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Simple Tips to Increase Home Security
January 17th, 2020 1:56 PM

Simple Tips for Increasing Home Security

While it seems simple enough to purchase an alarm system and call it a day, there are countless other ways to increase the security of your home. Luckily, burglars and other criminals tend to follow similar trends, making it easier to be proactive when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones.  The following are some helpful ways to do so.

1. Invest in a secure mailbox

Think of all of the documents that you've entrusted to remain in your mailbox from the time they've been dropped off to when you check the mail. Why do we assume that a simple metal or wooden box is secure enough to protect private letters, bills, or packages? For your safety and privacy, invest in a secure mailbox that requires a key.

2. Never have unattended or exposed wiring

Often, burglars will cut exterior wires in order to sufficiently distract or disarm whoever is inside.  

3. Check your peephole

Before opening your door, always check your peephole! Make it a priority to install a quality peephole that allows your to have a large view of your front entrance without distortion. Criminals are smarter than you think and may try hiding out of the frame of a smaller peephole. 

4. Fake it until you make it

While home video security systems are cheaper than ever, you may not have the budget to fully invest in one. Still, setting up a few fake cameras outside your home with wiring coming out the back may fool intruders into thinking they are being watched and recorded.

5. Check the effectiveness of all locks

First, ensure you are in the habit of consistently using all locks in your home. This includes window locks on second floors. Burglars will usually try and find an open window or back door before eventually attempting to kick in the front door. Breaking windows or picking locks are too time-consuming and noisy. Make your door less vulnerable to human strength by installing a heavy-duty deadbolt lock, and make sure back and side doors have multiple locks. Ensure all windows have functioning locks and perhaps look into investing in pin locks as well. 


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