Home security has to be a priority, but it can be overwhelming to think about. The good news is that managing home security can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few simple steps that you can take that will make your home more secure.
Remember to Lock Your Windows
It may seem like a good idea to keep your windows open at night to let the cool breeze in, but it is better to make sure all the windows are secured before you head to bed. Locked windows and doors are your first line of defense against unauthorized entry. Another benefit of keeping your windows closed? You can save some money on your energy bill. It’s estimated that about 25%-30% of heating and cooling energy costs can be attributed to energy losses and gains through windows.
Set Up a Door Bar at Night
It’s estimated that there’s one burglary every 13 seconds. According to the FBI, about 56.7% of burglaries are through forceful entry. A door bar can beef up the security of your entry door. Door bars are very easy to install, anyone can do it. Taking this extra precautionary step will improve security by making it harder for thieves to enter your home. Thieves are opportunists looking for easy access. If you make it hard for a thief to get in, they’ll move on.
Set Up a Security Camera
A security camera can be a very affordable option to boost home security. Remember criminals are opportunists. They are looking for the easiest “mark” to steal from. According to a recent study by the University of North Carolina, a burglar will look for security cameras before they decide to break in and will move on if they find themselves being filmed. Fortunately, several companies offer affordable cloud-connected cameras with resolutions of 720-1080 pixels so you can find a security camera within your budget.
Use Timers for Your Lights
You can buy timers for outdoor lights for less than $10 and it can be an easy way to boost security. Setting timers for your outdoor lights to turn on automatically when you’re not home comes with two benefits. It makes it look like someone is home, and it can light the way for when you get home. Only approximately 26% of burglaries occur while the resident is home because thieves prefer to enter properties when they’re least likely to get caught. By making it look like you’re home, your property will be more secure.
Nobody likes to think about the risk of a break-in, but it’s important to maintain your home’s security to make sure both you and your family are safe. By following the tips above, you can rest assured that you’re taking the necessary precautions to keep your home safe and secure.