“Home is where we should feel secure and comfortable.” – Catherine Pulsifer.
We think everyone would agree with the inspirational author, yes? No matter what type of house we live in, what material it is made of, and its size, we all want and are supposed to be safe in our home.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the average number of yearly burglaries in the United States is 3.7 million. That’s 10,137 housebreaks a day! But we are not here to scare you; instead, we are here to keep those burglars away from you as much as possible.
Aside from locking your doors and windows, what are the other ways you can secure your home more? Read on until the end.
Strengthen your exterior doors with 3-inch or longer
(Source: Modern Nest Real Estate Group)
Data shows that 34% of burglars enter through the front door and 22% through the back door. How do they do it? It’s probably either smoothly and quietly turning the knob for unlocked doors or kicking them open.
A Facebook post from Modern Nest Real Estate Group says that “most contractors install door plates with the supplied screws which are only a half-inch long and come out with one kick by a burglar.”
Upgrade and strengthen your front and back doors’ deadbolts and locksets by replacing those short screws with 3-in. or longer ones, for they offer more resistance. With these, the burglar can have a hard time kicking your door, giving you extra time to call the police or plan your next defense move.
Reconstruct your windows
Enhance your home security by going extra with your window locks. There are different locks available; choose what’s best for the kind of window you have.
Also, convert your annealed glass windows into a tempered glass. The latter is four times stronger than the former, making it more difficult to break.
Install door/window sensors
Now that your entry doors and windows are already more secured let’s take it up a notch. If you don’t have a home security system yet, affordable alarm sensors can be mighty and reliable. Once one of these went off, the intruder may think twice about moving further and start running away.
Additional tip: If you have the budget, install a home security system.
Empty your mailbox
Do you know that a full mailbox can make your house less secure? Why? It’s because it can indicate that you are always not at home or have been away for a while. Mailboxes also contain your personal information that may be used for fraud.
Additional tip: Replace your standard mailbox with a security mailbox wherein you will need a key to open it.
Trim your bushes
f your house is surrounded by bushes or has lots of tall and solid items around, get rid of them. Cut those greens. Don’t allow the invader to have a place to hide.
Hold deadbolts in place.
Many, if not all, whether they are thieves or not, know how to pick a lock. Put a deadbolt protection device to hold the deadbolt tightly in place, keeping it from turning and opening your door.
Set up security cameras
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras not only act as a deterrent to burglars, making you and your loved ones safe at home, they can also allow you to see the stuff happening within the perimeter of your property. Also, given the worst-case scenario, CCTVs can help identify intruders.
Always put a premium on the security of your home. A safe and secured home is always a great place to live with your family, without thinking the threats may come. So add ways to secure your house now with the help of our tips.