Most people take precautions to secure their homes. Alarm systems, locks, surveillance cameras and other security services are definitely good ways to protect your property. However, there are likely several weak points and security flaws in your home that you’ve never even thought about. Securing these weak points is vital to the safety of your home.Your Garage
Always secure your garage. This is especially true if you can enter your home from within the garage, but it’s important in every home, regardless of the layout. Not only can burglars use your garage to enter your home, but they can also find tools inside. It’s much easier to break into a house if you have a hammer or a ladder, so lock your garage securely!
The quality of the lock on your door goes a long way to protecting your property. Many burglars enter homes through the front door, so it’s important to invest in a strong lock. Dead bolts are the best choice.
Your Back Door
Don’t just focus on the front door. The back door and any side doors need just as much attention. These doors are likely less visible from the street, so burglars will be able to spend more time trying to open them. The same goes for your gate or sliding door to your deck. All of these doors require proper locks and possibly bars or gates.
Lighting is your friend and a burglar’s enemy. No one wants to be seen commiting a crime, so installing motion-activated lighting around your home and your property can save your house. Don’t forget to add lighting around your garage, your driveway and any other landscaping features. Criminals often use these places to hide.
Your Basement Windows
A basement window can be an easy entry point for a burglar. Adding security bars can eliminate this option for criminals. Remember, when installing security bars, make sure you have bars that can be easily removed from the inside in case of fire.The Second Floor
Many people forget about securing the second floor of their homes. The problem is that criminals can use ladders or ledges to break in to the windows on the second floor. These should always be secured.
Your Alarm System
Is your alarm system adequate for your protection? Is it tested regularly? Are there any areas that are not covered? It’s important to inspect your alarm system regularly and to keep an eye out for new technologies that can improve your protection!
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