Safety Tips to Keep Your Home Protected From any Home Intruders
Our homes are one of the few places where we always expect to feel comfort and peace of mind, regardless of the time of day. This constant expectation of safety is one of the core reasons why most homeowners today share a fear of walking into their homes to discover that someone has broken into them. Yet, with break-ins occurring every 90 seconds in Canada, this fear has become more vivid than it has ever been.
Here are the 7 Safety Tips to Help you shut out any Home Intruders
1. Ensure Your Doors and Windows are Sealed Tight
One of the most common misconceptions about protecting your home is that you need a modern and sophisticated system to keep intruders out. However, this idea could not be further from the case. Although technological systems help boost the security of our homes, traditional safety methods will always act as an excellent deterrent to burglars and intruders.
Recent research from SGI Canda has shown that most burglars tend to gain access to homes through ground-floor windows. Naturally, this means that simply ensuring you seal your windows tightly will go a long way in securing your home. Additionally, if your house has alternative access points, such as backdoors, you will also want to certify that you lock them before leaving your home.
2. Increase Visibility From the Street
The concept of “eyes on the street” has been one of the most popular intruder deterrent methods for hundreds of years. Essentially, the higher the number of people who can spot a burglar, the lower the chance they will commit theft. To help increase the visibility of your home, we always recommend tidying up any overgrown trees and trimming down tall hedges.
While this process may result in slightly less privacy, it will make it tremendously easy for a neighbor or passer-by to spot any suspicious people in your home and report the crime.
3. Evaluate the Conditions of Your Doors and Locks
The cost of modern locks will always remain a small price to pay compared to losing valuables or coming face-to-face with an armed intruder. As most homeowners tend to prefer a brilliant wooden finish for their doors, we always recommend choosing one with a sturdy frame and core. You will also want to ensure that you grab a deadbolt with at least 2.5 cm thrown length for additional security.
On the other hand, if your confidence in wooden doors is shaky, you may want to try a steel door instead. This material is far more durable than wood and will always induce a burning headache in any intruder.
4. CCTVs Should Be Your Closest Friend
Modern CCTV and home security often go hand-in-hand. These cameras are capable of capturing a wide field of view and can stay on 24/7. This constant idea of being watched will scare any intruder as they will be aware that the CCTV footage can tie them to any crime they commit. Modern outdoor cameras also allow you to watch their footage remotely, making it possible to check on your home from anywhere in the world.
5. Go the Extra Mile to Secure Your Most Valuable Items
There is no such thing as “too much security.” If you believe an item has intrinsic or sentimental value, you may want to consider grabbing a safe to store them. This safe will reduce the chances of a burglar getting their hands on them unless they know the combination. In most cases, we generally recommend locking up cash and expensive jewelry, but you may also store your firearms and sensitive documents in your safe.
6. Be Careful With What You Share
In recent years, it has become clear that social media can often feel like a double-edged sword. While it allows us to remain close to our families and friends despite vast distances, it can also permit strangers to peek into our lives. This transparency is one of the core reasons we always recommend maintaining a private account on all public social media platforms.
On the other hand, if you must have a public profile, ensure that you cross-check every post before sending it out. None of your pictures or videos should have your address or any visible landmarks in the background.
7. Home Safety is our Highest Priority
The safety of each home we sell will always remain our utmost priority. Before handing over any keys, we ensure that each building is run through a thorough screening process and passes all our safety checks. For additional security, we also recommend best-in-class safety companies and locksmiths to help bolster the soundness of your home.
To learn more about how we keep homes safe during the buying and selling process, please do not hesitate to book a free consultation. Our team has several years of experience providing secure homes and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.