10 Easy and Essential Home Security Tips

front porch of house with proper home security

Using simple yet effective security measures can significantly enhance the protection of your property. Here are the top ten home security tips you can use to help safeguard your home and protect your loved ones. 

1. Install a Security System

Consider the benefits of a professionally installed security system and DIY options to see which is the best fit for you. Professionally installed systems offer comprehensive coverage and around-the-clock monitoring, while DIY options allow affordable flexibility as you can configure the design of your security system to meet your unique needs. 

2. Reinforce Doors and Windows

Reinforcing entry points makes it difficult and less attractive for potential burglars looking to gain access to your home. Sturdy locks and deadbolts are crucial for your doors. Windows also need to be reinforced to stop intruders. Bars are an option, but they obstruct vision and make your rooms feel a little bit like a prison cell. They also require maintenance in order to prevent the build-up of rust. On the other hand, using security film helps make the glass stronger, adding an extra layer of protection.  

3. Upgrade Outdoor Lightning

Intruders love to hide under a cloak of darkness. While you can’t stop night from falling, you can use outdoor lighting to your advantage. When considering upgrading your security, think about installing motion-sensor lights. Well-lit exteriors are a deterrent that makes it much harder for intruders to approach your home undetected.

4. Secure Garage and Shed

Ensuring the security of your home includes protecting both your garage and your shed.

To secure your garage, invest in a reliable door opener that uses rolling code technology. This reduces the likelihood of it being hacked as following each usage, the opener and its remote will randomly activate a new code, and the previous code will be deactivated. 

When you’re setting up or enhancing your security system, think of your shed as being an entry point to your home because it holds a lot of valuable items. You’ll want to invest in a strong padlock that isn’t easy to pick. You can also attach a motion sensor light near your shed to stop a thief in their tracks.

5. Install Peephole and Doorbell Cameras

With video doorbells and peepholes, it’s easy to identify who’s at the door before you 

open it. Doorbell cameras have the added advantage of allowing you to use your smartphone to see and talk with the visitor. 

6. Don’t Advertise Your Absence

Break-ins are more likely to happen when a home appears empty. When you’re on 

vacation, create the illusion of someone being home. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your property. You can also either ask them to pick up your mail and newspapers, or you can stop their delivery. Light timers will also give the impression of somebody being home to deter would-be intruders.

7. Maintain a Well-Kept Exterior

Regularly maintain your lawn to show your home is occupied and well-cared for. Remove any overgrowth or high bushes near windows to prevent uninvited guests from having ease of access.

8. Lock All Entry Points

Always lock your doors, windows, and outside gates, even when you’re home. Double-checking they’re secure is an easy way to ensure that you have a barrier to discourage opportunistic criminals.

9. Use Smart Home Security Features

Utilizing smart locks, surveillance cameras, and a remote monitoring system offers a balance of convenience and control. Surveillance cameras provide video evidence and remote monitoring lets you keep a watchful eye on your property from anywhere in the world. 

10. Practice Vigilance and Build a Community

Work with your neighbors to foster a sense of unity, develop open communication, and 

deter criminals so you can create a safe neighborhood for everyone.

Following these home security ideas allows you to enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’re safe, and your home is well-protected. If you need assistance in setting up a home security plan, contact us for more information!