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Easy Ways To Increase Security In Your Home

5 steps to take to improve your home security

Security is really important to your home, for the sake of your valuables and your family’s wellbeing. Nobody wants their house breaking into! To keep the burglars and thieves away, here are some steps that you need to take to easily increase security within your home.

Cars

This is particularly important if you have an expensive car. Most drivers like to keep their cars on the driveway providing themselves with easy access in and out of their home. However, this doesn't always make much sense. If you have a garage, then make use of it. Garages can be securely locked. This is so that your aesthetically pleasing sports car will not be able to attract unwanted attention from potential thieves. Even if they know that one is in there, they are still ten times less likely of being able to steal it. 

Lakes Garage Doors provide secure solutions, that will keep your possessions safe. Also, if you have any valuable items within the car, then these too cannot be seen from the roadside if they are locked away in the garage. Think smart the next time you come back from work and leave your car outside.

Don't leave your car in driveway
The more expensive your car is, the more steps you should take to protect it, parking it at night in a garage, not leaving it in the driveway. (Image: Flickr.com)

Lights

A lot of thieves will monitor your house’s lighting activity to try and work out when or when not you may be at home. So if you're away from home for extended periods, and the lights are always going to be off, then thieves may take their chance. There is an easy way to avoid this, however. There isn’t even a need to give your neighbour a key. Simply install smart lighting solutions within your home. These can be controlled remotely from your smartphone or tablet with just an app, and they’ll still fit in with your home decor. This means that when you're away on holiday, you can still turn the living room lights on - it’ll feel like somebody is still at home. This is an example of how the Internet of Things can keep us much safer. While technology like this is on the expensive side, it's definitely worth investing in to keep your home secure.

Neighbourhood Watch

If you put more trust in people than you do technology, then you may want to consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch. If your street doesn't have one at the moment, then it might be worth setting one up. Neighbourhood watches work on the premise that all neighbours look out for each other's houses at all times. Especially when one is away from home. This creates a sense of community that will instantly instill you with a feeling of safety even before anything has taken place. Knowing that somebody close to your home has a care for it will help you feel more secure. Putting up ‘Neighborhood Watch’ signs can often deter criminals altogether, too.

Neighbourhood watch area
To increase your home security, consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch
scheme in your community.  (Image: Flickr.com)

Ladders

If you’ve got a little bit of a DIY project currently going on at home, then be sure to remain secure. If you’re currently painting the windows or tiling the roof, then make sure to put your ladder away, securely locked up in the house or garage. If you don’t, then you leave thieves with a great leverage for gaining access to your home. Even worse, then could use the ladder as a tool to break in through a window around the back of your house. It’s great that you’re doing DIY, just make sure that you saving money on professionals isn’t costing you money by being insecure!

Locks and Keys

If you are one of these people who is quite happy to leave a key under a plant pot or underneath a doormat, then you’re just asking for trouble! Burglars know where to look - they’ve plenty of experience. Don’t hand it to them on a plate, keep your keys secure and only give them out to people that you trust. Similarly, never leave your house unlocked, no matter how long you’re just nipping out. It’s advisable to get a secondary lock to your door to keep your house extra secure. It can be an extra bit of hassle when you’re trying to get into the house when it’s teaming it down with rain. However, it’ll be well worth the hassle in the long run, should you get burgled.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay and feel more secure within your home. All of them are easy to carry out and rather simple when you think about it. Be sure to follow these tips for a stress-free and crime-free home.

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