When you spend a little money on your home, what is it usually for? You might dole out a few bucks for new artwork for the living room or a nice Persian rug for the hallway. You also have no problem spending your hard-earned money on new furniture and the latest gadgets for the kitchen. But what all too many of you don’t do is spend some money on much-needed security upgrades for your home.
Seriously, it has probably been quite a long time since you have upgraded the locks on your home, replaced an old door with one that is stronger and safer or even had a deadbolt lock installed. If you want to protect all of the great things you are buying for your home, like that Persian rug for example, then you should spend the money and take the time to better secure your home.
There are ways to add security to your home at any budget. Bostons Locksmith, your car locksmith in Boston, offers easy ways in which you can better secure your home.
Get A Security System
Professionally installed security systems are one of the best ways to make your home more secure. A professionally monitored system will notify you via phone call, text or email and dispatch authorities should the need arise.
You can also get home security systems through other companies, like Comcast for example, who offers various features depending on how much you want to pay.
At the very least, you should be getting a security system that you have to set up yourself and monitor with an app.
Know Where Your Keys Are
If you hand out a key to your home for whatever reason, make sure you get it back. For example, when a visiting cousin stays with you, it’s fine to loan a house key, just make sure that when company leaves, your key is back where it belongs.
It is also not a good idea to stash a key somewhere outside in case of an emergency or a lockout. You can bet that there are thieves out there who know where people hide their house keys. And you are seriously mistaken if you think your hiding spot is foolproof. We have news for you; it’s not.
Good exterior lighting gives your home a great appearance, they also uncover potential hiding spots where a burglar might claim stake until the family leaves or goes to bed. A good outdoor light with motion activation is essential for added home security.
Get A Deadbolt
The cost of a deadbolt is nothing compared to the losses you would suffer in the event of a break-in. As you might know, the majority of break-ins involve forced entry, so your front door is a likely target. After looking for a hidden spare key, many burglars will simply attempt to kick in your front door.
A deadbolt makes forced entry much harder and could very well prevent a break-in.
Reinforce Sliding Doors
Many homeowners overlook adding extra security for their sliding doors. Sliding doors are one of the first places a thief will try to breach. Most sliding doors are concealed from view as they are usually in the back of the house and they are exceptionally quiet doors. The easiest way to beef up the security of these types of doors is to place a wood or metal rod in the track to keep burglars out.
Trim Trees And Shrubbery
Overgrown bushes and trees are great places for burglars to hide out. Make these places less desirable by keeping them neatly trimmed. It is especially important that you keep trees and bushes near doors and windows trimmed.
In fact, you should take a look at your yard and discover any places that would make a good hiding spot and eliminate it.
Get A Dog
Dogs are protective and noisy and burglars despise them. They also have teeth and that alone will deter many thieves. If you aren’t a dog person, you can fake it by putting up a “beware of dog” sign in your front yard.
Lock Up Tools And Ladders
Don’t make things easier for a burglar by having tools and a ladder laying about your yard. Ladders that get left out present an easy opportunity for a break-in. And tools you have lying around can be used to pry open windows and doors. It is a good idea to lock tools and ladders in your garage or shed.
Change Your Locks
Most people only think about changing their locks after they have been broken into. Changing out the locks on your home is one of the easiest ways to add security. Even if you are sure there isn’t a rogue key to your house out there somewhere, modern locks are more secure than old locks.
If you are interested in changing your locks, give Bostons Locksmith a call.