Perhaps you’ve yet to experience a burglary or a break-in, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. Even if you don’t personally know anyone that has been a victim of a burglary, that doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to being robbed sooner or later. Whether it’s your money, prized belongings or your favourite entertainment systems, thieves will swoop in and steal anything they can if you’re not careful.
Having your belongings stolen is a stressful time. It doesn’t matter if they didn’t manage to make it out with anything valuable either—just the thought of it happening will be enough to make you anxious whenever you leave your home. Even worse, you could be frightened of even being at home in case they come back to steal your belongings while you’re at home.
Prevent this from happening in the first place by policing your home properly. Don’t be afraid of the thieves that are threatening to steal your stuff and invade your property. Here are some practical tips on what to do and buy to keep your home safe and give you peace of mind.
Bolster Potential Entry Points
Your windows are likely the most vulnerable entry point to your home. They can probably be broken with anything from a common brick to a heavy boot. Protect your windows with a security screen that’s resistant to smashing, slashing and even bullets. There’s absolutely no chance that anyone can break into your windows with such a versatile and sturdy cover unless they use explosives or a drill.
You also want to make sure that your house entry points, mainly your front door and garden door, are secured with more than a single lock. You can also get much more sturdier gates and security doors to install into your home if you want extra protection. Keep in mind that balconies also serve as viable entry points into your house, but it might not be cost effective to install another door. Instead, you could deter thieves by using anti-climb paint or other deterrents instead.
In addition to securing your home’s entry points, you want to install some kind of security system as well in the event someone has stolen your keys or manages to break in. This type of installation is best done by a professional—you shouldn’t do this yourself. Security systems generally consist of a CCTV system that overlooks major entry points, an alarm and possibly a wireless internet setup that enables you to watch your cameras or upload the footage to a secure server.
Thanks to modern technology advances, it’s possible to link this footage with local authorities so that when your alarms ring, the police are automatically contacted and you’ll instantly get a notification on your phone or via email. This quick response time means that the thieves are less likely to get away with their crime, and thanks to your security footage you can identify the perpetrators more easily. Just remember that you need to manually switch off your alarm, so make sure your family members know how to switch it off so they don’t accidentally set it off.