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Home security is vitally important to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones but finding ways to protect your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Here are 10 home security tips and tricks to improve your home security today:

Home Safety Tip #1: Always appear to be at home

Giving the illusion that someone is home is a good burglar deterrent when on holiday or out for dinner with friends. This can be easily done by keeping a few lights on, installing light timers to go on when needed, or keeping a radio on in the house.

Home Security Tip #2: Blend in with the crowd

Does your home stand out like a sore thumb? Criminals asses anything from expensive landscaped gardens to outer accessories, to assess the valuables you have in your home. Protect you home by ensuring it doesn’t look flashier than your neighbours, this will help prevent would-be burglars from seeing your property as the most lucrative potential target on your block.

Residential Security Tip #3: Improve home safety by keeping it bright

Motion sensor lighting around your home is the best way to surround your property with alert lighting, and is relatively inexpensive DIY security system. The brighter the lights around your property are and the more you have, will mean the harder it will be for thieves to find a sneaky (dark spots) way onto your property.

Home Security Tip #4: Know your neighbourhood

Do you know your neighbours and your neighbourhood? Criminals more often than not watch a property before they decide where and when to break in, checking when you and your family come and go. Knowing your neighbourhood and people living around you is a good way to help protect your home and will help you spot suspicious onlookers.

Home Security Tip #5: Do some pruning

Large shrubs and tall bushy trees give criminals dark, concealing places to hide without being seen by passersby, neighbours, and yourself. Keeping these pruned and trimmed or adding more motion lighting is not only a deterrent, but offers more home security and help protect your home against surprise attacks when coming home.

Residential Security Tip #6: Close those windows

Open windows, even with burglar bars and secure fencing, are an easy in. Improve home safety, by getting into the habit of making sure all your windows are securely locked which will dramatically improve home security. Alternatively, if you have to leave a window open for a pet, or want extra security when you are at home, installing a lock latch lets you enjoy the benefits of having an open window or door without losing the security of a locked door/window.

DIY Home Security Tip #7: Pick your doors

One of the biggest home security mistakes is choosing or having glass doors that allow criminals to reach the door handle easily after breaking the glass. To avoid such easy access, choose your doors carefully or when renting, make sure you have security gates installed for extra home security.

Residential Security Tip #8: Switch it up

Alarms are a necessary and effective home security measure, but when last did you change the password? Changing alarm codes regularly will ensure that even if you had previously given the code to a service provider or someone suspicious gets hold of the code, they will not be able to let it slip to someone or use it to gain access.

Home Security Tip #9: Change the locks

When was the last time you replaced your locks and keys? This home safety tip is particularly important when you are a new tenant or homeowner because you have no way of knowing who still has a copy of a key from before you moved in. Changing the locks and getting new sets of keys will give you extra peace of mind.

Home Security Tip #10: Put on your criminal hat

Protect your home by looking at your neighbourhood, your street, and your home through the eyes of a burglar. What would they see if they looked around your street? New expensive garden furniture, an unlocked window, a brand new 44 inch flat screen in the living room, or the ideal shrubs to hide behind?

If you have any ideas on DIY home security, tips on how to improve home security and prevent home burglaries please send your suggestions to [email protected] and we’ll publish and credit the author.

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