Locks are meant to keep honest people honest
Chances are you’ve heard this phrase before, and when it comes to home security it is actually true. Many burglaries are crimes of convenience. In fact, over 40% of burglars admit their break-in was a spur of the moment decision. So whether it’s an unlocked door or window, or a garage door left open, anything that makes your home an easy target greatly increases your chance of being burglarized.
Conversely, anything you can do to make your home less of a target makes your home less likely to be burglarized. So what are some things you can do to make your home more secure?
Lock Your Doors & Windows
This might seem like it goes without saying, but the simple act of making sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you leave or go to bed goes a long way to securing your home. Installing an smart home system with window sensors, a smart garage door controller, and smart locks will allow you to know if a window or garage door is left open, and if a door is left unlocked, and secure them.
Don’t Leave a Key Under the Mat
This might have started as a good idea once upon a time, but that time has passed. Consider installing a smart lock instead. With a smart lock you can assign a guest a code that they can enter on a keypad at the front door to gain access to the home. You can delete the code at any time and even lock and unlock the door from your smartphone.
Install a Home Security System
Installing a home security with a yard sign also makes your home less likely to be broken into. Studies show most would-be burglars are deterred by a security yard sign. Who wants to set off a loud alarm and have the police called on them?