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Home Security: How to Make Your Home Totally Secure

Updated on January 17, 2017

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics shows that the capital of United Kingdom does not only have skyrocketing prices of residential units and houses as a type of robbery by day.

Front part of a house.
Front part of a house.

The authorities have recorded a total of 56,220 property burglary incidents in the greater part of London. And what’s alarming is that the number of arrested burglars has declined through the years. That is why whether you are living in a burglary hot spot in the capital or not, it is a must to find ways to make and keep your house totally secure at all times. This is especially true to couples with kids as some burglars have violent tendencies when committing the crime.

So, what can you do to effectively secure your property and belongings?

1. Don’t let the public know when you’re away or on vacation.

The problem with so many people today is they are deeply engrossed with the pleasures of using social media to the point of exposing some of the private, sensitive matters of their life including where they go, what they do and what they are planning. Same with abusing the use of voicemail messages. Don’t give the burglars a “go” sign towards your house. Stop posting or announcing your whereabouts. Just tell it straight to your loved ones.

A woman typing using a laptop.
A woman typing using a laptop.

2. Don’t let the burglars know your home is empty.

Records show that 50 percent plus of the burglary incidents in London happen when there’s no one in the house. Switching off the light may help save energy and lower your bill, but believe it or not, this is one of the glaring signs that burglars take notice to. So before leaving your home, see to it that it looks occupied from afar. Using automatic timers to turn on or off the light is proven to be of great help. Make it look like someone is busy inside.

A family home.
A family home.

3. Don’t just leave your garden tools and furniture out in the open.

Burglars will use anything that can help them break into your property including your gardening or landscaping tools. They can use it to open your doors or smash your windows. Your garden furniture can also assist them in climbing anywhere in your house or smash something. So better keep them inside your home when you’re away.

A garden with tools.
A garden with tools.

4. Don’t just install standard glass windows and locks.

Standard glass windows can easily break even at a single hit – giving the burglars an easy way to take the immediate items that they can get their hands on fast. It is best to install pre-laminated windows instead. It can cost you a little more but this will surely make it difficult for burglars to break in.

Pre-laminated windows are durable in that they are hard to smash because of a vinyl sheet that is placed between the two pieces of glass. Aside from installing pre-laminated windows, make sure that you are using the best window lock. Check out this video to find out how to secure your windows at home.

A glass window with flower.
A glass window with flower.

5. Don’t just settle for the standard door wood jamb.

If you are still using the standard door wood jambs in and around your home, know that burglars can easily kick them and go inside. This is especially relevant to front doors as these are the entry point of almost half of burglary incidents.

It is now time to install security strike plates, which expands or widens the distance of the wood that can be split out when your door is kicked. So it makes it more difficult to break in, leaving the burglar an option to possibly let it go and move on to another thing.

When it comes to your bedroom where people usually keep their valuables, try to use heavy duty commercial dead bolt with security strike plates. This will make it almost impossible for anyone to break in. So, it is very important that you don’t just consider the level of security and the cost of bedroom doors, but most of all, its efficacy.

A house with its front door.
A house with its front door.

Secure your home now!

With all these security measures in place, the burglars will surely think twice and shy away from your property.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 7 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very good security tips for the home, Evane. If people don't take up on it, they don't want to spend the extra money.