You love your home and your family, and sometimes that’s not the easiest position to be in! As I’m sure you’re aware, making sure your home is totally secure, but beautiful at the same time, isn’t the easiest thing in the world. After all, I don’t know of many prisons with great curb appeal! Here, I’ve listed a few of the subtler ways you can ensure your home is secure.
New Locks, Doors and Windows
Your doors and windows are the main weak spots of the home, which burglars will use to gain entry if they decide your home is worth the effort. A lot of people aren’t aware of this, but many burglars are more opportunistic than what you’d call “career criminals”. Your locks, doors and windows looking old and used rather than new and sturdy can sometimes make all the difference. Aside from that, a new door or set of windows can do a huge amount to spruce up the exterior of your home! Start looking at some new doors, window security screens, or even just the locks themselves. If completely new features like this aren’t within your budget, then consider a new paintjob instead. Often, a door only has to look sturdy to keep criminals away!
You probably know that lighting is one of the most cost-effective ways to manipulate the look and overall mien of a home. Aside from that, it can also be an extremely powerful deterrent for would-be burglars! Gloomy, heavily shaded driveways are always a magnet for burglars looking to break into your garage and steal anything of value. Aside from that, it will give them somewhere to hide while they stake out your home, and try to determine the best way to attempt a burglary. Take some time to think about any areas like this around your home, and then invest in some security lighting to discourage opportunistic thieves. Even if you’re not at home, this will serve to tell burglars that your house isn’t worth the risk!
Curtains and Blinds
While burglars are certainly vicious and selfish, the majority aren’t stupid, and won’t break into a house without weighing up the potential value against the risk of getting caught. With this in mind, it’s very important that you take steps to hide any TVs, games consoles, computers, tablets and so on from view. If you keep any of these burglar magnets in your front room, take a moment to think about how easy it is to see them from the street. Covering up your valuables with a new set of curtains or blinds could be one of the simplest and most effective ways to minimise the chances of your home being burgled, so start looking! If you want protection around-the-clock, try looking at some window treatments that are designed for privacy, though still letting the light in.
If you wanted to make your home more secure, without turning it into Fort Knox, I hope that these tips have shown you a good middle-ground.