The world we live in is increasingly scary regarding security. From identity thieves to home system hackers, it can almost seem like there’s no point in trying. You can get dogs and on-call security patrols, but if someone is determined to get inside your home, they will.
That said, you still have to try. You can’t completely stop theft, but you can make yourself a harder target. With the right combination of security measures, your potential burglar will move on to the next house. Here are a few suggestions on what you can do.
Install Roller Shutters
This convenient form of security can keep your house safe both overnight and during long vacations. They’re solid enough to withstand wind, fire, hurricanes, and floods, but flexible enough to tuck unobtrusively into a pelmet box above the window. You can raise and lower them with a single button, or install manual controls if you prefer.
Once you lower your shutters, no burglars’ tools can get through them. They have locks on the outside and the inside, so you can use whichever suits you better. If you prefer, you can even use both for double power. In addition to optional padlocks, security roller shutters have an automatic lock function on their bottom slat that engages once you lower the shutter.
Apart from security, roller shutters can reduce your power bill by insulating your home. You’ll require less heating in the winter and less cooling in the summer because the shutters have hollow aluminium slats stuffed with insulating foam. They’re available in several colors so you can enjoy your security in style.
Set Up Motion Sensors
You might think motion detectors require high tech gadgets from movies like mission impossible. However, there are some household models that can be installed in your yard to go with your regular security measures.
Motion sensors alert you when someone is moving around in your yard. You can programme them to respond to pre-set conditions, maybe based on temperature, height, or weight. This prevents them from being tripped by small rodents or stray cats.
If you already have outdoor lights, you can replace them with motion detectors that have a wider visibility arc. While the lights themselves won’t deter criminals, they may startle them enough to make them rethink their plans. You can also attach alarms to your motion sensors, but be careful to calibrate them right or they’ll blare at every pest that passes.
Buy the Right Door
In the movies, both cops and thugs break into houses by kicking in the door. While real-world doors don’t collapse after a single well-placed kick, they can still be broken down if they’re low quality. Many home-owners make the mistake of placing a pricey lock on a hollow door, which does no good at all.
Get doors made of solid wood rather than plywood paneling. You can also get reinforced doors that have wood veneers coating steel innards. The wood exterior is for aesthetics, while the hidden steel will foil anyone trying to kick the door down. Before you fork out on a fancy lock, get a door that’s hard to break through – and try hard not to lose your keys.
Remove Natural Obstructions
The simplest security measures are often the most overlooked, simply because they don’t cross your mind. For example, take a look at your yard and its landscaping. Do you have any tall trees that allow access to roofs or upper floor windows?
Are there any bits of topiary or sheltered sheds that burglars could hide behind? Does your car obstruct the view of the road? These are all things that thieves could use to conceal their entry to your house, so plan your yard décor carefully and get rid of anything that could harbour unwanted visitors with ill intentions.
This doesn’t mean your yard has to be a barren wasteland. It just means you plan your landscaping carefully. For example, you could make your topiary top-heavy so that the trunk and base offer better visibility.
You could prune your trees so that there are no branches leading to the roof or window. And you could park your car in the garage to reduce cover. With these basic tips, you can greatly enhance the security of your home. But remember, once you install all these security measures, don’t forget to lock the door and switch them on.