In chaotic times, people feel the greater need to be secure. And we can find no greater evidence to this than the pandemic itself. As the virus hit town bringing about a “new order” to the way we live, people bought more guns than before. Approximately 3 million more guns were bought in America in the first months of the pandemic last year. Of course, we all hope those guns calm fears and not stoke them.
Making matters worse, there seems to be an all-time increase in hate crimes. A lot of people of Asian origins are being physically and verbally abused all over America. Indeed, there is a growing concern for the Asian hate crimes currently on the rise with no signs of letting up.
It’s paramount then that with all these happening, you should take your safety very seriously. This means you should do all you can to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home.
Then again, there is no one-shoe-fits-all solution to guarantee your home is kept from danger once it has been chosen as a target. But to boot, you should not ensure your house is not some sitting duck that any unscrupulous individual can barge into by hook or by crook. You have to take all the necessary preventive measures to ensure that your home is not selected as a target.
The good news is there are ways you can bolster the security of your precious abode. As the saying goes, prevention is definitely better than cure. Below are expert tips to keep your home safe and not exposed to burglars.
Lighting Is Everything
First things first, make sure you have bright lighting. Usually, criminals go for dark or not-so-bright places that seem to be empty when searching prospective target locations.
If your home is well-lit, it becomes more visible to your neighbors and passersby. Leaving some interior lights on even when you are not home is highly recommended.
This is to create the impression that there is someone in the house and this would stop criminals from making your home a target.
You can also consider getting a spotlight camera that can be used for surveillance and lighting.
Make Entry Difficult
This can seem like a piece of cake, but then some small details can make criminals consider your home to be a very good target for their schemes.
Some of these details include poorly secured or thin windows, garage doors that can be easily opened, or doors with inexpensive door locks.
However, it is possible to get these things fixed. Make sure you get new door knobs with deadbolts, thick windows that have noticeable locked latches, and fortified garage doors.
Moreover consider getting high-security doors and windows. With high-quality craftsmanship and expertise, steel doors and window frames can be equipped with bulletproof material that makes it impervious to ballistic attack (e.g., handgun, rocks, stones). Even better, these apertures can be made aesthetically appealing to give you a clear vision and let natural light in.
If your door or window is difficult to break through, burglars would be less confident about having a successful operation in your home. And this will make them seek another target. Any entry seems to look like an easy point of entry, it most likely is.
Do Not Showcase Valuables
Another vital thing that needs to be put into consideration is the accessibility and visibility of your costly and large items. It is imperative to remember this when you are tidying up and putting the yard in order.
Generally, expensive items like a lovely car that is visibly parked close to the home, a new grill, or a riding mower, will attract criminals.
If they notice any expensive item around or close to your home, they will presume that there are other expensive items inside as well.
So, keep your valuables, like your jewelry, cash, guns, etc., away from curious eyes. Keep them in a safe that can be bolted into a wall or to the ground.
Home Security Systems
To add to the things mentioned already, you need to consider getting a home security system, if you don’t have one yet. This would not only restrain the criminals but will also notify you and the necessary authorities of any break-in.
When getting a home security system, there are some things you need to put into consideration and look out for. One of those things is the capacity for the magnetic sensors that can be mounted on your windows.
You need to make sure that the home security system is simple to use and can easily be maintained. It should be user-friendly. You can also go for the ones that can be monitored from a laptop or phone.
Your safety is far too important and should not be treated lightly. And that should include keeping your loved ones, home, and belongings in good order. When you do, you should rest easy knowing everything is where it should be at home.