Steps to Secure Your Home
Money is tight, and crime is on the rise. The last thing you need is for someone to take your stuff. When it comes to protecting your home, it’s important to be proactive. Here are some simple steps you can take to secure your home:
Lock your doors and windows: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to ensure all of your doors and windows are securely locked at all times, even when you’re home.
Install a security system: A security system can provide an extra layer of protection for your home. Look for a system that includes sensors for doors and windows, as well as motion detectors and cameras.
Keep your outdoor area well-lit: Criminals are less likely to target a home that is well-lit, as it makes it more difficult for them to go unnoticed. Consider installing motion-sensor floodlights around the perimeter of your home.
Don’t advertise your valuables: Keep expensive items out of sight from windows, and avoid posting about them on social media. This can help prevent burglars from targeting your home.
Keep an eye on your neighbors: Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other’s homes. If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the authorities.
Install deadbolt locks: Deadbolt locks provide an extra layer of security for your doors, and they are more difficult to pick or force open than standard doorknob locks.
Use strike plates: Strike plates are metal plates that are attached to the door frame and help to secure the door in place. Make sure to use strike plates with long screws, as these are more resistant to being pried open.
Install door security devices: There are a variety of door security devices available, such as chain locks and door barricades, that can help to secure your doors. Again, use the longer screws when installing these.
Use smart locks: Smart locks allow you to control and monitor your door locks remotely using your smartphone. Some smart locks also have additional security features, such as biometric authentication or lock codes.
Get a dog: They might not always be the defenders we need, but they can sure alert you to a problem and scare away potential theives.
Secure Your Sliding Door
Sliding doors get their own section because they pose a very serious security risk. In fact, they are often one of the easiest ways to get into a home. This is true even when the door is locked.
Use a Dowel Rod: One of the easiest ways to increase security with a sliding door is to install a dowel rod in the small gap above the door. Doing so will prevent someone outside from lifting up and removing the door from its track.
Use a security bar: A security bar is a simple device that can be placed in the track of the sliding door to prevent it from being opened. It is a good option for temporary security, such as when you are away on vacation.
Use window film: Window film is a clear adhesive film that is applied to the glass in the sliding door. It makes the glass more resistant to breaking and helps to hold the shards in place if the glass is broken. Here are some examples.
By following these simple steps, you can increase the security of your home. You might also want to consider assessing the threats you face. Be sure to check out my article titled Performing a Risk Analysis.