6 easy and effective ways to secure your home
Recently secured your dream home? Although your first plans may be to begin decorating and making it your own, it’s worth also securing it by taking measures to deter any intruders from making their way into your new abode.
There are many easy and effective ways to secure your home that you can implement yourself throughout the property. Whilst you may wish to leave the installation of a home security system (for example) to the experts, the 6 tips in this blog are easy measures you’ll be able to take yourself. We hope you find our home security tips helpful.
Secure Doors & Windows
Doors and windows are common entry points for intruders, and although they’re built to be secure – it’s nonetheless worth checking over and replacing any existing locks when moving into a new property.
Changing the locks on the properties main doors should be a priory. Although the previous owners may have left you with the keys, there’s no guarantee that you have all of them, so be sure to get new locks fitted ASAP.
Once this is done, inspect windows and doors throughout the home thoroughly. To do this effectively, it may be useful to act as if you’re a burglar trying to break into your home. If you spot any potential access points from these areas which could be compromised, make sure to fix them!
Install Exterior Lights
Placing lights throughout the outside of your home is an easy way to improve the security of your home and deter potential intruders.
Consider installing LED lights at the front and back of your home if there’s none in place when you’ve moved in. A well-illuminated exterior can act as a deterrent, as potential unwanted guests are likely to avoid spaces where they can be easily spotted.
Keep Expensive Packaging out of sight
An effective way to reduce your properties attractiveness to potential thieves is to avoid leaving any packaging for expensive items recently purchased outside of your home and in sight of passers-by.
Although this tip is applicable throughout the whole year, the Christmas period of gift-giving means that you’re likely to have lots of gift packaging. Keep it out of sight by putting it in a bin or destroying it before disposing of it.
Keep Sheds and Garages Locked
The security of our sheds and garage doors can often be overlooked, as they’re spaces we may not frequent very often. Whilst they work as great storage places to keep possessions ‘out of sight, out of mind’ from the main home, they can also be a target for opportunists.
Consider checking the strength of the locks on your shed and/or garage. If they are weak install new ones for added security. If you have exterior lights installed, place one near the entrance for further deterrence. If you keep any valuables in these areas, cover any windows so they cannot be seen from the outside.
Install Security Cameras
Home security cameras have become popular in recent years, mostly due to becoming more affordable as technologies advanced. Although there can be cheap options, the security of your home is priceless – so it’s perhaps worth investing.
Make sure any cameras which have been installed are covering main entrances, walkways along the side of the property and the garden. To make them extra effective, use them in conjunction with sensor lights to make the picture clearer. Not only will these act as a deterrent, but you’re likely to obtain solid evidence in the event of a break-in.
Tighten up your Wi-Fi Security
Your home wireless network holds a lot of valuable information, so it’s important to make sure it cannot be compromised with ease. This can be difficult, as there are likely multiple devices connected to your network at a time, which can effectively spread the risk.
A key security measure which is essential for defending your network is to have a password-protected Wi-Fi router. Although many routers come pre-installed with one, make sure the password is strong. If a hacker is able to access your Wi-Fi network easily, your information is at risk. Consider using firewalls, anti-virus and anti-malware alongside this, as they also work as excellent layers of security.
We hope our tips will help keep your new home secure! However, if you are currently looking for a new home – you can check out our current listings here.