Your home is your place of refuge. Everything you love most in the world is under your roof: your family, your pets, and your belongings. In this post we provide some tips for improving your home security.
Any time you move into a new home pay to have the locks changed.
When you purchase a new home, you don’t know how many keys are out there and who may have had access, so it is best to re-key the locks. It’s also a good idea to re-key your home if you ever lose a house key.
Hiding keys outside your home is convenient if you ever forget your set but it compromises your security.
Criminals know what to look for and the usual hiding places keys are left. If you want to leave a key outside, don’t hide it in the planters or leave it under the doormat. Hide the key in a place that only your family will know to look. Better yet, install a smart lock that gives you keyless entry.
The best way to protect your house is with a professional monitored security system.
In addition to a loud alarm sounding in the event of a break-in, a professionally monitored home security system can notify you and dispatch the police in the event of a break-in.
Home invaders will often scope out a neighborhood to see which houses are empty.
If you’re going to be gone for a few days or more, consider installing timers for your lights or smart light switches. These allow your lights to automatically turn on and off at set times and to be controlled remotely, giving the appearance that someone is home.
Keep the easy points of entry such as doors and windows shut and locked when you aren’t home.
Make sure to close and lock your doors and windows, and install deadbolts with extra long screws on your entry doors to make breaking in even harder.
Taking these steps will greatly improve your home security and peace of mind. For more information on a home security system click here.