Crime and burglary do not happen randomly. Intruders look for the perfect opportunity to break in and get what they want from your home without getting caught.
However, there are certain things that will cause these bad people to identify their best targets. They actually spend a little time profiling their would-be victims in order to ensure a high success rate. Luckily, there are simple preventative measures you can implement to help deter burglars, and prevent them from breaking and entering your house.
Here are four simple additions that will ensure the safety and security of your belongings in and out of your home.
A home security safe is a great option when ensuring the safety of your valuables. This is a secure depository for your jewelry, vital documents, and other prized possessions.
To get the most out of your safe, make sure to buy one that is waterproof, fire-resistant and heavy enough so that the burglar can’t take easily. Also, choose the right size for all the valuables you want to protect. Most importantly, it should have both a key and combination locking system.
In addition, getting a safe for your firearms is also important, considering the fact that guns and ammo are desirable items for criminals. With a gun safe, you will keep these dangerous items not only from being taken by burglars but, more importantly, to also keep your kids safe from inadvertently accessing them. A gun safe, therefore, also eliminates the risk of family trauma and tragic accidents.
Your letters and parcels are looked-for items for burglars as well. Thus, you should consider installing a letterbox in your fence, wall or door to protect both your mail and packages.
When choosing a letterbox, choose one that is easy to install, lockable, and weather-resistant. This way, you will have peace of mind knowing that your letters and parcels will remain intact and safe even if you are out or on vacation.
Important Note: If you will be on a trip for several weeks or months and no one is left at home, it would be best to inform the postal service or delivery team and ask them to stop delivering any of your mail and packages temporarily until you come back. Take note that a pile of mail in your letterbox is a tell-tale sign that your property is unoccupied, making it an easy target for the unscrupulous.
3. Key storage
Hiding spare keys in a hidden place, such as under the mat or under a fake plastic rock, is important in case you or anyone on your household gets locked out. But this can also create a security risk because burglars can find your spare keys as well. This is where key storage comes in handy.
Key storage will keep your keys organized and safe because this facility is lockable. Also, it can easily be installed inside a wall. Depending on how many keys you’ll store, you can opt for a key safe or a key cabinet. Either way, make sure that it features a digital combination lock so you can input your own security code.
4. Security camera and alarm
Installing a security camera is beneficial in two ways. First, it will deter criminals. Second, it can make it a lot easier for you to get justice in the event of a crime.
You can get a camera that works on its own or perhaps one that is integrated with a security system. Either way, you have to install a security camera that has a mobile app so you can see real-time footage even when you’re away. Other must-have features include:
- Wi-Fi capability
- Night vision
- Weatherproof casing
- Motion detection
An alarm system is also a great option. Make sure that it includes an intrusion alarm that turns on when the windows and doors are opened, a motion detector, and a glass breakage sensor.
Secure your home
Whether you own or rent your home, it is crucial for you to take action in boosting property security.
Don’t assume that burglary won’t ever happen in your house. Instead, install these simple additions as soon as possible to ensure that your belongings and home remain safe from criminals, especially if you are always away from home.
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.
Beau Flavell has been a Product & Account Manager for Sandleford Holdings since July 2017. He completed his VCE at Brighton Grammar School and also holds an A-Class Electrician License. Beau has been working on developing a new range of innovative letterboxes and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.