The Basics of Home Security

I found myself thinking about home security recently. An article came out in the news that involved a man trying to gain access to homes during the night in the area around my home; and it got me thinking about the security of my home.

I believe that most people feel confident that they know the basics of home security. For example, they know to:

  • keep all doors locked;
  • have a light on in the house while away; and,
  • never hide a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat.

Yet, almost a million and a half properties get burglarized in North America each year. So how can you prevent that from happening to your home? Check out below for some other well known and some lesser known home security tips.

Home security 101

Home security
  • Never hide a key outside! Thieves do actually know where to look. It’s a better idea to make sure that all family members have a key or that you install a safe and secure lockbox.
  • Surprising fact – around 40% of household burglaries do not involve forced entry. The thief is able to slip in through an unlocked window or door.
  • Thieves will attempt to force entry through sliding-style doors and windows first. Make sure these have a locking bar or extra bolt lock.
  • Believe it or not, a large proportion of home burglaries occur during the day. So be vigilant about making sure doors and windows are locked while you are out during the day.
  • Thieves are not daring. They are often times more likely to target a home without an alarm system.
  • Install security cameras. Either on their own (with – of course – an app!) or as part of the alarm system mentioned above.
  • Don’t show off possessions! An imported racing bike parked next to the garage, or expensive audio equipment clearly seen through a window, is an invitation to burglars.
  • Also, don’t leave your purse or wallet by the front door and try to make sure you keep the keys for your car out of sight as well.
  • Take a look at the lighting and landscaping around your property. Are there spots where a thief could easily hide? If so, make some changes.
  • When planning a trip, have a trusted neighbour pick up newspapers, flyers and anything else that may accumulate at your door.
  • Consider installing a safe. Remember that you need to have it installed properly (bolted to the floor or something equally as secure). If you get a safe that can easily be picked up and moved a thief will do just that!

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