6 Easy Tips to Boost Your Home’s Security

Steps you can take right now to protect your home

BY LINLEY STRINGER

MAY 13, 2021

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Though the word burglar can bring to mind the image of a menacing villain, most burglars are nothing more than common thieves, easily deterred by basic security precautions. Because most burglars are amateurs, there are many simple actions you can take to keep burglars out of your home. We’ve narrowed these measures down to the essentials. Here are six tips to get you started protecting your property:

1. Use the right locks

Doors are your home’s first line of defense, so it’s important to install deadbolt locks if you don’t have them already. Standard key-in-knob doors are vulnerable to basic lock-picking techniques, but deadbolts take a lot of time to break. If your doors have glass panels, make sure they are at least three feet above the inside part of the lock — this makes it harder for potential thieves to smash the glass and reach inside to unlock the door.

2. Use lights for intimidation

Lighting can turn away potential burglars because it creates the illusion someone might be home, even if that’s not the case. You should make sure the entries to your home are consistently lit so you can see any unwanted visitors from inside before they make it to the door. Alternatively, if you have a home security system, you could use a motion sensor to turn on the lights anytime someone walks towards the entryway.

3. Secure your windows

Climbing through a window can be an easy way for a burglar to enter your house, but if the burglar has to smash thick glass, they will draw unwanted attention. Make breaking and entering harder for burglars by installing storm windows with multi-layer glazing. It’s also smart to equip the windows with locks on the inside. Glass-break sensors, which also come with home security systems, can trigger an alarm to call for an efficient emergency response.

4. Trim your bushes

Plants and shrubs provide an opportunity for burglars to conceal themselves, so make sure nothing green outside your window grows taller than the windowsill.

5. Keep your garage door closed

Whether you’re on vacation or out to the store for five minutes, your garage door should be closed, and windows covered. It’s best to make would-be burglars think you’re just inside watching TV. An open garage can be an invitation to a thief to grab what they can without being noticed.

6. Install a wireless home security system

Wireless home security systems simplify all of the above security measures and they also give you a quick way to get emergency responders to your property. When equipped with the right array of sensors, a security system can simultaneously protect all parts of your home including doors, windows, garages, and bedrooms. The alarm monitoring that comes with all professional systems ensures that police will arrive on your property to apprehend potential burglars.

If you’re interested in a home security system, call Brinks Home™ today for a free, customized quote.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter with Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.

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6 Easy Tips to Boost Your Home’s Security

Steps you can take right now to protect your home

BY LINLEY STRINGER

MAY 13, 2021

Though the word burglar can bring to mind the image of a menacing villain, most burglars are nothing more than common thieves, easily deterred by basic security precautions. Because most burglars are amateurs, there are many simple actions you can take to keep burglars out of your home. We’ve narrowed these measures down to the essentials. Here are six tips to get you started protecting your property:

1. Use the right locks

Doors are your home’s first line of defense, so it’s important to install deadbolt locks if you don’t have them already. Standard key-in-knob doors are vulnerable to basic lock-picking techniques, but deadbolts take a lot of time to break. If your doors have glass panels, make sure they are at least three feet above the inside part of the lock — this makes it harder for potential thieves to smash the glass and reach inside to unlock the door.

2. Use lights for intimidation

Lighting can turn away potential burglars because it creates the illusion someone might be home, even if that’s not the case. You should make sure the entries to your home are consistently lit so you can see any unwanted visitors from inside before they make it to the door. Alternatively, if you have a home security system, you could use a motion sensor to turn on the lights anytime someone walks towards the entryway.

3. Secure your windows

Climbing through a window can be an easy way for a burglar to enter your house, but if the burglar has to smash thick glass, they will draw unwanted attention. Make breaking and entering harder for burglars by installing storm windows with multi-layer glazing. It’s also smart to equip the windows with locks on the inside. Glass-break sensors, which also come with home security systems, can trigger an alarm to call for an efficient emergency response.

4. Trim your bushes

Plants and shrubs provide an opportunity for burglars to conceal themselves, so make sure nothing green outside your window grows taller than the windowsill.

5. Keep your garage door closed

Whether you’re on vacation or out to the store for five minutes, your garage door should be closed, and windows covered. It’s best to make would-be burglars think you’re just inside watching TV. An open garage can be an invitation to a thief to grab what they can without being noticed.

6. Install a wireless home security system

Wireless home security systems simplify all of the above security measures and they also give you a quick way to get emergency responders to your property. When equipped with the right array of sensors, a security system can simultaneously protect all parts of your home including doors, windows, garages, and bedrooms. The alarm monitoring that comes with all professional systems ensures that police will arrive on your property to apprehend potential burglars.

If you’re interested in a home security system, call Brinks Home™ today for a free, customized quote.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter with Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.


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