Keeping our homes safe and secure from intruders is one of the most pressing challenges that many of us face on a daily basis, yet it is also something that we tend to ignore or put our heads in the sand about. Naturally, you do not need to go overboard and install CCTV cameras throughout your home and garden, but there are some basic changes you can make in your daily routine to give you peace of mind that you have done everything possible to prevent a break-in.
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Change the locks on the doors.
When we move into a new home, it is common for us to pay little attention to who might be in possession of a set of keys that will allow us to enter. The previous homeowners or tenants may still have one in their possession, and they may have given copies to neighbours, family members, and acquaintances as well. When you move into a new home, one of the first tasks you should complete is having the locks changed, preferably to a Mul T Lock deadbolt. In an ideal scenario, you should be performing this procedure every time you lose a set of keys or every couple of years simply to ensure that there is no outside entry into your home. This appears to be an overreaction on your part, but it will keep you safe in the future if you follow through.
Take a look at the windows and doors.
Door and window entry are the most common points of entry for intruders into a house or apartment. Consider using window locks, if you have them, to ensure that your windows are properly secured every time you leave the house and at night. The time has come for you to consider having your windows and doors replaced if you have noticed that they are not closing as cleanly and quickly as you would like, or if a simple push can get you into your home (which is convenient if you are locked out, but not so convenient if other people can get in).
Install a home security system
When you are away from your home, a home security monitoring system can provide you with peace of mind. It monitors your home around the clock, and if something triggers the alarm, you will be notified, and if it is someone who should not be in your home, the appropriate emergency agencies will be notified.
Make an effort to avoid following a predictable pattern.
Although the thought may be disconcerting, you never know who is keeping an eye on you at any given time. The vast majority of break-ins are carried out under the presumption that you are not at home - but how can they determine this? Some burglars will keep an eye on your home and take note of the times you leave and return to the property in order to piece together a picture of your daily routine with your permission. Obviously, work schedules and other obligations such as school runs and shopping trips make this difficult, but if at all possible, invite a neighbor or a friend to drop by at odd points during the day to help break up the monotony a little.
Although you can never completely eliminate the possibility of someone breaking into your home, there are steps you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening.
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