Top Tips to Improve Home Security

Top Tips to Improve Home Security

    

Home security, especially when you live in a highly populated area with crime, is very important for the well being of you and your family. Installing extensive security systems and alarms don't have to be as daunting, time-consuming, and expensive as they seem. Simple things like cameras and fences can make huge differences when it comes to your welfare.

Install Security Cameras

One of the most common items people install on their houses are security cameras. However, many of these can be unreliable from their use of the Internet. Security cameras that use cell services are the much better bet, as you can use them in places that don't have access to Wi-Fi, like barns or cabins located far away. These cell service cameras are just as convenient as ones that require Internet. Cellular service can still provide you with a live feed on your smartphone through an app and footage downloaded directly to your devices.

Use Outdoor Lights 

A great way to scare off a potential invader is to use outdoor lights. Many lights outside turn on with motion, so it is easy to intimidate someone trying to break in with lights since they don't want to be seen. These tools aren't expensive either. It can cost you as little as 20 dollars for a very valuable home security feature.

Keep Garage Doors Closed


Though this tip may seem basic, a lot of people forget to close garage doors! Leaving this door open gives attackers a direct point of entry into your house. Make sure you always close the garage after pulling in, and double check that it's closed before you go to sleep. It is much better to be safe than sorry from a simple mistake.

Close Curtains AND Blinds

Opening your blinds and curtains makes it easy for people to look into your house and see something you would rather not share with the world. This can give potential invaders the opportunity to scope out your house and possibly plot sneakier ways to break in. Keeping drapes and blinds shut over your windows not only gives you privacy, but safety as well.

Install Cameras On Your Door 

Small security cameras installed on your door are a great way to see who is knocking on your door. Peepholes can keep you secure as well, but these devices give you the freedom to check whatever and whoever is outside in front of your house at all times and from anywhere. Remember never to open the door when you don't know who they are or if you fear for your safety.

Keep Extra Keys Secure

Under potted plants and doormats are very obvious and insecure places to keep a spare key. Intruders can usually find these keys and break in with ease, especially when you aren't at home. It is a much better choice to keep your spare keys with family members, in a safe place in your home, or with a neighbor you can trust. 

Hide Your Valuables


It's a common mistake to leave large amounts of money or other valuable items in plain sight or in drawers. Instead of these obvious locations, store your cash in places an intruder wouldn't expect, like a cereal box or another inconspicuous location. When in doubt, keep it in a locked cabinet that only you have the key for.

Home protection isn't always straightforward, and it's best to do your research when protecting your home and family. Cameras and lights are great to secure your valuables, but make sure to take care of the little things like extra keys or curtains.

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