Should You Beef Up Your Home Security?
Homeowners are constantly confronted with the question of whether the methods they’ve put into place to protect their residence are adequate. If your neighborhood or town has recently seen a rise in crime, it may be time to research new options for keeping your home and family safe. Likewise, if you’ve recently purchased expensive items such as home theater systems or pricey jewelry, it may be wise to explore options for beefing up your home security. You don’t need to invest thousands of dollars in a high-tech security system- there are cheaper, perhaps even more effective methods of making your home secure.
The simplest way to increase the security of your home is to make sure that you don’t give would-be attackers a reason for selecting your residence out of all the others in the neighborhood. That means keeping expensive belongings out of sight. Do you own an expensive road bike? Instead of keeping it locked up outside, bring it into your house after each ride. Likewise, try to park your vehicle inside of a garage or otherwise hidden out of view. Keeping up appearances is also important: when you go out of town, make sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery. A pile of collected newspapers is one sure sign to thieves that they’ll be entering an unoccupied home. You may also want to consider purchasing a timer that will turn your lights on and off randomly, creating the appearance of people inside the house.
Here’s another, often overlooked option: landscaping. Several varieties of plants offer both protection and privacy. Rose bushes, for example, while adding aesthetic value, also deter robbers with their prickly thorns. Instead of placing a lock on a window (which can be broken anyway), consider planting a tall rose bush. Likewise, extensive shrubbery can give you privacy within the home, obscuring the interior.
Perhaps the easiest, most cost-effective way to beef up your home security is by installing new locks. Many people don’t think about their locks, but consider that burglars spent ample amounts of time practicing opening locks. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, periodically change the locks on your doors for the newest deadbolt technology. You may also want to consider purchasing a lock system that uses an electronic keypad rather than keeping a “hide-a-key” around the house. You may have thought you were clever placing it under the air conditioner or rock, but guess what: that’s the first place burglars think to look. Now, you’ve provided them with easy access to your home, and they’ll be able to walk in as if they own the place.
Home security goes beyond making sure that your possessions are secure. Your family deserves a protection plan that will ensure their precious safety. You don’t need to install the most fancy alarm system with 24-hour service to provide that for them. Simply take common sense, every day precautions, and don’t give robbers the incentive to invade your home and put your family at risk.