According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2014 alone over 1.7 million home burglaries occurred, with losses totaling over $3 billion. Protecting your home and personal belongings from burglars and other criminals is vital, and there are a number of things that you can do to keep unwanted trespassers away. Whether you’ve recently been victim of a burglary and want to beef up your security or simply want to ensure that you’re taking as many preventative measures as you can to keep your home safe and secure, we’ve put together some tips to help you protect your home.
Improve Your Door Security
The area where the deadbolt lock goes into the doorjamb is the weakest and most vulnerable area of a door. One well-placed, powerful kick to that part of the door can break the door frame or the stick plate, making it easy for a burglar to kick in the door and gain entry to your home. Some strike plates are installed with only inch-long screws, which don’t offer much protection. Remove one of your screws to check the length, and if they’re shorter than three inches replace them with larger ones to offer more resistance. You can also use a doorjamb and strike plate reinforcement kit to help make your lock more secure. Some homeowners have replaced their standard key-opening locks with smart locks, which allow you to open the door using a keypad, mobile device or even a finger scan to make it more difficult for criminals to get through.
Minimize Hiding Places
Dense shrubs and other plants next to a home can provide an ideal hiding spot for burglars, especially if the exterior of your property is not well lit. There is no need to completely remove all of the bushes and plants and waste your landscaping efforts, but keep them trimmed so that they’re not large enough to provide ample cover for anyone who could be sneaking around your house looking for a way in. Installing outdoor lights which are motion-sensor activated will also help to deter burglars, as they switch on automatically and brightly whenever they sense motion.
Alarms and Surveillance
Having burglar alarms and surveillance installed is not only a great deterrent to thieves and other criminals, they also make it much easier to potentially identify and catch anybody who breaks into your home. Thanks to modern technology, you can get remotely controlled surveillance cameras for your home, which you can watch in real-time on a smartphone or tablet device. Smart burglar alarms don’t just sound in the event of a break in; they’re also connected to an app which lets you know what’s going on in your home. Having a full home security system installed in your property may seem expensive, but it’s definitely an investment worth making if you want to ensure that your home is as secure and protected as possible.
How do you make sure that your home is secure from crime? Leave your tips in the comments.