Home security is a concern that no household or property owner can afford to ignore. From simple steps like installing exterior lighting and remembering to keep all doors and windows locked, there are plenty of ways that homeowners can better protect themselves.
Take a look at these steps to learn how to better protect your home from burglary.
Install Exterior Lighting
A dimly-lit exterior can turn an otherwise secure home into an inviting target for thieves. Installing or upgrading exterior lighting can have a number of security benefits. In addition to being an effective deterrent, superior lighting also helps to ensure that would-be intruders are less likely to escape unnoticed. Equipment options like motion sensors, automated timers, or the ability to control exterior lighting through a home alarm system can provide a superior level of security.
Keep Up With Landscape Maintenance
Property owners who neglect their surroundings are also more likely to ignore a potential security threat. Trimming trees and bushes or even creating a new landscape layout in order to maximize visibility ensures you, neighbours, security cameras and alarm equipment are more likely to detect the presence of an intruder.
Upgrade Locks and Hardware
Older model locks and hardware that may be showing signs of wear can be another liability that property owners should address. Homeowners who cannot account for every spare key and those who may have a reason for heightened suspicions should consider upgrading their locks and modernizing their hardware. The installation of deadbolts, security bars or door locks and hardware that can be monitored automatically by a home security system can provide a superior level of home burglary protection.
Locking All Doors and Windows
Locks and other hardware are only useful when used and many homeowners would be surprised to discover just how often they forget to lock-up before going to bed at night or before leaving the home for the day. Making sure all locks, latches and other security features are properly used is always a good habit.
Installing a home alarm system that is able to monitor the status of all locks, doors and entryways will help to ensure that forgetting to lock the door will not put your home at risk.
Get to Know the Neighbours
Maintaining a relationship with your neighbours is more than just being friendly. Having an extra pair of eyes to watch for any signs of trouble can be huge relief for you while you’re not home. Asking a neighbour to keep an eye on the house when you go out of town or providing them with instructions about how to respond to a home security alarm can shorten reaction time and ensure that your home is safe.
On Alert for Suspicious Activity
Taking note of any neighbourhood activity that may be out of the normal can go a long way towards ensuring the home, it’s occupants and all property and belongings can be kept safe from harm. Many thieves and home intruders will monitor a property they have targeted before making their move, so vigilant homeowners may be able to spot trouble long before an actual break-in is attempted.
The latest home alarm systems allow you to record any suspicious activity in order to more easily detect any issues that might give cause for concern.
Paying Attention to Crime Within Neighborhood
A rash of break-ins within the local area is a concern that homeowners would do well to take seriously. It is not uncommon for criminals to target several homes in a neighbourhood before moving to another area. Homeowners would do well to take steps to better protect themselves and take the steps needed in order to improve their home burglary protection.
Investing In Alarm And Surveillance Systems
While other efforts to secure the home can often make a difference, there is simply no substitute for a full-featured home alarm system. The round-the-clock surveillance that the latest-generation systems provides gives homeowners an unrivalled level of security.
For more information, please call Canadian Security Professionals (CSP) at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.