Home Security Tips: 8 Ways to Improve Home Security

Whether you just moved in to your house, are planning a lengthy vacation, or you’ve been living in your home for years, there are always steps that you can take to make sure that your residence is more secure. The Bureau of Justice Statistics can be a great resource if you are looking to learn more about the burglary rates in your area or across the nation, but it is important to always remember that it can happen to anyone at any time, even you. Let’s look 8 Home Security Tips that will help you protect yourself, your family and your home.

Exterior Factors:

The first thing a burglar will see is the outside of your house. There are many things that you can do to reduce the chances of having your home look like the perfect one for a robbery.

1 )  While curb appeal is often created with landscaping, be mindful of which plants you have near your windows and doors. By avoiding placing tall, thick shrubs by the windows and doors, you are making it more difficult for someone to conceal themselves while breaking in to your home.

2 ) Motion sensor lights have been popular on homes for a reason. When the light kicks in, it signals to a homeowner or neighbor that something is going on in that area outside of your house. And while having good exterior lighting on a timer helps, the best lighting security is a motion sensor floodlight.

3 ) If you’ve got it flaunt it, right? Wrong. When it comes to your home, it is best to avoid displaying your personal possessions that may signal wealth to a bugler. Whether it is an expensive car, fine china or a brand new 60” flatscreen, it’s best to keep it all hidden behind doors and blinds. Also, don’t forget about the trash. If you did just buy that new flatscreen, it’s best not to leave the box out next to the trash can on trash pickup day. Instead, break the box down, fold it and place it inside of the can.

4 ) Getting a security system is one of the best ways to protect your home, and when you do the company will offer you a sign to put in your yard. These signs can be a deterrent for a burglar, but if it gives them too much information, it could do the opposite. For a robber, knowing which brand of security system can be enough information for them to learn how to disable it. A better solution is to get a generic sticker or sign that doesn’t display which brand of system you had installed.

Interior Factors:

In addition to making sure your house is secure from the outside, there are many things that you can do from the inside of your home to ensure that your residence is secured.

5 ) Getting a burglar alarm is one of the top ways to improve security of your property and millions of these electronic security systems have been installed in homes across the United States. While this can be a sizable investment and cost anywhere from $100 and $1,500 or more, it is some of the best money you can spend in increasing the security of your home.

6 )  At one time or another we all may have friends, family and others in our lives that might need access to own homes. Whether it’s the babysitter, dog walker or grandma, it is important to try to minimize the access to others have to your keys.  One way to avoid any issues of giving out access to your house is by providing only one key to the front door or a garage door opener. If the dog walker’s key gets lost or falls into the wrong hands, a burglar won’t have access to the other locks on the front door or any other door in your house.

7 )  It is important to check the strength of your doors’ kick-in resistance as many burglaries involve forced entry. When someone is forcing their way into your property, they can target your door and weak door locks and mounting hardware will make it easy for them to gain access. To reinforce locks, replace the strike, a metal plate mounted on the door jamb that the lock bolt slides into. This small investment will allow you to significantly strengthen the flimsiest of locks.

8 )  And last but not least, change all of the locks now if you didn’t when you moved in. While the previous owners may have personally handed you their keys, it’s hard to know who had a spare set. When changing your locks make sure to get good, high quality locks and name brand deadbolts. Also, make sure that door locks are positioned farther than an arm’s reach away from windows to prevent the ability to gain entrance to your home through smashing a window and being able to reach the lock and open the door.

No matter what your home security needs may be, the experts at Interstate Locksmith are here to help. We do more than just help when you’re locked out of your car. Our security services extend into safes, panic bars, buzzers systems and more! Contact us today to learn more about how we can increase the security of your home.