gate
You can also surround your property with a fence or a wall and include electric gates. You can activate the gates via remote control when you get to your drive, which means you will not have to get out of the car to open them. These types of gates are also handy if it is raining or cold outside! Obstructions to getting access to a home can often deter burglars and encourage them to move on to an easier target.
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Use Automatic Lights When Travelling
When you are going on holiday, you can also have automatic lights come on and go off to give the impression that someone is at home. You should also refrain from advertising on social media when you are away, as some people may target you because of this. If possible when going away for some time, have a friend or family member come to the house to check on things.
Get A Dog
Another excellent deterrent to prevent burglaries is to have a dog in your home. Many burglars will avoid a house that has pets as these can make a lot of noise and draw attention. You do not even have to get a large dog as small dogs can also make a lot of noise and alert people when something is going on. You also get the added benefit of having an additional loving member of the family who also looks cute!
You can get plenty of more excellent advice on keeping your home secure by checking out various guides available online.