If you want to improve the security of your home or flat to deter intruders, you have many options. There are numerous proactive measures you can take to protect your property, ranging from home security systems and devices to less expensive DIY home security tools.
Understanding Home Security Risk Assessments
A home security risk assessment is a detailed report on your property’s current security, potential weak points, and the steps needed to address any issues that are discovered.
Risk assessments can be performed at any time and are especially recommended if any of the following conditions exist:
- Increasing the effectiveness of your security system
- You’ve recently moved into a new home, and the property has older doors and locks.
- If you have new windows installed, or if you have older windows,
These are just a few of the scenarios in which a risk assessment is strongly advised. However, any homeowner who is concerned about the security of their home or simply wants peace of mind can benefit from a risk assessment.
We put together a simple guide of the top 10 easiest and most affordable steps you can take to secure your home and deter burglars to help with your home security checklist.
Lock your doors and windows
Locking your doors and windows is the first and simplest line of defence against intruders, but how many of us do it regularly? Burglars frequently seek easy targets, and an unlocked door or window is exactly that. It’s a good idea to keep them locked even when you’re at home. And, before you leave the house, double-check the doors and first-floor windows to ensure they’re all locked.
Some devices can also assist you in keeping track of your entrances. Door and window sensors can detect when a door or window is left ajar, and smart locks can be programmed to lock automatically at predetermined times. That brings us to our next point.
Improve your door locks
If you don’t have high-quality locks, simply locking your doors and windows may not be enough. To begin, ensure that all exterior doors have a deadbolt, making it more difficult for intruders to gain entry. While you’re at it, make sure your door frames and hinges are strong enough to withstand a break-in attempt; older doors or exposed hinges can be dangerous. Finally, as previously mentioned, you can upgrade to smart locks that can be activated remotely.
Keep your valuables concealed
Some burglars may scout out potential targets ahead of time, ensuring that they hit houses with valuables. As a result, it’s best to avoid storing valuable items where intruders can see them as they pass by. Avoid leaving expensive tools or bikes out in the open, close your garage door, and don’t leave expensive electronics, purses, jewellery, cash, or other valuables in front of open windows. Consider installing window treatments such as curtains or blinds to keep prying eyes out.
Set up outdoor lighting
When breaking into a home, burglars don’t want to feel like they’re on display, and outdoor lights can help with that. Because these are often opportunity crimes, outdoor lights may encourage the intruder to keep moving. Instead of leaving your outdoor light on all the time, consider purchasing motion-sensor lights that illuminate the yard when they detect movement. An intruder will be caught off guard by the light and may flee.
If you want to go the extra mile, there are many outdoor security cameras on the market. Enhancing your video surveillance system, from high-end devices to low-cost options, can keep your loved ones and property as safe as possible.
Make it appear as if someone is at home.
Most burglars will not enter your home if you are present. They’d rather find an empty house and move in as soon as possible. As a result, making it appear as if someone is home at all times is one of the best ways to deter intruders.
This could include leaving an interior light or the TV on during the workday. When you’re gone for an extended period, such as on vacation, have a neighbour or family member collect your mail, as mail piling up can be an indication that the homeowner is gone for an extended period.
Smart lights can create an even more convincing illusion: many can be programmed to turn on and off at regular intervals to simulate someone being at home.
Purchase a home security system
Installing a home security system is one of the most effective ways to deter intruders and notify you if there is a break-in. According to data, a home without a security system is approximately three times more likely to be broken into. If an intruder sees a security camera or a sign indicating that you have a security system, they will most likely flee.
Home security cameras are an excellent way to add an extra layer of protection to your home. If there is movement in your yard or on your front porch, security cameras can notify you, and door and window sensors can notify you if someone has entered or is attempting to enter your home. Your security company may also notify law enforcement on your behalf, depending on the circumstances.
Security systems do not have to be expensive. There are many low-cost security cameras and DIY security systems available, as well as stand-alone devices, that you can install yourself.
Secure your garage
People put a lot of effort into securing their homes but frequently overlook their garages. Unfortunately, that can be a simple way to gain access to your home. First, make sure all of your garage’s regular doors and windows are locked. Next, consider keeping your garage door opener at home rather than in your car, where it could be stolen. Finally, keep the interior door between your garage and your home locked. That way, even if someone gets into your garage, they can’t get into your house.