If you don’t feel safe in your own home, there’s a problem. Your property is supposed to be somewhere where you can relax and unwind after a difficult day; it’s supposed to be somewhere you can put down your worries. Unfortunately for many, this isn’t the case. The following will explore a few things you can do to increase the safety of our property.
Before beginning, it is important to note that if you have any reason to believe that your home has been targeted for a crime, you need to report it to the authorities. While the following steps can improve the safety of your property, they don’t replace interference from law enforcement.
Doors And Windows
Examine the entrances into your home. Ensure that locks are working and consider installing security doors to your front door if the material feels flimsy or weak. The majority of burglaries involve entering a home through doors or windows.
Signal That You’re Home
One of the most effective things you can do to deter crime is leave signals that you are home. A car in the driveway is one of the most effective deterrents because it is a strong indication that someone is inside. Likewise, leaving on the radio or television also communicates to people passing by that someone is home.
Visibility Is Key
Take steps to ensure it’s easy for people to see what’s going on on your property. Tall bushes and shrubs, trees, darkness, and closed-up curtains all make it easy for someone to go unnoticed when they’re in the process of breaking in. Motion detector lights and tidy foliage that make it easy for people on the street to see if someone is trying to climb in a window are highly effective crime deterrents. Burglars look for homes that they can access without being seen by neighbors and people passing by.
Consider A Dog
Dogs are a major deterrent to crime because no one wants to risk getting bitten by a dog. Yes, most dogs love machines that adore humans, but burglars can’t know for sure your dog isn’t a problem from the sound of their bark. Dogs also have the added bonus of barking when people approach the home or enter the property, which can make a stealthy approach nearly impossible. You don’t need to seek out one of the tougher breeds; even notoriously friendly dogs like labs and retrievers scare away thieves.
Don’t Forget Digital Security
There’s a new wave of crime happening on your devices, and it can result in quite a lot of money lost. You might want to work with a VPN, take steps to keep personal data off social media, use a safe search engine (aka not Google), and use a secure email address like one from ProtonMail. You might think your data isn’t valuable, but you would be wrong. Data has now surpassed oil as the most valued commodity on the planet.
The above tips should help you increase the security of your property. Again, while these tips will reduce the chances of a crime being committed on your property, they won’t deter people who are looking to cause harm for personal reasons. If you believe someone has targeted you, speak to the authorities.