Home security requires a multi-pronged approach to best keep intruders out and inspire feelings of safety for residents. The different steps can be hard to track. Both long-term and short-term habits typically combine to create a safe home environment: installing home security systems, keeping thick blinds or curtains on the windows, and using light-timers to make it appear as though someone is always home are just a few examples. While you’re likely interested in improving the security of your home in a general sense, it can be difficult to know exactly what next step to take. Below, we’ve compiled on a guide on some nightly habits you can build into your routine to make sure your home is secure before you make your way to bed.
Lock Up And Key Safety
The first and most obvious step in a nightly home security routine is to lock all your doors. Remember to check back doors, side doors and garage doors to make sure all are left secure. It’s a good idea to also make sure all applicable doors have deadbolts, which make it more difficult for intruders to break in with simple methods.
After you lock your doors, you should also make sure you’re storing your keys with the best safety practices. Don’t leave them in close proximity to doggy doors that would allow someone to slip their hand in and grab them to gain entry.
If you have a security system installed, make sure it is enabled each night so that all door sensors are primed to trigger alarms should they be crossed.
Consider Smart Locks
To take your key and lock security one step further, you might consider i
nstalling smart locks. These can only be unlocked through electronic code, making break-ins all the more difficult. If you have these installed, then this step in your routine should include making sure they are appropriately set with their passcodes. It’s not a bad idea, however, to leave a traditional lock on at least one of your doors — this safeguards against potential smart lock issues.
Uncollected mail and packages can invite burglaries who are interested in the contents of the packages themselves or take the sight of the uncollected mail as a sign that you are not home, increasing your home’s appeal for a break-in. Make sure before you turn your house over for the night that all packages are safely inside the home (or have a neighbor do this for you if you’re out of town).
Don’t Neglect Windows
Speaking of windows, you should also make sure to lock these alternative entrances to your home each night. Make sure your screens are untorn and in good condition. If you have an
electronic security system, it’s a good idea to include window sensors that will trigger your alarm should they become compromised.
Another important element to consider regarding windows is visibility of valuables. You should keep anything that might draw the eye of a burglar away from window sightlines. One way to do this efficiently is to have opaque curtains or blinds that you close each night. You should also consider using shrubbery to block external views into your home through your windows. (Thorny bushes can also discourage burglarizing for more
Use Your Safe
Aside from keeping your valuables out of sight, you can take further precautions to keep them in particularly safe locations. Some recommend bringing them up with you to your bedroom so they are near your person. Another option is to use your safe. You may typically only use it for sensitive items like passports or computer back-ups. But you could also use it (or another second safe, potentially one specifically designed against burglaries) to store your laptops, tablets, jewelery, etc. each night. This step is pretty extreme, but if someone does gain access to your home, your valuables still remain behind lock and key.
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