Essential Home Security Tips: How to Keep Your Personal Possessions Safe

Home security stats are always on the rise. We hear about neighbourhoods we thought were ‘safe’ having houses broken into and personal valuables stolen from right under our noses. And in some countries a burglary is recorded to happen every 16 seconds. Crime rates are real – and the best way to feel safe and secure in your own home is to recognise the potential dangers of the outside world and engage in practical security measures.

Creating a safe environment through effective home security doesn’t need to be difficult. But raising adequate awareness and engaging in the best safety practices is the first, most important step to help create a secure environment. Here’s a few tips to get you started for you and your family.

1. Upgrade the First Line of Defence

Your first line of defence should the home’s strongest point. Usually it’s the fence and security gates, or the front door if there’s no fencing. Upgrading to ensure you invest in the higher quality options can be effective to deterring thieves from entering the property. If this first line of defence is hard to get past – burglars are likely to give up and move on.

Fencing materials and designs that make it harder to see into the property will help to keep the place secure. Opt for heavy duty fencing and gate materials if you’re in a problem-prone area and make sure the gate has a suitable locking mechanism. If the home is equipped with hollow-core doors, these can be easily opened with the right tools so it can be worthwhile upgrading exterior doors to solid timber.

2. Store Valuables in a Safe

Should someone be able to get into your home, personal valuables should be kept in a secure safe. Too often we hide possessions in bedroom drawers or cupboards believing if it’s out of sight, it’s safe. But these ‘hiding’ spots are obvious to thieves and generally the first place they look. Safes are great for keeping important documents, money and other valuables safe in the event of an emergency.

Make sure you careful about what locking mechanisms you choose as given the right tools, some safes can be wedged over. The safe should be securely bolted and where possible hidden out of view. Consider what your ideal safe will be protecting to determine how high-quality it needs to be and use the safety and fireproof ratings to ensure it’s the best for the job.

3. Invest in Quality Dead Bolts on Key Entries

A door is only as strong as the materials used and its locking mechanism. A durable solid-timber door can still be broken if the lock isn’t effective so it pays to invest in quality dead bolts. The main entries of your home – like the front and back door – should be made out of solid wood or metal construction to avoid being kicked in. A solid lock is just as important, like a double cylinder deadbolt for extra security.

Make sure windows have appropriate locks too and fix security screens to main doors and windows. For the ultimate level of security, opt for a double cylinder deadbolt lock as opposed to a single cylinder. This features a keyed cylinder on both the exterior and interior sides of the lock and is great for glass doors too.

4. Keep Personal Information to a Minimum

With technology taking over our lives these days, it’s easy to get into the habit of posting about that exciting holiday you’re off too in a few days. Keeping this sort of information private can help to ensure your home isn’t a target. If you are heading off, even if it’s just for a few days, getting a neighbour or family member to bring in your mail and check out the house will leave a better impression to thieves that the property is still occupied.

Only tell trusted people where spare keys are kept and avoid having too many copies cut for people. Be wary every time you need to lend a key to acquaintances that could potentially pose as a risk. Keys are easily copies and can provider thieves with fast, no-fuss access to your personal belongings.

5. Use Monitored Alarms and Sensor Lighting

Security doesn’t take a holiday so it’s essential to use monitored alarms and sensor lighting to deter thieves. These both add another layer of defence to your home, providing extra security to make burglars pause before targeting your home. There are two different types of alarms – audible alert only which will simply sound when triggered, potentially scaring the thief away. Monitored alarms will sound and notify people when activated and can go through a monitoring centre to notify police.

Sensor lighting is a simple solution for preventing your home being targeted. Motion-sensitive fixtures can add extra security and be an effective safety measure if you’re doing shift work or coming home at late hours. Consider automatic timers if you’re away.

6. Think like a Thief

The best way to protect your home is to think like a thief. Walk around the property and determine what key entries, security conflicts and threats that could result in your home being targeted.

7. Install WAS Locks

WAS (Western Australian Services) Locks will help you lock up your meter boxes on your property so only you and WA’s important utilities can access your meters. Don’t put it past robbers and thieves to shut down your power via the meter box when entering your property. Lock, Stock and Farrell sell WAS Locks and also Hasp Locks if you need them.

Contact Lock, Stock & Farrell today for all your home security needs.

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