There are a huge range of options when it comes to securing your home or business and there are a variety of reasons why you might want to improve security including preventing break-ins and minimising graffiti or vandalism. On average burglars strike every 30 seconds. Melbourne and the Bayside areas are not impervious to break-ins, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for keeping your home secure, because home security should be a top priority.
Here are some easy ways to secure your home:
Secure all your doors
Firstly and foremost do not leave your front door unlocked, This will only help the burglar stroll through as over 30% of them do. Checking all your exterior doors to ensure the frames are in good condition and the hinges aren’t exposed is a great first step in securing your home. If you have an older style home you may have a mail flap on your door. Ensure this can’t be reached in to unlock the door. Installing a deadbolt is a must and there are other good tech options such as utilising smart locks or video doorbells to add that extra layer of security whilst improving the function of your home.
If you have recently moved into your home make sure you have changed the door locks. The last thing you want is strangers out there with a key to your beloved home.
Here are some quick reinforcements we recommend to keep you safe.
- Install a deadbolt
- Increase your security with a video doorbell
- Upgrade to smart locks
Lock the windows
Windows are another common entry point for burglary, so firstly keep your windows locked when you are not home. When it comes to windows, check for weak points. Upgrading flimsy locks for something more secure, or install glass break sensors, security film or bars will add a layer of deterrent.
Below are a few good ides to help make your windows burglar proof.
- Install glass break sensors on windows
- Install alarm motion detectors in rooms with windows
- Plant bushed or plants near windows to make it hard for thieves to access windows
Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. A great way to put burglars off even stepping onto your property is to have ample ambient lighting. Garden and pathway lights, entry and garage sensor lights are effective was to do this as well as being a practical home improvement.
A great way to put burglars off even stepping onto your property is to have ample ambient lighting. Garden and pathway lights, entry and garage sensor lights are effective was to do this as well as being a practical home improvement. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make deter intruders, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble down your path at night.
Effective tips on outdoor security light.
- Use sensors that activate your outdoor lighting with movement
- Put outdoor lights on a timer or a day and night sensor
Smart home automation
If you’ve been tempted to turn your regular house into a smart home, security is one compelling reason to follow through. Home automation can give you remote access to varies things in your home, which remote access to control of lights, security cameras, smoke alarms and other safety devices. You can live notifications about suspicious activity and giving you the chance to respond quickly and thwart potential intruders.
Handy ways to use home automation to increase in home security.
- Install a smart doorbell giving you two way talk through features to scare off intruders
- Install CCTV with remote access for live viewing
- Install remote access for controlling smoke alarms
- Schedule lights and entertainment to turn on an off while your away
Lock down your Wi-Fi network
Ensure that your wifi network is secure at the router and enable WPA encryption, strong passwords and a firewall. This helps prevent your home network from being hacked for financial and private information. If you have a smart home, this is essential so that criminals can’t get direct access to your home.
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable. Keep hackers off your home network.
- Use firewalls and secure your wireless router
- Rename or hide your network
- Create strong passwords and change them regularly
There are a huge range of security systems to suit any budget, from simple DIY products through to professional level home monitoring that can be installed by a licensed technician. As a bare minimum you home should have some form of security system . There are plenty of home security options with different levels of protection and at different prices. Choose a system suits the needs of your family and home.
Factors to keep in mind when choosing a security system.
- Reputable brands
- Customer service
- Smart phone capabilities
- DIY installation Vs professional installation
- Up front costs, and subscription
Add security cameras
As we have all seen on the news lately, break-ins and home invasions are becoming far too common these days. With an installed security system, not only will you be able to catch these criminals in action but you may very well be able to prevent them from acting entirely, as the cameras themselves are a very effective deterrent.
We recommend using a security camera with a mobile app, so you can see footage in real time and store it if you ever need to go to the police.
Feature to look for in security systems.
- IP cameras for remote viewing
- Vandal proof cameras
- Motion detect
- Night Vision
Security lighting is one the best preventative measures that you can take for home security. This may include outdoor motion spot lights or lights that controlled by a timer, a day nigh sensor, or any other lighting for burglary deterrence and nighttime security purposes. Burglars or intruders, no matter their intention, do not like lights on at night. It will expose them and will most certainly deter them and also light up area which will also give your CCTV cameras a clearer view.
Effective security lighting tips;
- Install motion detector lights around perimeter of your home
- Install timers on lights
- Place spotlights near CCTV cameras
Working out how to secure your home doesn’t have to be a chore and you also don’t have to do everything at once.
Identify which strategies are most important to you, and make a plan to add the rest later. Being aware of potential security risks and taking action early is the best way to keep your home and loved ones safe.