Ways to Keep Your Home Safe From Intruders
Sadly, unfortunate circumstances even at your safe place has become so common that it’s become a must for everyone (even those in a no-incident neighborhood) to practice safety measures diligently. Below are 12 ways to help keep your home, especially your family, safe from intruders:
- Make your house look occupied at all times. Leave lights or even the TV on when you go out. You can also leave a pair of shoes out front.
- Get a dog. Intruders don’t usually risk entering houses with dogs. Police agree that having a dog, regardless of the breed, is a prime deterrent for home burglars.
- Trees and bushes around your home should be kept trimmed so they don’t provide hiding spaces for intruders.
- Before leaving the house and going to bed, double check if all doors and windows are locked. Keep external doors secured even when you’re at home.
- Never keep spare keys in obvious hiding places outside your home. If possible, leave them with a trusted neighbor.
- Make sure that driveways, pathways, and entry points to your house have adequate lighting. You can also install motion-sensor lights on the exterior of your home.
- Your external doors should be solid core doors and fitted with deadlocks and security screens.
- Place a wooden/metal bar in the bottom track of sliding doors and windows to help prevent them from being forced open.
- Install a peephole if your front porch can’t be entirely seen from inside the house.
- Windows should be lockable and reinforced with security film, roller shutters, or security screens.
- Set up a reliable alarm system.
- Install a motion-sensor video camera security system that sends email footage to you and not just recordings onto a hard drive.