5 Expert Home Security Tips
Homes are of such symbolic importance to many people because they are the one place where almost everyone can feel safe and secure. Most homeowners have a vague idea of what constitutes general home security but they are not sure of what methods to employ to maximize their home security. So, like the trusty experts we are, we put together a list of 5 Expert Home Security Tips for you to take advantage of.
- Replace Euro Cylinder Locks
Over the course of several years, Euro Cylinder Locks became the standard lock for residential doors across the United Kingdom. The locks that you use on the doors of your home are of extreme importance. Using the right locks can protect you from burglars and criminals who want to break into your home. Euro Cylinder Locks are susceptible to lock snapping which, as the name suggests, means snapping the cylinder of the lock to render it dysfunctional. Essentially, the use of a Euro Cylinder Lock on your door makes your home security extremely vulnerable. The best way to combat this danger is to simply replace the lock with one that is much more durable and is snap resistant or to upgrade the cylinder to an anti-snap cylinder.
- Buy A Dog
Dogs are not a foolproof method of preventing burglaries, but they do greatly increase the security of your home. Burglars are generally intimidated by anything that has the potential of alerting someone to their unwanted presence. This is why many burglars and criminals prefer to target homes that do not have any dogs or any security systems in place. A dog is not a replacement for a good security system, but they are an additional layer of security that homeowners should take advantage of. They will potentially scare burglars off or alert you to their unwanted presence in your home.
- Secure Your Windows
When it comes to the security of your home, your windows play a vital role. They are another entryway into your home and should always be kept secure. Reinforcing the glass is a great way to secure your windows. Glass windows can be reinforced by upgrading from regular glass to tempered glass. Tempered glass is designed to be stronger than normal glass and it stands up better to the onslaught of burglars. In lieu of using tempered glass, homeowners can employ the use of protective film over the windows they already have. The protective film makes it harder for your glass to shatter when blunt force is applied against it. There are many options available for protective films, so find out which one works best for your home.
- Increasing Visibility
Nothing is more inviting to burglars and criminals than the allure of not being seen. As a homeowner, it is imperative that you do not give the burglar this advantage. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure the exterior of your home is well lit. Well-positioned exterior lights allow you to see intruders from a good distance. It’s even better if the lights are motion sensor lights. These lights work really well to throw burglars off guard. In addition to these lights, it is a good idea for homeowners to have an unobstructed view from all sides of their property. Homeowners want to make sure that they do not have any overgrown shrubbery or trees blocking their line of sight and simultaneously giving burglars a place to hide.
- Consistent Housekeeping
An empty home is the equivalent of the jackpot to burglars. Exceptional home security functions well when there are people at home and when there aren’t. Many of the tips listed above work exceedingly well at this, but consistent housekeeping is one nifty little trick that throws burglars off. The crux of this comes down to never giving intruders the idea that your home is empty, even if it actually is. A good way to do this is to acquaint yourself with your neighbors or have trusted friends maintain the upkeep of your house when you are away. This entails someone checking your mail so it doesn’t pile up in the mailbox, as well as someone putting your trash bins out or taking them back in. Burglars are quick to pick up on little signs that homeowners might find insignificant, so it is important to leave no stone unturned and make sure that your absence isn’t obvious to people who might want to capitalize on it.
The importance of great and functional home security cannot be overstated and as security experts, part of our job is to make sure that homeowners know how to asses home security. We hope you make good use of these tips to increase the overall security of your home.
Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert locksmith on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.