Unsure How Best To Protect Your Home? Here Are Some Pointers
We all want to be able to feel as safe as possible in our own homes, yet this is often surprisingly hard to achieve. Increasingly, home safety is becoming more and more of a concern. If you have ever felt unsafe in your own home, then you will be aware of how deeply unpleasant it really can feel. The statistics are unfortunately not much comfort, with home security being more of an issue year after year. In such circumstances as this, it makes sense to want to be as protected as possible – but how can you go about doing that? Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to protect your home starting from today.
Don’t Advertise Anything
The number one mistake that most people make with regards to their home safety is to make it look attractive to potential burglars and the like. The truth is, you want to do everything you can to make it look as unappealing to these people as possible. This means never leaving valuable in sight, for a start, as this is likely to encourage people to try and steal from you. But it is also a case of not making the home look like it is easy to get into. Make sure you keep all entry points as secure as possible at all times, otherwise someone might try to break in without you being aware. Similarly, you should do everything you can to try and deter anyone who does come snooping around. Even having a pet in the home is often enough to put them off. Whether or not they are aware of its actual stature, they might assume it is a guard dog if they hear it when they approach the house. Do everything you can to make your home look less inviting, and you should find that you have fewer unwanted visitors.
Install An Alarm System
If you don’t already have an home security alarm system then you might want to consider treating yourself to one. The truth is, having an alarm system on your home is going to be a massive deterrent to anyone who is thinking of trying to get in illegally. But this is not the only manner in which they can be useful. It is also true that burglar alarms can often be set up to automatically dial the emergency services. This means that even if you are not there, you can be sure that your home is going to be as well protected as possible. What’s more, some systems allow you to have remote access to your cameras and even your locks, often from an app on a mobile. This means that no matter where you are in the world, you can be sure of your home’s security. I use Frontpoint for my alarm system, and it means the home is well protected day and night.
One of the greatest ways to put people off trying to get into your home is to use timers wherever you can to make it look as though you are home when in fact you are not. For example, you can set a timer on your main lights, upstairs and downstairs, to make it look like there is activity in the home at all times. It is a proven fact that doing so deters burglars from wanting to break into your home. Even if they suspect that you are trying to fool them, they won’t know for sure, and are unlikely to risk it just in case you are there. As a rule, burglars are non-violent, and they don’t actually want to run into you. If they do, they will probably just flee. This is why timers work. You can also put timers on anything else, such as your television, and even your landline telephone. This ensures that they don’t hear a phone ringing without being answered, a sure sign that nobody is really home.
Protect Sheds & Outhouses
It is also important to bear in mind any other properties you have on the premises. Buildings such as sheds and outhouses are often overlooked, but they can be an easy target because of their considerably lower security. You have a few options here. You could just choose not to store anything of any real value in those places. This means that even if anyone gets in, it won’t matter too much. Or you can hook up your alarm system to include those areas too, which might cost you a little more, but might be worth it for the peace of mind it brings.