They say that your home is your castle… And in an age where criminals seem to be growing more and more brazen with each year, where no state, county or city seems immune from robbers and burglars, perhaps it’s about time we all started treating our homes like one. No, I don’t mean digging a moat around your house, hiring archers to shoot arrows out your windows at the postman or throwing your toilet waste out the window… But it’s worth seeing your home as a fortress as well as a safe and comfortable place where you can relax, be yourself and make lifelong memories with your family. Psychologically, as well as practically, the home needs to be a place where you can feel safe. Modern living throws a lot our way and it’s essential that we have a safe and impregnable place where we can kick off our shoes, let down our hair, pour a glass of wine and hold those dearest to us close. We’re constantly finding new ways to renovate our home to make it prettier, cosier and more valuable… making it more secure seems like as worthy a reason to renovate as any.
The great news is that you can make your home more secure and safer for your whole family without turning it into an ugly monstrosity. Nobody wants to live in a home that looks like it should be a correctional institution with bars on the windows and razor wire around the garden gates. Perfecting your home security can be safe, secure and discrete… And it won’t even break the bank or cause a whole lot of disruption either.
Do you know your home security’s weak spots?
Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and your home security is no exception. Even if you’ve already invested in your home’s security it’s likely that you may have weak spots. In order to ensure the safety of your family and possessions, you need to be honest with yourself and carry out an audit with the help of a security professional. If you can’t afford a professional consultation, at least take a look at these common weak spots and use them to determine your strategy;
- Inadequate locks on exterior doors
- Unprotected glass windows in vulnerable locations
- Unsupportive door frames (you don’t need to spend a fortune to remedy this. This YouTube tutorial shows you how to make your door frames more secure for less than $10)..
- Exposed door hinges
- Old fashioned garage doors leading to insecure interior doors granting access to the home.
- Trees and shrubbery blocking the view of your home from the street.
If you want to keep your home secure and safe from not only burglars and thieves but from the capricious elements, here are some ways in which you can boost your home security and strengthen those weak links without breaking your bank balance or turning your home into a forbidding looking chrome tooth in the otherwise welcoming smile of your neighborhood.
Make your windows shatterproof
While you may well have double glazed windows in all the obvious places, many homes have smaller windows which you may not have thought worth converting at the time. While it’s worth noting that even double glazed windows can be smashed by a determined thief who isn’t worried about making a noise, you can protect these smaller or more out of the way windows without the expense and upheaval of replacing them with brand new ones. A Safety Glass Film can be applied to virtually any window to protect it from the attention of thieves or the ravages of the wind. You can even get graffiti proof variants, too.
Invest in the next generation of door locks
There was a spate of burglaries a few years ago in which thieves used bump lock kits (which can be purchased online by just about anyone) to pick front door locks and invade people’s homes. Smart locks are not only much more secure than previous generations, they also make home security a whole lot more secure for you and all who share your home. Choose the right smart lock and you’ll never have to worry about losing your keys or letting a neighbor come in to feed your cat while you’re on vacation. While you can get a smart lock to work with a conventional key, you can also code it to respond to the companion app on your smartphone enabling you to unlock or lock your door remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. Never again must you duck out of a meeting early to let your kids in because they’ve forgotten their keys or have to drive back to work at the end of the day to fish your keys out from your desk drawer where you left them forgotten again.
Make your garage impregnable
Garages are an oft neglected blind spot when it comes to your home security. Old fashioned door lock release mechanisms on many garage doors can easily be picked by determined and patient thieves using a process called fishhooking. Moreover, old fashioned radio controls on garage doors can easily be bypassed by thieves with a compatible transmitter. It’s simply a case of trial and error until they’ve found the right frequency. Once inside the garage, most thieves can gain entry into your home proper as the doors leading into the home tend to offer them little real resistance. Upgrade your garage door and you’ll sleep much better at night.
See who’s coming
A video doorbell can not only be a Godsend when it comes to improving your home security, it can also save you the tedium of having to deal with door to door salesmen or other time wasters. The latest generation of smart doorbells will send a crystal clear 1080p image of whoever’s at the door to your smartphone so you’ll never have to worry about opening your door to suspicious characters or having to get out of the bath for time wasters.
When you know your home’s weak spots, transforming it into a formidable fortress is both easy and affordable.
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