In these uncertain times, we all want to feel safe – it is a perfectly natural response to a situation that is beyond our standard realm of control so it is a normal reaction that almost everyone is having. The statistics on home invasions in the US are terrifyingly clear – 3 homes are burglarized every minute. We all want our homes to be secure so we can sleep easier at night knowing we have done everything in our power to keep our families safe. There is a multitude of different ways you can achieve this without breaking the bank, here are my top 5:
1. Switch to Email:
This one might seem a little out of left-field but having your mail sent to you digitally will stop your post-box from filling up and making it seem like you aren’t home. If you can’t switch everything to digital then at least make sure you are regularly emptying it, by doing that you will be less likely to be a target for burglars.
2. Install A Home Security System:
The most effective protection for your home is a good quality alarm system. Alarm systems warn you of any intruders on your property even before a break-in occurs. Modern technology has allowed the home security industry to offer some of the most advanced alarm systems that have ever been made, including ones that can be controlled by a central digital hub conveniently from your smartphone – you can even control your smart appliances and smart thermostat through that hub.
3. Secure Your Patio Doors:
The first way to secure your patio doors is by adding another lock. The standard locks that come with sliding or folding doors are often not enough to prevent burglars from breaking in, you should look at installing additional patio door bolts because they are inexpensive and yet effective. Make sure you also install alarm sensors on your patio doors and any other doors that lead outside.
4. Close Curtains at Night:
Do you remember going window shopping with your parents as a child – that feeling of picking out everything you want and how it felt like you could just magically reach inside and take what you wanted? Leaving your curtains or blinds open at night will be the same thing for any intruders that may be lurking. It is so much safer to hide your possessions instead of displaying them for everyone to see exactly what you have inside. Closing your curtains at night will keep your home safer and help you sleep better.
5. Add A Peephole or Door Viewer:
Peepholes and door viewers are some of the greatest inventions ever made! They allow you to see who’s on the other side of your door without you having to open it. Doorbell cameras serve the same purpose, they’re simply a fancier version of the tried and tested peephole. You can opt for the more high-tech route with a camera that will allow you to see who is on your doorstep even when you are not at home, or you could stick to the simple glass peephole.