One of the most common ways to protect your home is with surveillance cameras. However, there are many other tools you can use that can protect you and your family that are less invasive to your privacy.
Some quick fixes around the house will prevent a burglar from breaking in, or even fire from destroying your valuables. Keep reading for five effective ways to protect your home besides using a security camera.
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1) Purchase a Fireproof Safe
Fireproof safes are one of the best ways to prevent valuables from being destroyed in a fire. Before buying a fireproof safe, consider what you want to keep in it. If you want to store firearms, buy a bigger one. However, important documents, keys, jewelry, etc. will fit well into a smaller safe. Investing in a high-quality, fire- and waterproof safe will ensure your valuable files stay secure in any situation.
2) Add Extra Protection to Sliding Doors
Burglars love sliding doors because they are easy to break into. To prevent this, try putting a long piece of wood in the track of the door. This will prevent the sliding door from being forced open. You can also install a door sensor that will sound a loud alarm when tampered with. These extra security measures will make sure no unwanted visitors are entering your home.
3) Install Motion Detector Lights
Motion detector lights are a good way to know if anyone comes to your house at night. A light will come on every time something passes by the light, which can deter thieves. Most often, neighborhood cats set off the lights, but they are still effective to alert you that something is moving around near your property.
4) Lock Your Windows
Because of their easy access, windows are one of the most common entry points for burglars. That is also why you should lock your windows and test them to make sure they stay closed. Some window locks may not work correctly. If this happens, you should add extra security with a padlock or window sensor. When it comes to your windows, you should rather be safe than sorry!
5) Secure Your Garage Door
Sometimes, you can forget to close your garage door at night. By using technology such as a smart garage door opener, you never forget to secure your home. Plenty of valuable stuff is stored in your garage, so do not forget to protect that as well. It is also a good idea to cover your garage windows with curtains to prevent wandering eyes.
6) Leave the Lights On
By leaving a light or two on when you leave, burglars will think someone is home. Be sure not to run up your electricity bill and only leave one on at a time (and use energy-saving bulbs). Even a porch light is an effective way to deter thieves. You should also turn on different lights every time you go, so no one catches on to your trick.
7) Change All Your Locks
When moving into a new home, changing your locks should be a top priority. You don’t want anyone else to have access to your new abode. Switch the locks on your windows, doors, gates, and sliding glass doors to enhance your security measures.
Make Security a Priority
By investing in some outdoor lights or new locks, you will be able to deter most thieves. Buying a safe that is both waterproof and fireproof can prevent your important files from being stolen or destroyed.
You do not always have to set up a complicated and expensive home security system to protect your family. Simple measures like locks, lights, and safes can make all the difference.