The most fundamental security tip for the home is to ensure that there are locks on every window and door. This may seem like an obvious tip, but you would be surprised how many people do not have locks installed on their home entrances and then get burgled very soon after.
Protecting Your Home – Where to Start?
Place yourself in the mindset of a would-be thief. For most people this is one of the easiest methods to begin with. It is very likely that the obvious flaws that you can see in your house will be exploited by those attempting to break into your home.
Typical aspects of a home a thief might look at before deciding to burgle a house:
- Does the home have fencing or automated gates.
- Does the home have visible signs of being monitored by an alarm (Alarm warning stickers, flashing strobe lights, other visible devices).
- Does the have any guard dogs? (Guard dog warning stickers, barking).
- Is any body currently home? Evidence of vacant cars, shoes, noise and lights.
- Does the home have any security protection (Security grills on the windows, doors and other entrances).
- Does the main door have a deadbolt latch.
- Are there any other easier entrances besides the front main door such as a side door of an open garage or a side window.
It is obvious that if a thief is able to tick no on most of the above questions than the home he is looking at potentially robbing could be a good choice.
So these areas might be a few suggestions of where to begin.
The easiest visual deterrent are security grills on windows and doors. If the neighbor’s house has visible security grills on their home, while yours does not, then there is a higher likelihood (not in all circumstances) that your home will be targeted first.
Make a List of Known Security Flaws in your Home
Start by listing all the possible entrances to your home, including doors, windows, sky-lights and even roof access. Check whether all these openings are secured by locks and how strong they are. Usually the front door entrance is the main target for thieves so it helps to have extra security such as triple locks, deadbolts, and trip sensor alarms. If there are no locks on other entrances it is a good idea to consider what security or safety options are available.
Sometimes for those who are tight on a budget, even installing dummy alarms can work as a great deterrent.