I'm sure we're all pretty clued up that the phrase 'safe as houses' is just that - a phrase. And if you're not, don't wait to experience your first break-in before you believe it's time to do something about it. If you want to protect your family and what is often the biggest investment of your life, including it's contents, it's wise to put some focus on your home's security. The below additions are more expensive not to do in the long run and can make you feel safer when you are home as well as when you are away. Implement them in your property now for the piece of mind that adds to any home's good vibes.
"At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security."
1. Smart Home Improvements
Installing a smart thermostat and smart home control will not only save you money, but also help you improve the security of your home. You can remotely turn off the electrical equipment in your house, or even turn on the music in the living room at night, to deter burglars. You can also turn off your gas when there is a leak before you get there, so you reduce the risk of accidents. A home automation system with a camera that allows you to keep an eye on your home is a great way of making sure your house is safer.
2. Safer Reinforced Doors & Frames
Next time you embark on a home remodeling project, consider reinforcing your doors. From bolts to sensor alarms, there are plenty of ways of identifying intruders early. However, you will also have to strengthen the doors to withstand force. You can choose Aluminium Doors that are lightweight but very strong and are harder to break into than traditional designs.
3. Door Answering Camera
You might also want to invest in a home monitoring system that answers your door when you are not home. You can get a system that allows you to download an app on your phone, and when the doorbell goes you can answer the phone through the intercom even though you are out of town. Many criminals canvass an area and homes they would like to burglar, so if you can make them believe that you are home and that it'd be difficult to break and enter unnoticed, they might decide not to come back.
4. Window Films
In case you have plenty of glass surfaces, you can easily make them safer by blocking the view for those looking in but not those looking out. Adding window security film will make it harder to shatter the glass and is easy to install. You should find a local contractor supplying and fitting the product, and you can benefit from another layer of invisible protection for many years to come.
5. Automatic Outdoor Lights
Flood lights or automatic timer lights in your front garden, driveway, and at every external entrance and exit of your home can help you deter criminals too. Most are programmable to turn on at a certain time every night, so people will think that you are home. Just be sure to angle them away from directly into your neighbours kids bedroom so as not to cause more trouble than you want to.
Whether you are looking for stylish comfort or safety, modern technology for the home is getting better and better so it's worth assessing your home's needs every couple of years. Their's too many memories and too many precious people to take home security for granted.
PS. I open up about a recent robbery in my vlog. Watch it here.