As everyone knows, your home is your castle. There are many things you can do to protect your home from burglary and unwanted intrusion, from home automation to anything as simple as installing a one-way viewer on doors. Make use of these top twenty strategies to protect you, your family, and your home.
Good lighting is one of the most effective ways of guarding yourself against burglars. You can install motion sensor spotlights and floodlights in a perimeter around your property to deter intruders. Pay particular attention to backdoor, front porch, and balcony areas.
Install steel bolts and sensors at every window. Steel bolts make windows difficult to open without a cutter and sensors will let you know when a window has been opened. Shutter windows wherever possible so no-one can monitor your movement around the house from outside. For extra security, use stained glass or glass bricks for the areas around doors if you want to let in light instead of clear windows.
Install a one-way viewer on your door
Installing a one-way viewer at your front door is a simple, but highly effective security strategy. It helps you get into the habit to checking who is at your door before you open the door.
Have your door locks changed whenever you are moving into a new residence. Use double doors - a heavy solid core door and a wire mesh second door that you can see through. Always use deadbolts and safety chains on your doors.
Electronic Barking Dogs
If you don't have a real dog, use an electronic barking dog to deter would-be burglars.
Cancel the newspaper delivery
If you're going to be away for more than a couple of days, take the time to cancel your newspaper delivery so it's not obvious that you're not home.
Have Neighbours Park in the Driveway
During longer vacations, have a neighbour park in your driveway to make it look like someone is home.
Use a Safe Deposit Box
Use safe deposit box at the bank to secure your items if you're going to be away for a long time and there is no-one to check on your place while you're away.
Make it Look Occupied
Use home automation or timers for turning lights, radio or music while you're away. With home automation systems, which can include functions such as energy management software and remote control, you can monitor your house and alarm system on video and while you're away. While away, you can even answer your own door by setting your home automation system to call your mobile phone whenever someone presses the doorbell and speaks on the intercom.
Use Shatter Guards
Shatter guards protect glass panes on windows from smashing on impact. They make it more difficult to break in through window areas.
Create a Panic Room
A panic room, or safe room is a secured room that cannot be broken into which can be used when there are intruders in your house.
Don't Leave Spare Keys
Don't leave spare keys around your garden or front porch for burglars to find.
Trim Your Bushes and Shrubs
Make it difficult to hide in your garden. Trimming bushes and shrubs will also help outdoor motions sensors work more effectively.
Don't Use An Answering Machine
Never use an answering machine. Have all your calls diverted to your mobile phone.
Have a great security alarm installed. These can be matched with home automation systems for optimal levels of security. Great features to consider are video intercoms and security cameras at vulnerable spots around your house.