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5 Simple Steps To Increase Home Security

Home security is no doubt extremely important no matter where you live. It could be burglars, natural disasters, or a fire started by an old radiator or poorly positioned heater.  There are plenty of threats that could lay waste to your property, not to mention cause you serious injury. This is why you should take home security very seriously. Here are some simple tips that, when followed, may materially decrease your home security risks.

Home Security Tips

1. Use technology to control your home.

Home security technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years, so now we have the means to control the security of our homes even if we’re not there. If you have the luxury of building a home from the ground up, make sure you have it pre-wired for a home security system if you can’t have one installed immediately. This will make it easier for you when you’re ready to hook up your home with a security alarm system. The more uncomplicated the alarm system is, the better for you as you do not want to have to work through a complicated one when you need it in an emergency.

2. Secure your keys.

Key Safe A key safe is better than a pot plant!

It’s kind of cute when people hide their keys under rocks or flower pots, but it’s not really safe. You can still leave your keys outside your home but you can protect it better by using key safes. These small key safes can be securely bolted to a wall or somewhere out of site, are weather-resistant and they can only be unlocked with a code that you will set.

If you wish to skip using a key altogether, you can install a keypad lock. This lets you secure a door with a lock by having it opened only by people who know the correct keypad code.

3. Take fire prevention seriously.

Fire Extinguisher

Alarm systems and secure locks may keep unwanted people out, but there are also threats that could come from within your own home.  In particular, fires and build up of carbon monoxide are lethal dangers we see happen on the news every day.  Make sure you have fire extinguishers and fire blankets ready in your home, in areas where they are easily accessible.  Areas near the kitchen and the bedroom are ideal storage places for these items.  The ability to be able to fight a fire before it gets out of control is often the difference that can save your home - and your lives.

Of course, a fire alarm system is also a recommended device. A carbon monoxide detector is also a good device to install in your home as it can detect carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, when it builds up. Carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless, so there really is no way of saying there is a build-up unless you have a detector monitoring your home.

4. Be Big Brother.

If you want to see everything that’s going on in your home, inside and outside, security cameras would be a good investment. When installing these cameras, make sure the areas they will be covering are well lit.

Installing intercom systems or video intercom systems is a great complement to security cameras as you would not have to go out of the house when talking to strangers at your gate or door.

5. Enforce entrances to your home.

It’s one thing to reinforce your doors, but don’t forget about the windows which can also become entrances for intruders. Thicker and laminated windows are great for added security against intruders, not to mention high winds.

Some of these tips may seem extreme especially if you’re living in a really nice neighborhood, but you’ll never know when some of the bad guys, including forces of nature, might pay you a visit.

Better safe than sorry, right?

photo credit: DeWitt Clinton
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