An open exterior door or window is an open invitation for burglars to enter your home easily, so make sure to keep them closed and securely locked whether you are home or away. Don’t underestimate the importance of having strong window locks, and make sure to update them as necessary. KJM Group has a range of PVC windows that come with high-security features.
Thieves know how to recognise weak locks that are easy to force open. Make sure that there are deadbolt locks on exterior doors. There should be a vertical bolt on all sliding doors along with a wooden or metal rod in its track so that it cannot be forced open or the doors cannot be lifted off of their tracks.
Always make sure your front door is locked before you leave home, no matter how long you plan on being gone. Even when it is pouring rain, take the time to lock everything up before you go. Burglars don’t take breaks due to bad weather.
Don’t forget to lock the door that attaches to your garage. It is among the easiest targets and common means of entry. You should never rely on an automatic garage door for all of your security.
Whenever you move into a new home change the locks.
If you are renting, ask your landlord to change the locks if it hasn’t been done already. Even if all of the keys there were originally issued have been returned by the previous tenant, there isn’t any way of knowing for certain if other copies have been made and given out. It is better to be safe rather than sorry, particularly when it comes to the possibility of a stranger being able to get into your locked house.
Secure your valuables by storing them in a lock box or home safe.
If it is not mounted and is small, you could have the safe bolted to your floor given the fact that many burglars will end up taking the safe with them on their way out. Give your combination or passcode to someone you trust in the event there is an emergency. Don’t leave the combination posted any place in your home that would be easy for an intruder to access.
Don’t hide spare keys outside or label personal keys.
If you label your keys and they are stolen or lost that could turn into a big problem for you, particularly if your wallet was with them that has your address and ID. Thieves know to look for fake rocks in the gravel or underneath mats to find hidden keys. You should instead leave your spare key with a trustworthy neighbour. If you happen to live in a rural area with the closest neighbour being several miles away, you can choose to have a combination lockbox placed in a discreet part of your property.
Consider purchasing a home security system.
Any security system has countless features, and some of the more valuable ones include security cameras, an outdoor alarm for alerting neighbours about an intrusion, sensor on the door attached to your garage, windows, and exterior doors, and outdoor motion detectors. Choose the features that fit your needs the best and make to work with a reputable, well-known company. After it has been installed, use it on a regular basis. Although it might seem to be inconvenient needing to arm the system each time you are getting ready to leave the house, there are many burglars who know that people often neglect this responsibility and might not be deterred by yard signs or window stickers warning that there is a home protection system.
Do your very best to inform your family and learn everything you can about your home security system so that false alarms can be minimised. They can annoy your neighbours and result in expensive fines. You also don’t want to end up being the boy who cried wolf where eventually your neighbours start ignoring your alarm when it sounds!
Reinforce your windows with metal bars or safety glass.
It might sound extreme, however, burglars frequently break small windows to gain entry. Install metal bars so they can’t squeeze through or safety glass so they can break through. For metal grilles, there are numerous decorative options that can make it both aesthetically pleasing and practical.