Home security is an incredibly important thing for any family, and knowing that you are doing your best towards it is the least your family should expect. With the knowledge that a country like Canada had a 156,000 reported break-ins in 2013, preparing your home to stop being part of such a statistic becomes even more important. Most break-ins are by petty criminals who are looking for easy money and an easy target, so what can you, as a responsible homeowner do to help protect your family? Here are a few ideas that, though basic, are still worth considering.
Neighborhood Safety Schemes
Talk to your friends and neighbors, and ask them to join in a mutually beneficial alert scheme. If one of you sees something suspicious call the police for your neighbor. This is such a basic idea, and one that works so well; yet it is seldom part of a neighborhood security protocol. Be proactive and get people involved.
Keep the Lights on
Most criminals do not want to be seen, and this is why so many break-ins take place at night. It makes sense to make sure that criminals can be seen around your home. Installing motion sensor activated lighting on your property is a great way to deter break-ins, particularly when linked up to CCTV. Advertising the fact that you have security lighting and the presence of a CCTV camera will have a petty thief scampering to the next house because, let’s face it, he doesn’t want to be seen
Doors and Windows
It is fairly obvious that if nobody can get into your home through a door or window you can have no break-ins. However, complete security is difficult without shutters, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make things difficult. Your windows and doors will already have locks fitted, but put in secondary locking systems to back them up. Deadlocks and padlocks can be fitted to any door or window, and even having something like a mechanized window opening (for examples of this, visit tealproducts.com) will be another barrier that all but the professional thief will want to avoid. Make life difficult for the thief and they will often give up.
Buy a Dog
A trained guard dog is a burglar’s worst nightmare. It is the physical danger that they hate the most, and a well-trained guard dog will capture as well as deter a thief. Not all home owners want the responsibility of a guard dog, in fact, the majority don’t. The simple fact is that any dog is a deterrent to a criminal. A dog inside your home is an early warning system no matter what breed or size, and the sound of a dog barking will often put off all but the most serious criminals.
Security alarms now come in all shapes and sizes, and there will be one to fit most pockets. If you decide to fit one, don’t keep it a secret. Make it visible, and have a sign erected declaring its presence. As with anything to do with security, make sure any supply leads are inaccessible to anybody but yourself and that you check that it is functioning every week. Test the system, and ensure that all of your windows and doors are included in the system. Even the cheapest security system that is working will alert you to a break-in, and unlike a dog, it will not bark at a cat passing your house.
Keeping your home secure from break-ins is not impossible. In most cases all you need is a deterrent, especially as criminals really do not like to have to work at something where they have no idea of the rewards. Good locks and an early warning system are usually enough, but not always. I would recommend buying and fitting the best you can afford, and having multiple layers of security. It may not always be necessary, but, as the saying goes “Better safe than sorry”.