Protecting your hard earned property only makes sense. Even if you live in a good neighborhood, it’s still important to take measures to secure your home. Taking a few preventative actions can pay dividends in case something does happen in the future.
Security doesn’t have to be overly expensive. You can make a few simple, low-cost and strategic additions to your security system that will help increase your overall level of protection. This blog post looks at five different things you can do to improve security on your property!
1. Make Sure Your Property Is Adequately Lit
Proper lighting is an excellent way to combat unwanted visitors from appearing on your property. No criminal is going to want to approach the house that’s properly lit. Modifying your landscaping to include lighting is an excellent way to establish security on your property.
Another thing to keep in mind is to control the shrubbery around your property. Any plants around your doors and windows need to be trimmed so you can reduce the number of hiding places around your property. Any area that creates shadows needs to be taken care of.
You should also take the time to set your lights up in a way that illuminates the dark areas of your backyard. Strategically placed motion-activated lights are excellent deterrents. Motion activated lights are especially useful if your house backs out onto a back lane where there is a lot of foot traffic.
2. Protect Your Windows
Windows are often the most unprotected part of our homes. If you use your windows for ventilation during the summer, you may be unwittingly making it easy for a burglar to get in. A lot of times a thief merely has to pry a window open or knock a window screen out to force their way in.
One of the best ways to secure your property is to add individual alarms to each window. You can buy inexpensive third party alarms designed for windows or discuss with your alarm company how much it would cost to secure all your windows. You can also attach motion detector devices near your windows where burglars can see it, so they know your property is armed.
3. Invest In A Driveway Alarm
Driveway alarms are an excellent way to stay current with what’s happening on your property. Driveway alarms are a type of motion detector device that alerts you when people, vehicles or animals approach your home. This type of alarm helps you deal with unexpected arrivals and see if anyone is approaching your house at odd times.
Another benefit of driveway alarms is they’re super easy to install. Driveway alarms are compatible with both wired and wireless alarm systems. Many driveway alarms come with do-it-yourself instructions that you can execute for under $200. You can also use driveway alarms to watch who’s entering your backyard, outdoor pools, shed, garage and many other areas.
4. Invest In Stronger Locks
The easiest way to secure your home is to get better locks. Simply using the locks that came with your door isn’t enough. Ideally, you should get grade 1 or grade 2 deadbolt locks as they are powerful enough to deter potential robbers. Stronger locks prevent forced entry’s and make attempting to pick your lock a waste of time.
5. Install A Wide-Angle Peephole
Peepholes can be a useful security tool but only if you’re able to see what’s happening outside your door. Most basic peepholes give a straight ahead view which limits what you can see. Burglars are known for hiding out of sight of your peephole in order to get you to open your door.
Installing a wide-angle peephole is an excellent solution to the above problem. Peepholes are easy to install and can change how you secure your home. With a wide-angle peephole, you can see most of your front entrance and ensure it everything is safe before opening your door.