As we quickly approach the holiday season, unfortunately the amount of break-ins can increase. While it’s smart to ensure your house is safe and secure all year round, this time of year can act as a reminder to take a moment and walk around the interior and exterior perimeter of your home looking for potential problem spots.
Here we will take a look at a number of ways you can ensure you’ve done everything possible to secure your home and its belongings, so you don’t have to worry about any potential break-ins during the holidays or any time of the year.
1. Examine Locks for All Exterior Doors
A great place to start is by examining all the locks on the exterior doors. This includes your front door, sliding doors, side doors, and the garage door. Any point of entry through a door should get the once over. Be sure to look if the locks are damaged, aren’t working properly, getting rusty, or just don’t seem as secure.
If you do need to replace the locks, you can always call in a professional locksmith to have it done. Many of them are available 24/7 so even if it’s a weekend that you want them to come in and install the new lock, they can.
2. Check All Windows
Along with the doors you’ll need to check all the windows, mainly on the ground floor of your home. A window can act as a point of entry for a potential thief, so it’s wise to ensure they all have locking mechanisms on them. Again, you are searching for damage and wear on the existing locks, windows, and frames.
3. Install a Home Alarm System
One of the biggest steps you can take towards securing your home is to install a home alarm system. With so many to choose from on the market today, you can really mix and match and find the package, services, features, and price plan that works for your specific needs. You can opt for something high tech that is controlled remotely through an app you can install on your phone, or you can go for something more basic that needs to be armed and disarmed by a control panel in the house.
4. Make Sure Pathways and Walkways Leading to the Door are Well Lit
Another tip is to make sure that all the pathways and walkways that lead to the doors in your home are well-lit. If the points of entry to your home are dark, you are making it really easy for a potential burglar to slip in unnoticed. These are the exact kind of homes and conditions they look for.
You may want to consider installing motion-detector lights as they will come on whenever they sense motion. This can be enough to scare someone off right there.
5. Cut Back Overgrown Bushes and Trees
Along the same lines of making sure there is a clear view of sight, you want to be sure your bushes, trees, and gardens aren’t so overgrown that they provide cover for potential intruders. Keeping your garden well-maintained is a good plan. As well if there are any large trees or bushes near the house, make sure the branches don’t conveniently lead to any windows on the second floor.
6. Helping You to Feel More Secure in Your Home
Each of these tips will allow you to secure your home which will make you feel safer and more at ease both when you are at home and not home. Of course it’s also important to train everyone in the household to get into the habit of being watchful, locking doors, and making sure to leave lights on outside once it gets dark.