I think it would be safe to say that your home, along with its security, probably means a lot to you. Having it invaded can not only be a scary ordeal but an invasion of privacy that’s hard to ever fully restore. Fortunately, there are a number of small things that you can do to prevent someone from even thinking about breaking into your home. These are 20 ways to step up the security measures around your property, protecting you and your family, as well as your possessions.
Make Friends with Your Next Door Neighbors
Having a next-door neighbor as a friend is sure to come in handy at some point and can provide you with an extra set of eyes to keep an eye on your home. Your neighbors can also gather your mail while you’re away on vacation and they can get ahold of you if they suspect that unusual activity is unfolding at your residence.
Don’t Buy Doors that Have A lot of Glass
Doors that have too much glass in them only gives an intruder more of an opportunity of walking through your front or back door after they’ve broken the glass and unlocked the door hardware. The less glass in them the better.
Change Your Access Codes Often
Another thing to consider is to change the access code on your front door and garage door regularly if you have key code access available.
You Won’t Go Wrong with Deadbolts
It becomes increasingly more difficult, or maybe even impossible, for an intruder to get through a door when it’s properly secured with a deadbolt. I had something similar to this installed in my front door so I could see who was ringing the doorbell. Security Door Peep Hole
Be sure to have curtains hung in all your windows so that thieves are not able to peer in and see the valuables that you own or if someone is home. You also want to have timers on your interior lights so it appears, even through the curtains, that someone is home.
Make Sure Window Air Conditioners are Secured
A window air conditioner that is not properly secured creates a window of opportunity for a burglar to be granted access to your home. (No pun intended.) It may seem too difficult for them to remove the unit, but it may appear worth their efforts if they perceive you have valuables once they get inside the home.
Stop Advertising Your Belongings
We do this more times than we even realize. Don’t allow other people to see expensive items sitting out in your yard, including your grill, bikes, and yes, even your cars. You also don’t need to blare your car’s surround sound in your neighborhood, alerting others that you’ve returned home.
Put Up a Fence
If you want to go the extra mile, a privacy fence will keep others from snooping in your yard. (If you leave it locked, that is.) It also allows your pets to be able to run around the yard without a leash.
Strategically Plant Thorny Bushes Around Windows
One great way to keep a thief from trying to gain access through your windows around your home is to plant thorny bushes right in front of them.
Be Sure to Lock All Your Windows
Windows are typically one of the first entryways that intruders “inspect” when they are trying to gain entryway in your home. Be sure to keep them locked at all times, and double-check them often.
Keep Your Car Doors Locked
Keeping your car doors locked is huge, especially if you live close to the city and your car sits out at night. You’ll never know how many times people have already tried getting into your vehicle, so don’t forget to keep them locked.
Be Careful Who Comes Into Your Home
You also need to be aware of who you are allowing into your home, especially a salesperson. Even when they work for a well-known company, they may be taking a quick-glanced inventory of your possessions, making it only easier for them when they come back and work their “side job.”
Get a Bigger Dog
Having a big dog certainly has its advantages. For one, they bark louder. They’re also more intimidating when a burglar comes face to face with them. Even if you don’t own a dog, it wouldn’t hurt to buy a “Beware of Dog” sign, so you can throw an intruder off.
Lock Your Pet Door
If you have a larger dog, along with a doggie door to the backyard, there’s a pretty good chance that an intruder could actually fit through it. Don’t forget to lock it up at night and also when you’re gone.
Install Motion Sensors with Flood Lights
Improving the lighting around your house is another great way to keep unwanted visitors from snooping around your property at night. Floodlights that have motion sensors on them can even light up when a bandit raccoon is lurking in your yard.
Install Cheap Window and Door Alarms
Trying to keep it cheap but still effective? You can even purchase window and door alarms at places like Walmart, and they’re just as effective at keeping intruders out as a professional home security system.
Be Careful Where You Hide Spare Keys
There are homeowners who place their hide-a-key in some pretty terrible places, only making it easier for thieves to walk in without having to break any windows. Don’t be the person who places a spare key under the doormat or above the door frame.
Hide Your Valuables in Creative Places
Take the time to get creative when it comes to where you hide your valuables. A thief typically takes off for the master bedroom, so that’s not where you want to hide things that you hold dear. Thieves aren’t going to spend much time looking in your kitchen pantry or in your refrigerator, so those are great places to consider.
Don’t Share Your Travel Plans on Social Media
Many people make the terrible mistake of announcing their travel plans all over social media before their plane even leaves the runway. You may think that they’re your “friends” on Facebook, but trust me, they’re not all your friends.
Get a Home Security System
You’re going to spend a decent amount of money on this one, but getting a home security system can bring you even more peace of mind. It will alert you on your phone, even if you’re away on vacation. This is one of the best ways to step up security measures around your property.
These are 20 ways that you can keep your house safer and more secure, especially when you are away from home. They’ll provide you with so much less to worry about, and more obstacles and barriers to turn away thieves. What are some ways to step up security measures around your property? May God Bless this world, Linda
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