While you probably know to install security lights, cameras and new locks, there are a few home security measures you may not have considered. When it comes to protecting your home and your personal items, there are a few extra measures you can take. Here are just some of the options you can put into place to protect your home.
Secure Your Keys
Thieves can steal more than just your electronics and valuables. Hiding your car keys in plain sight makes it easy for a would-be thief to steal your vehicle as well. Instead of placing keys on a hook near your door, come up with a hiding spot close to the door. This can be as simple as placing them in a coat pocket on your coat tree. The goal should be to make it hard for thieves while still making it easy for you to leave your home every day.
Install A Garage Deadbolt
If your garage is attached to your home, you'll want to reinforce it with a strong deadbolt lock. The pedestrian garage door is sometimes overlooked by homeowners who think the main garage door will keep thieves out. Reinforcing this door provides an extra layer of security for your home. Work with your local locksmith service to add the new locks as well as other security measures to this entrance. You may want to consider a metal door frame in addition to the deadbolt to help prevent the door from being kicked in.
Reinforce Sliding Windows And Doors
Your sliding windows and patio doors may already have locks, but some standard locks can be easily overcome by a burglar. Adding sash jammers to these windows and doors can prevent thieves from being able to pop the locks and gain access to your home. Sash jammers are small thumb bolts that are placed in the track of your windows and door. When in place, they create a barrier that prevents the windows from sliding open. You can open the thumb bolts whenever you want to open your windows for fresh air.
Covert cameras inside your home won't prevent a break-in, but they can provide valuable information for both the police and your insurance company in the event that someone breaks into your home. You can place these cameras in rooms where your most valuable items are kept, such as your living room or home theater room. If there is a break-in, you can use the footage to show what was stolen and help the authorities to find the offender.
Schedule a consultation with your local locksmith service to have your home inspected for potential problem areas, and put these ideas to use in your home. With a little extra work, you can create a strong security system for your home.