For many homeowners, security may not be at the top of their list when it comes to home improvement. Many homeowners prefer to spend their money on practical and aesthetic home upgrades that benefit their day-to-day lives. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with installing an electronic thermostat or investing in landscaping services, adding in one or two security upgrades could really benefit you in the long term. Home theft and burglary can happen unexpectedly. As a result, you can risk losing thousands of dollars in monetary value, as well as items of sentimental value. We’ve come up with six tips to help protect your home, while increasing the security of your property. Our tips vary from affordable and quick projects to more pricey upgrades, both of which will ensure your house is even more secure.
Upgrade Your Locks
If you haven’t renewed your door locks or considered dead bolting your doors, we recommend you take that first step. Most thieves enter through the front door as it is surprisingly the easiest point of entry. Contrary to popular belief, high-tech locks don’t necessarily guarantee safety, so look for locks that are sturdy and can’t be opened with a drill or other gadget.
Revamp your Windows
When doors don’t work, thieves may consider breaking and entering through your windows. Installing a window sensor that will sound an alarm, can scare off a thief, and prevent them from entering your home. Many window sensors can be self-installed and are reasonably priced. It may be a good idea to also consider switching your window
glass for unbreakable and shatter-proof glass. Some thieves will avoid opening windows to activate existing sensors and will resort to breaking the windows instead.
Many homeowners forget to lock their backdoors, as they are typically hidden from view. Out of sight does not mean out of mind, however, making them the perfect entry point for an unwelcome intruder. Even while locked, backdoors are flimsy and the locks can easily be tampered with. It’s vital to take extra steps to ensure your backdoors are fully secure. This could include upgrading your backdoor’s lock, and adding a security bar.
Use Lighting Strategically
Consider investing in motion-sensor lights for your front yard, and driveway. Motion sensor lights are one of the easiest ways to scare off a thief before they even reach your front door. It also alerts you and your neighbours to any possible movement near your property. The good news is that motion sensor lights are very affordable and are easy to install!
Minimize Hiding Spots
While beautiful large shrubs can add to the visual aesthetic of your front yard, consider replacing them for something less dense. Large bushes, trees, and shrubs can act as the perfect hiding spot for burglars and make it easy for them to enter into your home. It also means less garden care on your end, so it’s a double-win!
Consider a Security System
Locks are not enough to ensure your home is safe and protected. Installing a security system should be at the top of your list in regards to security upgrades. They alert your neighbours and the police if there is a potential break-in, and can prevent the thief from spending additional time in your home! There are numerous security systems to choose from, so make sure you find one that fits your needs and is the best for your home and budget.
The Bottom Line
Your home should be a safe place for you and your family. Prioritizing your home’s security and installing security features can save you the frustration and distress of coming home and discovering that your belongings have been stolen. Following any one of these tips will bring you one step closer to a more secure home.
With all these security upgrades, we understand that thefts can still happen. In those cases, we have got you covered. If you’re curious to learn about our home insurance packages, or you’d like to talk to us about your current coverage, we are always happy to chat!