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How do I protect my home from intruders? This is perhaps the most important question for all homeowners. Fortunately, you don’t need to break your bank to keep burglars away from your home.
Read on to know inexpensive yet highly effective home security tips you should follow:
Tip 1: Keep your windows and doors closed before night or before leaving.
Windows are a common entry point for criminals. So, make sure your windows and doors are closed before going to bed at night and before leaving home.
Window latches are a great addition when it comes to the safety of your home. But if you think that the latches on your windows are ineffective and flimsy, then invest in aftermarket window locks.
Tip 2: Invest in good security systems, cameras, and sensors.
Technology has made it possible to make your homes secure. For example, you can remote control your door locks, vacuums, thermostats, and even pet feeders, using your smartphone. This helps prevent any unwanted happening while letting you control your home’s security on the go.
Invest in professional monitoring and home automation systems. Just make sure you choose them wisely. The most important security systems you need are motion detectors, a doorbell camera, door and window sensors, and a smoke detector. You should also consider buying a flood/leak detector, panic button, security cameras, and glass break sensors in your home.
Tip 3: Plant shrubs and trees to shield your house and garden cabin from unnecessary risks.
Besides the obvious functions of shade and aesthetics, trees protect your home from unwanted events. For example, large trees snap like twigs during natural disasters like hurricanes and floods.
Trees and shrubs along your property line provide privacy and look friendlier than a fence. In addition, trees nurture beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife, providing a resting place during migration and nesting opportunities. Thus, if you have a log cabin in your garden, trees and shrubs create a beautiful and secure atmosphere.
Tip 4: Maintaining a good relationship with neighbors.
Good neighbors watch out for other properties around them. Living in a proactive and friendly neighborhood increases the family’s safety and helps thwart criminal activities.
So, try maintaining good relationships with your neighbors, and some ways to do this are:
- Host street parties
- Always smile and say hello to your neighbors
- Offer help to elderly neighbors
- Offer to pick their mails or watch their pets while they’re away
All in all, try to maintain friendly and helping relationships with your neighbors to create a safe community.
Tip 5: Don’t give away your home information to strangers.
No matter what, never provide your home information to strangers. Most importantly, train your children and elderly to never share any information about the family or home with a stranger. You have to tell this to your kids again and again.
Ask your kids to never let any unfamiliar person in. This information can be anything like sleeping time of family members, door lock key, office timing of family, etc.
Finally, lock down your Wi-Fi network. This is because an insecure home wireless network can serve as a doorway to your personal and financial information.