5 Tips to Improve Home Security
- Smart Lighting – Lighting has a lot of power when it comes to home security. By utilizing home lighting to your advantage, you can effectively keep potential burglars at bay. Install motion sensor lighting on the outside of the home so that would-be intruders never have the cover of darkness in which to break in. Another idea is to install timed lights inside the home. Having lights periodically switching on and off throughout the home will make it look like someone is there during the day while you’re at work, or while you’re on vacation, reducing the chance of an intruder targeting your home.
- Better locks – As a basic precaution, we recommend that all exterior doors of a home have a minimum of 1-inch thick dead bolts. While deadbolts are more expensive than typical locks, they are cost-effective because they are much stronger and will add immeasurably to home security. Another idea to keep in mind for new homeowners–it’s always a good idea to change locks after moving into a new house. You never know who might still retain a copy of the old keys.
- Protect your windows – The windows can be a vulnerable spot in any home. Make sure that all your windows have working locks to prevent easy entry by an intruder. Keeping your blinds closed is an effective way to keep outsiders from being able to ascertain whether or not someone is at home. Make sure to replace old windows. The older windows become, the weaker their frames become. By installing strong new windows to replace old ones, you can increase your home security and peace of mind.
- Extra secure doors – Sometimes locks aren’t enough to protect doors from intruders. As an extra precaution, especially when you are away from home, take the time to add extra security to sliding glass doors and patio doors. Place a metal bar along the bottom track of any of this type of door. The metal bar helps to make this type of door less likely to be forced open by a home intruder.
Landscaping to your advantage – Keep landscaping clean, especially around doors and windows. Taking the time to groom unruly shrubs will take away potential hiding spots for home intruders. You also might want to try planting thorny shrubs by windows and doors as an extra deterrent to stop potential home intruders from attempting to enter your home. Intruders may decide your home isn’t worth the pain of getting past a thorny shrub, and move on to another home.
The bottom line when it comes to home security is this: you do have the power to improve home security if you take the time to implement a few simple tips. Don’t leave your home vulnerable to intruders. All Seasons Windows & Siding can install strong and secure doors and windows to your home. With our help, you can make your home more secure so that you and your family can have the peace of mind that you need. Call us today at (913) 535-4708 for a free in-home estimate.