- Reinforce glass with window security film
- Install window or glass break sensors
- Add window bars
- Plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows (but be sure to keep them trimmed)
Top 10 Ways to Secure Your Home
1 ~ Secure the Doors
Don’t help a burglar stroll in through the front door (34% of them do!).² Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and—if your door has a mail slot—that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door. Here are the quick reinforcements we recommend to help you shore up these vital entryways.
2 ~ Lock the Windows
Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately, manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective—and sometimes they’re downright flimsy. If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, beef up security with locks or key-operated levers. But you don’t have to stop there. We have some other good ideas to help make your windows burglar-proof.
3 ~ Light Up the Landscape
Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Keep bad folks at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps. Make your outdoor security lights even more effective with these tips.
4 ~ Don’t Forget the Garage
This entry point to your home is becoming more popular with criminals. And even if they can’t access your house, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage—both interior and exterior. You may also consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way a burglar can’t grab it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of delivery people, neighbors, or anyone else. Here are some more easy ways to secure the garage.
5 ~ Set Up a Security System
Your new home should have some form of a security system, whether it’s a basic DIY system or one that comes with professional monitoring and home automation. Today there are plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection. To choose a system that you’re comfortable with, evaluate the needs of your neighborhood and your house. You can contact your local police department for neighborhood crime statistics and help doing a home security evaluation of your home. And keep these factors in mind as well:
6 ~ Lock Down Your Wi-Fi Network
Your home wireless network is a doorway to your personal and financial information. And if you use home automation, it can also make your house vulnerable to a break-in. Use our tips and tricks to keep hackers off your home network.
7 ~ Eliminate Hiding Places
Trees and shrubs may give your house curb appeal, but they also give burglars a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover. Opt for smaller flowers and bushes instead. If you have trees near windows, either remove them or reinforce those windows with extra security. And don’t neglect the rest of your home’s exterior—use these best practices to keep things locked up tight.
8 ~ Add Security Cameras
9 ~ Get a Safe
10 ~ Use Home Automation