Owning a place your family can call home Is no easy task, you would have to go through the process of finding the perfect home from a seemingly unending list of houses and a trustworthy real estate agent to handle this. After going through this process, you also have to worry about the safety of your loved ones in this home. We understand how all of this may sound so today we are going over the 5 security tips most homeowners do not know.
- Landscape with safety in mind: Trim trees and bushes that may give someone a place to hide or unnoticeable access to your windows. You should trim back any shrubs that are high enough to block a window. You will also want to consider the lighting of your property. Look for places around your home that are very dark and may allow a thief access to your home. Consider installing security lights in various places that can light up entrances. Motion detection spotlights are the best option to conserve energy and not annoy your neighbours or yourself with bright lights.
- Install an online CCTV system: CCTV’s are a necessity in homes these days, It should not be hidden contrary to most believes but be in the open to also serve as a deterrent. Invest in a quality system that also sends alerts and videos to your phone if there is any motion detected in your home. This would also make it easy for you to contact the authorities even when you take that vacation you have always dreamed of.
- Do NOT forget the garage door: This entry point to your home is becoming more popular with criminals. And even if they can’t access your house, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage—both interior and exterior. You may also consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way a burglar can’t grab it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of delivery people, neighbours, or anyone else. Here are some more easy ways to secure the garage.
- Upgrade to a smart garage door opener.
- Cover windows to hide the goodies inside.
- Secure garage doors with extra locks (or even zip ties!)
4. Install A safe: In the event that some G.I Joe gets by all of your home security strategies, make sure that your most important valuables are protected. An in-home safe is a secure storage space for everything from; jewellery to documents like passports and cash( not advisable to keep bulks of cash in any instance at home). You want a safe that is fire-resistant, waterproof, and heavy enough that a thief can’t walk away with it. Follow these suggestions to get the most protection from your safe.
Look for safes with redundant locks (that’s two locks on one safe).
- Select the right size safe for the valuables you want to protect.
- Decide if you want a portable safe or one that’s anchored.
- Opt-in for a fingerprint safe, although this is more expensive it can prove to be a lifesaver
5. Keep Quiet: If you are planning to go on vacation, never announce it beforehand. We are a society that likes to share, and thieves love that about us. Sending a tweet that you’ve arrived at the airport or posting a status update on Facebook indicating that you can’t wait to leave for your cruise is a great way to alert thieves that your home is empty. Save all updates about your vacation and picture sharing for when you return. In addition, if you are planning to vacation, have a trusted friend or neighbour stop by every day to pick up the mail, newspapers and any fliers that may be left at the door. If a flier has been sitting on your front door for days, a thief could take notice and know you are on an extended leave. Any time you are going to be gone during the night, even if it’s just returning from work after it gets dark, you should have interior lights set to a timer. Having lights on will keep thieves guessing and will let you feel safer when you come homE.
6. Install a home alarm system: Although this seems like a very obvious tip, a good percentage of homes in the UK have no alarm system, While an alarm may not keep burglars from getting inside your home, it serves as a good deterrent and will alert the police to your home quickly, limiting what a thief is able to take. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged at all times as most thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another. Also, some insurance companies may lower your home insurance premiums for having a home alarm system installed.
– Lewu Emmanuel
CEO, Lewu Group