We all know the importance of living in a safe and secure home. Your home is where you go to feel relaxed; a feeling that isn’t easily achieved if you’re constantly looking over your shoulder. A safe home is somewhere we can easily fall asleep without the fear of an attack or robbery at night. It’s somewhere we want to start a family and bring up children.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to feel safe at home. We don’t all have the luxury of living in a crime-free neighbourhood. But there are ways to make sure that your home feels more secure.
The first way to more feel safe and secure at home is to get reliable home insurance. This means that, if you are unfortunate enough to get robbed, you’ll at least get the stolen possessions replaced. Do your research and find a plan that keeps you covered.
Sturdy doors and windows
If you’re not convinced that your neighborhood is safe, it’s important to make sure that you have sturdy doors and windows that are difficult to break. Most burglars see an opportunity and act on a whim, so having fragile looking windows and doors could supply them with more of a motive. So, invest in double glazing and make sure that your window frames are structurally sound and without rot. The best doors for a secure home are made from steel or sliding glass.
There’s no point having sturdy doors and windows if you leave them unlocked. Most robberies occur when a door or window is left open by accident, or a key is left in the door. So, make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house. Additionally, if you leave a key around for emergencies, make sure it’s in a well-hidden place that a burglar wouldn’t think to check.
Speaking of hiding things, a home stays more secure without expensive gadgets on display. Leaving an expensive laptop, phone or tablet in a window might tempt someone walking past to break in. Hide your pricey possessions away before you leave the house and pull the curtains closed at night.
Many people like to have gates for added security. While you might not think that a flimsy gate could stop a burglar, the noise of it opening could alert you to an imposter at night. Alternatively, there are plenty of electric gates available that, while being on the costly side, do a good job at keeping houses secure. Just be aware that fancy gates indicate that you have money, which might give a burglar an incentive.
Security cameras are becoming increasingly popular in suburban neighborhoods. People feel more safe knowing that, if anything were to happen, they’d get the incident on tape. Advances in technology mean that you can now get security cameras set up on your phone, meaning that you can see what’s going on in and around your house at any time.