Your home is one of the places you feel most comfortable. After a long day at work, you head home, lie on your couch or bed and relax. It’s your safe place. As this is the case, you need to take the necessary security measures in order to ensure that your home is protected at all costs. No matter how safe the neighbourhood, you never know who could be passing by. You must protect yourself against attempted theft, in addition to natural disasters or any other unfortunate event. Consider even protecting your home against animals and pests with a free termite inspection so that your home and garden are not ruined. In order to effectively do all of this, there are a few steps you can follow. Keep in mind that these security measures should be adopted both indoors and out. More information on this specific topic can be found below.
This step is a classic security measure, and it involves setting up the best home security cameras. You want a camera that works well in a low light situation – one that has excellent facial recognition, and a high-resolution screen and video capacity. These cameras should be set up both indoor and out. While you are shopping for cameras, it is also worth noting that an alarm system, inside your house, will put your mind more at ease. A camera can only go so far, as although it will catch the burglar, it will not alarm your neighbours and anyone around the home that someone is inside. After you have purchased a security camera and system, you can move on to the next step.
Cover your windows by purchasing blinds. Some homes have more windows than others, and especially at night with the lights on, your house will look like a fishbowl. Anyone walking by can see everything inside, and for anyone who wishes to commit theft; the lack of blinds could be an invitation to steal that expensive TV near the window. Try to make sure your windows have facilities to keep them covered, specifically at night and when everyone in the home has gone to bed.
Secure doors and locks
In addition to security cameras and blinds, what is the use of any security measures if you don’t have secure locks? Never leave your home unlocked, and especially when it is unattended. Double-check the door behind you is locked every single time you leave the house, and make sure that the locks in place are secure (meaning it isn’t easy to lockpick). In addition to the door, it would be beneficial to install window locks. Although window blinds, as mentioned previously, are beneficial at night, anyone could still push them aside and hop in your home if they desired. Ensure all your locks are secure before you leave your home and go to bed.
Speak to neighbours
Through getting to know your neighbours, you are building a rapport with them so that they can also help you when needed. Imagine a situation where you aren’t home, and your security systems are not working. However, if your neighbours are home and they hear or see someone attempting to break into your home, they can take the necessary steps to call the authorities and alert you in the process. While it’s important to get to know your neighbours, for this reason, you should get to know them regardless as you could form a new friendship in the process.
Working outdoor lights
A home that has lights outside, especially at night, will give the impression that someone is home. If it appears that the home is not left unattended, the chances that someone would attempt to break in would drastically decrease. Setting up lights should not be a tedious task, and you can use lights as both a security measure and for your home design. While you are buying lights, consider what type would look good outside of your home, and how they would also compliment the landscape and garden around you.
Put up a fence
Putting up a backyard fence can both help keep intruders out and make your garden look spectacular. A fence in the backyard (and front yard if you so desire) will further help keep animals out at night. Animals that get in your backyard could ruin your garden, eat your vegetables and trample over your flowers. Furthermore, in the same way, your lights will compliment your home’s exterior, so can a fence. This task should not be a chore! You can make it fun by purchasing a chic fence that matches your home and personal taste. Add some pop of colour, some fancy materials, or create a DIY job where you purchase a white fence you decide to paint yourself.
Equipped with insurance
Equipping your home with the appropriate homeowners insurance is both a preventive measure and will assist you in the even a theft occurs. The type of home you have will affect the type of insurance you need. Consider the value of your possessions and your home in order to choose the best possible policy. Examples include dwelling coverage, personal property coverage, and liability insurance, among others. Speaking to financial advisers can further help you decide what type of insurance works best with your financial situation. Insurance could also help cover not only theft but if a natural disaster were to occur. Consider the location of your home when choosing the best insurance as well. Are earthquakes common? Is theft common? This can further help you choose the best option.
It’s always important to be prepared and secure your home should anything unfortunate happen. Theft and even natural disasters sometimes occur, and you must have the appropriate insurance, security systems, fences, locks, lights, blinds and so on that protect your home as best as possible. Of course, in the event of a disaster, your only saving grace will be your insurance, which is why you must choose the appropriate level of insurance based on your home and even location. Once you are fully equipped and have taken all of the necessary security measures, you can rest easier when you go to bed, and every single time you leave your home.