Best way to secure your house – Here are 5 simple ways

By | November 19, 2016

Current FBI statistics have it that an incident of burglary is perpetrated every 15 seconds somewhere in the United States. As a concerned homeowner, you want to know the best way to secure your house to avoid falling under this statistic. If you are the victim of a break-in, you not only lose valuables but also face the risk of injury. In the event, it happens when you are not around, it doesn’t instill a sense of security either.

You do not have to despair. There is a lot you can do to beef up security in your home, prevent burglaries and in the long run keeping you and your family safe. Here are 5 simple ways to help you secure your home and family.

 

Never Advertise Your Absence

So maybe you’ve decided to take your family on vacation, and nobody is home. Did you know that 50% of the burglaries occur when no one is home? There are some smart ways to make your home look occupied and keep the intruders at bay.

  • Install automatic light timers to mimic your normal patterns
  • Lower your phone’s ringer volume and forward your calls; burglars often call before breaking in
  • Organize to have your lawn mowed or snow removed
  • Don’t stop your mail and newspaper delivery, have someone pick them up


Make it Hard to Break-in

Access is everything. First, is to secure the doors and windows. For the doors, you can use metal doors or solid core and secure with quality locks. Also, ensure that the frames are sturdy and the hinges protected. For the windows, you can replace the manufacturer latches with locks or key operated levers. To strengthen the glass in your windows, you can introduce tempered or laminated glass.


Install a Home Security System

A security system increases the chances of a thief being seen and captured. Choose a security system that uses motion detectors, cameras, alarms and smoke detectors. It can also deter criminals when you use window decals or a yard sign to say that you are protected. You can also opt for glass break sensors that trigger the alarm system. Lastly, please never post your passcode on the security alarm keypad.


Know Your Neighbors

Neighbors who look out for each other are the best security system. Make it a point to know them and cultivate a good relationship with them. A good neighbor can always be on the lookout when you are away and alert you in the case of any suspicious activities. If there is a neighborhood watch program, right, if not, consider organizing one.

 

Eliminate the Chances of Intruder Hiding

When chances of being seen are least, that is the best time for a burglar to strike. Deny him of his cover, and your house will be safe. You can do this by ensuring that your landscape is well lit, both front and back. Lights with motion sensors are a good option. Thieves can also hide in thick bushes and shrubs so make sure that the plants around your house won’t be the reason you get robbed.


Once you have put in place some or all of the above security measures, it should help give you additional peace of mind that the safety of you and your family has improved.

What security measures have you installed at your house? Comment below and let me know. Or if you have any questions, get it touch and I’ll be more than happy to help.

 

16 thoughts on “Best way to secure your house – Here are 5 simple ways

  1. Maria

    Very informative ideas. Safety is my number one priority when it comes to my family and our home. I was looking for something like this to make sure I have everything covered.

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Maria, thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found my post. Feel free to get back in touch if you ever have any questions.

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  2. simon watson

    A very commonsensical post on the best way to secure your house mate. I liked the products indeed. Everything that you say makes complete sense. I have deadlocks on my door and I go out of the rear of the property and through a locked gate so I am already fairly secure, but thanks for the tips and offers.

    Simon

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for the comment Simon. Sounds like you have a very secure setup. Sometimes, knowing what is going on outside your home while you are inside, gives you that extra peace of mind. A security camera system can provide for this. Feel free to come back anytime and you may find some other products of interest.

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  3. Kevin Bulmer

    Hi Andrew,
    I appreciate your article and the resources you’ve put along with it. Well done! The key of “never advertising your absence” is one that is getting more and more challenging into’s world. Many people, I feel, don’t even consider who may be watching your social channels and what for. It’s one of many worthwhile things to think about, for sure.
    Keep up the great work!
    Kevin

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Kevin, you raise a very valid point about people watching your social channels. People always advertise via social media when they are on holidays. Certainly something to be aware of. Thanks for commenting Kevin.

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  4. Chris Towers

    Some excellent reading here.

    In the past I worked for ADT Fire and Security and the importance of keeping your property as secure as possible is paramount these days.

    Just the deterrent can be enough, but having security systems in place to alert the emergency services in the event of an intruder is the best defense in my opinion.

    Some of the products here are great value for money, can some of these be utilized with a call center to make the necessary calls for you?

