Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their home. However, not all of us have the available funds to pay for a sophisticated, state-of-the-art security system in order to give them complete peace of mind. Luckily, there are a number of low-cost options that homeowners can take to improve the safety of them and their family and the security of their belongings and property. Let’s take a look at these five affordable changes.
Be vigilant with locks
Whenever you move into a new home, one of the first things you should do is change the locks on all the doors. You have no may of knowing who has a set of keys to your new property. Additionally, you will need locksmith services if ever a home key goes missing. If locks on doors or windows are old or faulty, consider upgrading them or adding additional locks. Always keep doors and windows locked overnight and when you leave your property, even if it’s only for a short amount of time.
Strong window treatments
If you have no or limited window coverings at home, passers-by may be able to see into your property spotting items of value. While it’s important to protect your home from potential thieves, you should aim to strike a balance between protecting and enjoying your property. If your blinds are too thick, no natural light will get in, and you will feel like you are living in a cave. A happy balance can be achieved with treatments like slatted blinds as they let plenty of light in but limit visibility for passers-by. It’s also important to use your window coverings sensibly. In the evening and when you are not at home, keep treatments down or drawn.
Outdoor lighting fitted with motion sensors is another affordable and effective home security option. These will come on at night whenever there is activity outside your property. Just their presence can be enough to keep potential thieves at bay.
It’s all in the timing
If you are going to be away from your home for longer than a day, it is a good idea to put timers on your lights, TV, and music players. These will come on intermittently so that it appears to outsiders that the home is occupied. This could reduce your risk of your home being broken into.
Team up with neighbors
Working as a team with your neighbors can help you to feel more secure at home. If you have a good trusting relationship with them you may wish to let them know when you are going to be away so they can keep an eye on your property for you, and vice versa. You may also want to check whether there is a neighborhood watch in your area that you could join, and if not, set up.
We hope you have found one or more security options within this post that is accessible to you. Once you have taken measures to improve security, you will have peace of mind and be able to relax and enjoy your home.