Everyone wants their home to be safe and secure, and not only offer shelter but protection. However, many people never stop to give their house a thorough examination to see where holes in their home security exist. If you are wanting to make your home safe, read on for great tips!
Use Your Locks
Yep, those locks are there for a reason—to secure your home! Not using the locks on your doors and windows means you are missing a crucial area in your home’s security. Get in the habit of always locking your doors and windows, even when you are home, and they will always be locked in the event of someone trying to gain access to your home. Your front door should have a deadbolt, not just a lock on the handle, to ensure that your door cannot be easily forced open. Check your windows and examine the locks, and consider adding sturdier locks if they are flimsy. If you get in the habit of locking your doors and windows, your home will be protected when you aren’t there.
Know Your Neighbors
Having good relationships with your neighbors can go a long way in keeping your home safe. Neighbors can keep an eye on your home, alert you when there is suspicious behavior, and let you know if a garage door is left open. Your neighbors can be your eyes and ears when you are out of town or at work, and neighbors that are out and about are great deterrents to crime. So get to know your neighbors!
Light Up Your Exterior
A dark home gives a potential intruder places to hide and gain access under the cover of night. Using lights around the exterior of your home makes your home visible to neighbors and from the street, and less likely to be burglarized. Use lights in trees, by your garage doors, front entrance, and any other side entrances. Putting lights in your backyard as well makes the perimeter of your home bright and unwelcoming to any potential intruders.
Get a Security System
Utilize a security system in your home, and make sure to put the security sign in the yard to advertise that your home is protected. Studies have shown that neighborhoods where security systems are utilized have fewer home burglaries—even in those homes that aren’t protected. Make your neighborhood seem uninviting to thieves and secured by a monitoring system that will sound an alarm and notify law enforcement.
Assess Your Home
Look at your home like a potential intruder would. Walk around your exterior and look for any bikes, lawn equipment, or other items that someone would see as valuable. Secure items that are outdoors, they are just invitations for someone to come into your yard and see what else is available. Are there windows that make TVs, video game equipment, or other electronics visible to the street? Do you have a first floor bedroom with jewelry out on the dresser? Keep valuables put away, and make sure that your items aren’t tempting anyone from the street. Double check any windows that are on the first floor, and basement windows and window wells. Make sure there are no ladders or other implements outside that could be propped up to access a second floor window. Could you easily get into your home without a key? Secure any points of entry to keep your home safe.
Ditch the Hidden Key
If you are keeping a key hidden in your mailbox, under the doormat, or in a fake rock in the garden you should reconsider. Burglars know all the good hiding spots for extra keys and will use them to gain easy access to your home. If you have kids, they may share your hiding spot with other friends and soon your “hidden” key isn’t so secret anymore. Instead of hiding it, give an extra key to a trusted neighbor for safekeeping.
Keep Your Car Locked
Do you park your car in the front of your home, or in a driveway? If you have a garage remote in your car, or pre programmed buttons, an unlocked car can become an easy entry point to your home. Not only are you risking the theft of any items inside your car, or the car itself, but leaving your car unlocked could also be giving a potential thief access to your home. Also, don’t leave garage remotes or keys near the door or in view, secure them in a cabinet or a drawer.
Make your home look lived in, even when you are at work, on vacation, or out for the evening. Putting timers on your lights can ensure that it always looks like someone is home, and your home doesn’t look appealing. Newer security systems allow you to control the lights in your home, and even your door locks, remotely from your phone. Take advantage of this new technology and keep your home looking occupied.
Get New Doors
Did you know that a large percentage of intruders enter homes through a door or window? A large percentage of them enter through the front door, showing that thieves are not shy to use your home’s main point of entry. Because your doors are the main entry point to your home, you need to make sure that they can withstand someone trying to kick, pry, or force them open. This is where Full Armor Windows and Doors can help. Our ProVia Legacy™ steel entry doors are built to protect your home, and are packed with security features. Check out some of the ways that Legacy doors are built to safeguard your home:
- Composite top endcaps increase rigidity
- Mechanical interlocks gives these doors exceptional structural strength
- Foam filled by a computer driven process for strength
- The edges and face skin are one continuous piece of steel for strength and durability
- 20-gauge steel gives you 49 percent more galvannealed steel than standard steel doors
- Composite bottom endcaps increase rigidity
- Come with an anodized nickel threshold
ProVia’s Legacy steel entry doors are built with safety and security in mind, and are built to withstand impact and potential intrusion. On top of all of these great features, they look beautiful too! Don’t sacrifice the aesthetic look of your front entry when you choose to increase the safety; Legacy steel doors protect while offering textured panels and contours that mimic the beauty of wood. We carry many different styles and options in our Legacy doors, so you are sure to find something you love. Don’t go any longer with doors that aren’t keeping your home safe—choose Legacy steel doors and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your home is protected.
So if you are looking for ways to keep your home safe, your front door is a great place to start. Because doors are a major point of entry to your home, having steel doors that can withstand impact is crucial to home security. If you are concerned about your windows, Full Armor can help with those too! We are your trusted door and window installers in the Ralston, Council Bluffs, and Omaha area and would love to help you make your home more secure—call us today!