The best way to improve your home security is probably a good moat full of crocodiles, but not everyone has the money or space to build a moat and drawbridge. Plus, crocodiles pose are a pain to keep away from the mail man. There are other ways to improve your home safety and keep it secure from potential burglars. From our experience, these 5 tips are some of the best ways to improve the security and safety of your home. (Other then getting a monitored alarm system of course!!!)
- Change Your Locks - Whenever you move into a new home, your first step should be to change the locks. Any number of people could still have copies of the key, like friends of past owners. Even if your built a brand new house, it's likely some of your contractors had access to your keys at some point during the building process.
- Lighting - Make sure the entrance and areas around your house are well lit. Motion activated lighting can be a cheap and simple deterrent to would be criminals. They don't like it when people can see what they are doing. Even if you have a long driveway, new solar powered motion flood lights can be installed on posts or trees.
- Deadbolt Locks - Strong locks both deter criminals and slow or prevent them from entering a home. Spring latch locks don't hurt, but are far less effective than deadbolts.
- Interior Hinges - A good lock won't stop a burglar if your hinges are on the outside of the house. Exterior hinges can be easily removed making the doors come right off the wall.
- Don't Advertising You are Away - Timered lights or my personal favorite Hue lights on a timer. Have your neighbor get the mail and newspaper. Continued deliveries without mail and papers stacking up give the illusion you are in town.
The bottom line is the best way to prevent a break in is to convince a crook that your house isn't worth the effort. Most criminals aren't looking for a challenge. They are searching for a quick buck. That's why even just the sign from a reputable local security company will send a thief in search of other options.