Setting up a new home can be a hugely exciting time. Whether it’s by choosing fixtures or installing furniture, design and decoration are most people’s top priority, and for good reason.
However, with all the excitement of home improvements, one thing can often fall to the wayside: home security. Even though the topic sounds much less exciting than its more aesthetically focused alternatives, making sure a home is safe and secure for you and your family should be your top priority. Below is a list of the 5 best ways to keep a home safe and secure to help you sleep a little easier at night.
Make Sure Everything is Locked
It sounds really obvious, but unlocked doors and windows are actually the most common point of entry for burglars. When moving into a new home, it is worth making sure that all the locks on windows, doors and those in the garage are secure. Try to make a lock-up routine that can get you in the habit every night. When it comes to the front door, it is worth particular consideration. It has been reported that 34% of burglars simply stroll in through the front door. Upon moving into a house, it is worth inspecting all exterior doors, making sure the frames and hinges are strong. Be aware of mail slots also, if they are large they could be used to reach inside and unlock the door. You should also consider changing the locks to ensure the previous owner is unable to access the house.
Invest in a home security system
For those who are often out of the house, a home security system is the best way to ensure peace of mind. There are many options out there when it comes to home security, but leading the market are the smart systems. These allow a homeowner to view video footage of their home, as well as set alarm systems and lighting preferences. Security solutions such as the Viper Electric offer other state of the art features such as changing light brightness and checking the status of door locks.
Focus More on Your Garage
Use of the garage as an access point into the home is becoming ever popular with criminals, 10% of burglars use the garage to find a way into the house. Remember that if the garage doesn’t allow them access to the rest of the house, your garage belongings (including your car) can be liable to being stolen. Some ways to protect any garage are to include it in your smart home security solution, cover the windows and doors so burglars are unable to see inside and to invest in a quality lock.
Create A Secure Wi-Fi Network
Even if a criminal is not able to physically gain access to your home, they are still able to steal your money and financial information completely electronically. Try renaming your Wi-Fi router, creating a new password and making it invisible for those not already connected. These will all help protect you against virtual crimes.
Get A Safe
In the unlikely event that a criminal has managed to get past your other security measures, keeping valuables protected in a safe can be a lifesaver. Having a home will give you a place to store everything, from passports and other vital documents to jewellery and family heirlooms.
When it comes to choosing a safe, pick one that is fire-resistant and waterproof as well as physically being heavy enough to ensure a thief is not able to walk away with it.