Being a homeowner means more than just being able to purchase and maintain a property. It also means being able to protect it along with its contents. In order to do this, you need to develop an in-depth understanding of your home’s security. This doesn’t mean just investing in various protection measures but also developing an appropriate mindset that will allow you to keep your home safe for years to come. With that in mind and without further ado, here are the top six issues you need to address (that you have probably overlooked) in order to make your home as secure as possible.
Home Security: A powerful deterrent
Sometimes, it’s enough for your home security to appear ironclad in order to avoid unwanted attention. In other words, having a sturdy alarm system, a reliable surveillance system and brand-new doors and windows will make any burglar think twice about attempting to breach your home. In other words, paradoxical as it may sound, investing in the security of your home will almost ensure that all these measures are never really put to test. In other words, it provides you with much-needed peace of mind.
Replacing the lock as soon as possible
The biggest problem with moving into a new place lies in figuring out who else has the key to your front door. You see, previous tenants may have additional copies (the ones that they’ve failed to return) but if they haven’t replaced the lock upon moving in, there’s no telling how many people have the key. Friends, significant others, ex-liaisons and coworkers of previous tenants may also have the key to your home, which is more than unsettling. So, upon moving in, you might want to replace the lock. The majority of specialized locksmiths also offer an emergency lockout service, which means that you’ll know exactly who to call if there’s any trouble in the future.
In the future, you may want to invest in learning some locksmithing skills, so you can bail yourself out of lock emergencies without spending extra money. Lock pick sets for beginners, locksmith tools and supplies, and lock picking video tutorials are readily available online. Anyone can learn as long as they put in the time and effort to understand and practice the tricks and techniques of the trade.
Tending to the surroundings
The surrounding of your home, including its landscape, may pose a significant problem when it comes to security. Why? Well, because ill-placed shrubbery may obstruct the view of your surveillance system. Furthermore, it might provide potential burglars with cover, which will make sneaking up to the place a lot easier. The simplest way to avoid this is to do some landscaping and install outdoor lights. When it comes to sustainability, motion sensor LED fixtures are definitely your safest choice. Also, covering the ground with gravel may produce a sign that someone is sneaking up to your home.
Integration of cybersecurity
One of the biggest problems of home security in the 21st century lies in the fact that more and more security measures are smart, while the bulk of homeowners don’t know the first thing about cloud security. They either ignore software or hardware upgrades. You see, home security technology is advancing at a rapid pace and the last thing you want is to entrust your own safety and that of your family, to an outdated measure. Also, the more you know, the better protected your household will be.
Pay attention to your own behavior
Even the best measures are worthless if you are the one compromising the safety of your own household. Announcing on social media that no one will be at home in the following several weeks is a horrible idea, yet, a lot of people do just that. Giving the alarm password to untrustworthy people and not screening who you’re hiring to house-sit for you are even worse. Even if you need someone to water your plants or walk your dog while you are away, you need to take a lot of things into careful consideration. In other words, your own judge of character and care are key factors in keeping your home secure.
Another thing worth keeping in mind is special circumstances. For instance, if you have a construction team, a plumber, or a team of fumigators at your place, you might want to be extra careful. First of all, while parts of your home are underworks, you may be unable to lock them or seal them properly. Second, you might need to give these craftsmen spare keys, which is yet another concern. So, before agreeing to anything, make sure to do background checks on the team that you’re hiring.
As you can see, the list ranges from properly preparing your home prior to moving in, all the way to learning how to act before going on a vacation. While some of these steps may seem difficult, restricting, or even inconvenient, the end goal is more than worth it. Keeping your home and therefore your entire family safe is always a top priority. This alone is worth any investment or effort. With this kind of motivation, increasing the security of your household shouldn’t be difficult.
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