When it comes to home protection, there are three principles that work in unison: Deter, Delay and Detect. They are referred to as the three Ds of home security. The best part is, you do not have to invest in luxury security systems to make use of these three principles. Here are some simple but effective home security tips. As a bonus, they are also light on your pocket.
1. Never leave your house unlocked
You would be surprised at the number of people who go out and fail to lock the house. It could be due to genuine forgetfulness or a dangerous comfort from having never been robbed.
Even if you do not think you will be robbed, do not make it easy for thieves in case it happens. There is nothing worse or more embarrassing than a thief who simply walked in the front door and out again.
If you find yourself often forgetting to lock you your doors, consider installing smart locks that can be controlled remotely. Using your Smartphone you can check at any time whether you locked your house.
2. When away, create the appearance of occupation
Would-be thieves often stake out their targets before hitting them. A house appearing dark and unoccupied is a ripe target. If you plan on being away for several days or weeks, do not make your home a target: produce signs of occupation.
The best way to create the impression of someone home is to use light timers. Set the timers to switch the lights on and off at appropriate times, similar to your own schedule. If you have a music system that can be set to switch on and off at certain times (or which can be controlled remotely), use that too.
3. Install an alarm system
There are plenty of affordable alarm systems that can serve as effective deterrent and detection tools. You can get your alarm system to alert neighbours and a security company or to just alert you and the neighbours in the event of a burglary. Make sure to have a notice somewhere outside stating that the home is alarm protected.
4. Install security cameras
Security cameras are some of the most effective means of deterrent. Knowing that their face will be revealed keeps a lot of burglars at bay. Have one of the cameras outside where it can be seen easily by anyone attempting to break into your home.
5. Trim tall hedges and bushes around your home
Tall hedges and bushes can provide good hiding places for burglars, giving them coverage before they reach your house. Trim any bushes in the way of your line of sight onto the street. This way, neighbours can see any potential burglars.
A bonus tip, check that your locks are functional and secure. If you need to change locks or get a new set of keys, visit www.locksmithskapiti.co.nz to contact Kapiti Bearings & Locksmiths. They have a team of 24 hour locksmiths in Kapiti ready to help you with home or car security emergencies. They the Kapiti experts in key cutting, safe locks and 24 hour locksmith services.