3 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Improve Your Home's Security

Posted on: 26 January 2016

For many Australian homeowners, the security of their home is a very serious issue. Keeping precious loved ones and treasured belongings safe is a top priority, yet many people's homes are far less secure than they should be. This leaves them vulnerable to being burgled and may put their family at risk of injury or death from an intruder. Here are three simple ways that you can make your home more secure and safe.

1. Install a home security system

A home security system is one of the most effective ways of protecting your home. Not only does it provide a warning system if your home's entrances are tampered with, it a will also provide a visible and effective deterrent for would-be burglars.

Just how elaborate your home security system needs to be is dependent on the size of your home and the size of your budget. Keypad entry, door and window sensors, and on call security back-up are generally standard features. You may also wish to include internal and external security cameras and motion sensor flood lights, especially if you have a large home and garden with areas that are not easily viewed from the interior of your home.

2. Reinforce your front door

If you have a hollow core front door which is fairly easy for a burglar to smash through, then you should consider replacing it. A solid metal door is the sturdiest option and will be the most impenetrable front door you can choose. A solid, hardwood, timber door is the next best, and generally more readily available, option.

To further reinforce your front door, it's a good idea to install good quality deadlocks and metal kick plates around the lock and hinges. This will prevent the door from being kicked in or being removed with a drill.

3. Get a guard dog (or at least pretend to)

A large dog with a loud bark and large teeth for a large bite will definitely make an intruder think twice about entering your home unlawfully. If you're not a dog lover, or prefer a smaller and less frightening pooch, then you'll be relieved to know that you can simply fake it.

Install a beware-of-the dog sign on your gates and front door. When intruders are canvassing a neighbourhood, even the possibility of a large dog in a home is enough to rule that property out as a candidate for burglary. You can even get motion sensors which set off a pre-recorded dog bark if someone tries to enter your property.

Feeling safe and secure in your home and knowing that your home is well protected when you're away is important. Fortunately, it's also easy to achieve by following the above home security tips.


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