There are a lot of great things about owning a home. You get to decorate it however you like. It builds equity over time. You get to take advantage of tax deductions. Taking care to protect your home is essential. Here are a few easy ways that you can make it safer.
Add Exterior Lighting
The last thing that anyone looking to break into your home wants it to get caught in the spotlight. They want to go undetected, so make it harder for them to do so by adding some exterior lighting up your landscape. Install motion-activated lights to your home. You can also brighten up walkways and other areas around your house (and save money!) with solar lights.
Install a Security System
Today, you have several options when it comes to security systems. You can have a system professionally installed or install one yourself. Many options come with home monitoring, extra features like smoke and carbon monoxide detection, and smart capabilities. You can also install smart security cameras and a smart doorbell, which allows you to check the perimeter of your home from your phone, no matter where you are. Assess your needs to find the best option for your home.
Reinforce Your Doors and Windows
Would-be burglars might try the obvious entry points first, such as your doors or windows. Make it harder for them to get inside by securing these vulnerable areas.
Some things to consider include:
- Installing a deadbolt.
- Upgrading to a smart lock.
- Reinforcing glass with security film.
- Installing glass break sensors.
- Planting prickly bushes under easy-to-access windows.
Check Your Garage
Many criminals bypass the doors and windows and go for a less obvious entry point – your garage. Even if they can’t get into your actual house, they can still steal valuable items from this area.
Make it harder for burglars to get into your garage. Just closing the door isn’t enough. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, break-ins can still occur. Make sure that your doors are in good condition. If necessary, get garage door spring repair or install (and use) locks. Upgrade your opener to a smart garage door opener. You should also cover windows and make sure that valuables are out of sight.
Secure Your Internet
Don’t forget about your home internet. Even if burglars can’t get into your house, cybercriminals can get into your network and steal sensitive information such as credit card information, social security numbers, and account passwords. Take steps to secure your network. Change the default name and password. Ensure that you have a firewall and antimalware software set up. Protect your wireless network with a strong, unique password. You should also activate network encryption. The more you do to protect your network, the harder it becomes for hackers to gain access, helping you to ensure that all of your most sensitive data is kept safe.
Your home is a place that should make you feel safe. Taking steps to improve security can help you to ensure that you and your family are protected.