Transform Your Home Into Fort Knox

Knowing your home's fully secure gives you peace of mind whether you're at home sleeping or away on vacation.  A secure home is also much more attractive to potential buyers when it comes time to sell.

Most thieves are opportunists who see an open door or window and decide to take a chance and see what they can make off with.  There are many ways to successfully secure a property but homeowners should start with the basics.

Install strike plates on your doors to help protect the deadbolt from crowbars or kick attacks.  Thieves want to get into your home as quickly as possible so if one forceful kick doesn't work, they’ll likely turn and run.

Windows are popular break in points so install heavy sash or keyed locks.  Installing an eyebolt in window corners also prevents the window from being opened from the outside.  Glass block windows are an excellent choice as they look attractive, can't be opened and are extremely difficult to break.

Your home is less likely to be broken into if you have a security system but just as you'd wear a seatbelt for a short car ride, make sure you arm your security system even if you're only popping out for a quick errand.  Don't forget to display alarm stickers on your windows and doors as they'll act as a deterrent.

Give the impression your home's lived in while you're away on vacation by installing a dusk-to-dawn porch light and ask a friend to pick up your mail.  Although innovative technology allows you to control blinds and lights right from your smartphone, you'll still need to find someone to cut your lawn as no one's developed an app for that yet :)

When it comes to home security, paying attention to the simple things can often make a huge difference.  Take time to "case the joint" and list all the security failures that burglars would appreciate.  Potential buyers will prefer to purchase a fully secure home as it's one less thing they'll need to take care of.  Prevention is key, so stay safe by making your home’s security a priority this month.


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