Protecting your property from intruders is something every homeowner should know how to do. Diligently locking your property is one thing, but determined burglars may find access via other methods if you’re not careful. It is therefore important to be aware of how intruders may gain entry to your home, so you can secure these areas as well. Deterring burglars from targeting your home in the first place will significantly reduce your risk of break-ins. Here are some of the most important ways you can secure your home against intruders.
Secure Any Doors and Windows
The first thing to understand about break-ins is that the majority of them are carried out by opportunists. This means that a large number of intruders gain entry into houses via vulnerable doors or windows. Therefore, while it may be obvious, the most important thing you can do to increase safety is to lock unattended entry points at all times. You should also consider regularly changing your locks, so that you are certain no strangers have unwanted access to your home.
From there, you can also install additional security measures to your doors and windows. Deadbolts and chain locks, for example, will instantly make your doors harder to break through, and are fairly cheap and easy to install. Similarly, separate window locks can be purchased, to replace the often-unreliable ones included in building work. If a door or window in your house has especially weak hinges however, you may think about replacing them entirely.
Install an Alarm System
If you are looking for how to protect your home fully, purchasing a full security system may be the way to go. Modern security systems allow for total, 24/7 monitoring of your property, and as such are probably the most effective way to improve your home’s safety. Many are now also easy to manage remotely, through smartphone apps, and offer extra safety features, such as carbon monoxide detection.
A hidden benefit of alarm systems is that they also act as deterrents, as criminals are much less likely to target homes with security measures installed. It is therefore a good idea to advertise your security system to potential intruders as much as possible. Try making your cameras highly visible, and consider also including a sign, warning criminals of your security system.
Protect Your Wi-Fi
Modern technology means that traditional methods are not the only way criminals can access your possessions. Your home’s Wi-Fi network, for example, can potentially enable hackers to gain access to valuable personal and financial information. If you have an automated security system, it may even be possible for criminals to deactivate it remotely through your Wi-Fi network. You should thus make sure it is sufficiently secure, along with everything else in your home.
To do this, make sure you have some form of encryption enabled on your router. In addition, you should refrain from using easy to guess or common passwords. Think about also installing antivirus software on your electronic devices for further security, where possible.