Your home should be a place where you and your family feel safe and secure. But, in Australia, a burglary occurs every 3 minutes. As a result, you need to be proactive in protecting what matters most. There is some good news here: improving your home’s safety could be simpler than you think. Here are some simple home security hacks to improve the safety of your home.
Security cameras or a CCTV system can help identify burglars in case of a break-in. When visible at the front of your property, security cameras can also be a great deterrent, showing any potential intruders that attempting to enter your home carries a high level of risk.
You can use CCTV cameras as a standalone solution, or as part of a home security system. Many cameras can also be controlled remotely, so you can check on your home no matter where you are in the world.
You may think your spare key is well hidden, but burglars have an intuition for finding them; particularly as many people leave them in the same place, such as under a rock or under a flower pot. It’s not recommended that you leave a spare key outside your home at all, but if you must, you should place it at least 50 feet from your door.
Instead of hiding your key, it’s best to replace your keys with a keyless door lock that works with a home automation system. This way, a burglar can never gain easy access.
If your front door looks old or weak, your home may become a target for burglars who know they can gain access. Instead of a standard wooden door, consider investing in a steel core door or a security door. If a burglar notices these reinforcements, they’re less likely to attempt to break-in, opting for an easier target instead.
Ensure your prized possessions aren’t on view. Criminals want to spend as little time in a property as possible, because the longer they spend in your property, the higher the likelihood they’ll get caught. So ensure that jewellery, cash, electronic devices and other valuables are safely away from view.
By locking your doors (even when you’re in) and storing unused valuables in a safe, you’ll take a proactive approach to security, ensuring that your home is less of a target.
Plus, if a burglar thinks someone is home, there’s less of a chance that they’ll attempt a burglary. By controlling lights from a smart device, you’ll be able to create the impression someone’s home even if you’re on the other side of the world.
Speaking of which, if you’re going away for an extended period, remember to cancel any regular deliveries and arrange for someone to collect your post so the house appears lived in.
Although you’ll undoubtedly be focused on securing the inside of your home, you should also make every possible attempt to fortify your garage. It’s more than likely that your garage is home to a host of expensive tools, including a number of tools that could help an intruder break into your home.
Never leave the garage door open to allow people to see what’s inside, install motion sensors above the garage and ensure that the door has deadbolts on to keep everything safe and secure.
By following these top home security hacks, you’ll minimise your chances of becoming a burglary victim. For further information on any of the above advice, or for recommendations based on your unique circumstances, please call us on 1300 773 633 for a free security assessment and quote.