    Great reading..

    Thanks

    Chris

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Chris, there are models of home alarms that have the option to connect it to your landline to alert the authorities if there is an intruder. I agree that this would be the complete solution to your security. I will be reviewing more and more products in the near future, including alarm systems that call the emergency services. Feel free to return and keep up to date.

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  5. ArtByHeart

    WOW 15seconds? That means that breaking into my car is harder than breaking into my home! I am very lucky to live in a low crime area, it was one of the reasons we built the house where we did, so I haven’t been using as much time looking for ways to secure my house than I should have!

    That being said though, there have been recent reports of Eastern European crime leagues, who have realized that most people who live in my village are well of and don’t have their houses properly secured 🙁 There have been 20 break inns by these people just the last month!

    I am also worried about the large rock festival, which is placed only few kilometers from my house and one of the campings is on the field behind my house! The people attending this festival are getting more and more unruly and keep on trowing trash in my forest and keeping over my fence to steal our fruit and berries, which is very frustrating!

    This all means I need to start updating my house security. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      No worries at all for the reminder. My wife and I are in a similar situation. We built our house in an area that is known to be quiet and friendly. Yet over the past couple of years, we have started to notice a bit of a trend in crime. Car thefts, home break-ins, it’s all happening. One just happened around the corner from our house, which just scares me. All we can do is put security systems in place to try and deter them away. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. David

    Wow, Andrew Great line of products here!

    First I would like to rant for a second on Comcast home security. I recently got rid of the home security system through Comcast Xfinity. I am so glad I did because I was getting robbed in a bad way. I wish I would have seen some of this gear you are promoting on this page before I went with Comcast. With five payments to them, I could have the top of the line packages you have advertised here!

    Comcast gave me ONE camera TWO window sensors and ONE movement sensor for inside the home and their fancy tablet screen that I used for a clock basically. I can’t remember what I was paying but it was like a hundred a month! For a minimal amount of equipment!

    I’m really interested in getting one of these systems very soon! It looks as if they are very easy to install as well!
    Thanks for writing and sharing this post Andrew!

    Cheers!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks David, there are quite a lot of products out there for “do it yourself” options that can be cheaper in the long run and just as effective. By all means get in touch with me when you are ready to buy a new system and I will be more than happy to help you out.

      I wouldn’t completely disregard the security companies that offer a monitoring service for a monthly fee. It does sound like you were getting ripped off with the system you had. I plan to review the security companies in the near future. From my research so far, some do offer a great service, with excellent products that give you that extra peace of mind that they will respond to the break in and protect your home.

      Thanks again!

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  7. Craig

    Good advice here Andrew. I do regular business trips and my apt is left empty quite a lot so I’ve been thinking about trying to increase security. I had one issue on my last trip when there was an attempted break-in, that’s why I am looking for ideas. I think I a going to look at the metal door option, or more life a door that covers my existing door. I suppose I’ll have to try a local merchant for that. Mind you, the smart door locks could be an alternative. I’ll have a think.

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for your comment Craig. I hope they didn’t do much damage when they tried to break in.

      A security door could be a good option for you. Or smart locks can make it more difficult for the criminals to break in. I actually think any added security feature is a plus and will deter the thieves away. Even something like a simple sign to say you have security (even when you don’t) can scare them off.

      Have a think and if you have any questions, let me know.

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  8. Karl

    Great article! I have deadbolt securing locks in place, metal rods in the windows so they cannot be forced open, barricade bar on back garage door and I turn off my garage door opener so it cannot be hacked. All doors are pick proof. The only weakness is the windows which I might get that 3M laminate for,or do you recommend something else for the windows? I was thinking of getting the alarms but the chance one goes off and drives my dog crazy when I’m gone is high. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Karl, thanks for the comment. It sounds like you have some great security measures installed at your place. As for the windows, there are a few solutions. One is the 3M laminate that will provide some protection. An alternative to reinforcing the glass is with tempered glass, which is much stronger than ordinary glass.

      Or you might want to consider changing the glass in your windows to an acrylic or poly-carbonate which are very strong.

      Lastly, you can have window bars installed. The good thing is some of them can be really stylish. But in my opinion, having metal bars on your windows just does not look great.

      Hopefully I have provided you with some alternatives to putting on window alarms. If you have any further questions, let me know.

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