Besides staying up-to-date on appliances and alarms, you need to think about other ways to keep your family safe and feel secure at home. Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or have experienced a few near-misses and weird instances over the past few months, understanding how to boost your home security is essential. It’s not just about installing security cameras. There are other, cheaper ways to protect your home, too.
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Change The Locks
You should always get the locks changed after moving into a new home, as you don’t know who might have access to your front door. A reliable Locksmith will have the tools needed to change the locks, and this will give you peace of mind that whoever wants to get in will be unable to. When changing the locks, you can also add additional security measures, including a deadbolt and even a peep-hole if you have frosted glass windows (or no glass) in your front door.
Invest In Motion Sensors
If you don’t want to install security cameras but still want to deter thieves from attempting to get into your home, motion sensor lights are a fantastic choice, especially during winter when the days get shorter and you need to go to and from your car in the dark more often. While motion sensor lights are already common, you can find high-quality and heavy-duty models that have a vast activation range, some as big as 70 feet, that can illuminate your property when someone gets too close. Security alarm companies should be contacted if you want to install motion sensors, especially if you have dark spots, such as side paths or alleyways near your home. You should also consider how the lights or sounds could irritate your neighbors, although it’s all for the greater good.
Reinforce Doors and Windows
Besides changing the locks and installation deadbolts, you can also look for ways you can refinance your doors and windows. There are plenty of ways to reinforce possible entry points, both through DIY projects and by hiring professionals, so shop around and see which is most convenient (and affordable) for your needs. By reinforcing your doors and windows, you can minimize the risk of them being broken should anyone try to get into your home, whether you are at home or not.
If You Hide a Key, Hide It Well
Hiding your key is a convenient way to get into your home should you otherwise lose (or misplace) your regular keys. However, while it can get you out of a sticky situation, it also runs the risk of advertising your home to burglars. If you are going to hide your key, make sure you hide it well. Don't go for the cliche approach of placing it under the doormat or flower pot. Instead, think of places that only members of your family would think of. It might not be as convenient, but it will keep your home secure.
Everyone should feel safe in their home, and you don’t always need a high-tech security system to make this possible. Instead, consider the simple, but effective ways you can keep thieves and burglars out, so you can feel comfortable and confident at home.
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