So, you just moved into a new home and it’s time to consider your home’s security. The best way to go about doing this is to put yourself in the shoes of a burglar and take a slow walk in and around your home. Look for weak points and think how you would exploit them.
For the most part, the weakest points in a home are the doors and windows. Many homes will have adequate locks on the front door and windows of the main floor; however, there are other points of entry that are worthy of attention. With the help of a ladder, second floor windows can be just slightly less convenient to enter your home through than your front door. Other entrances that are easily accessible to burglars include basement windows, back doors and sliding doors.
One entrance that people will most commonly ignore is their garage door. People will generally store a wide variety of valuable things in their garages; including, cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tools and much more. In addition, garages that are adjacent to homes will often have an entry point into the home. A burglar that gains access into your garage can work on entering your home with very little concern that they will be seen.
When it comes to home security, I prescribe to the KISS theory (Keep It Simple Stupid). There is no reason to play any games. As far as doors and windows are concerned, make sure that deadbolt locks are properly installed on all exterior doors; including, the adjacent door to the garage; and that locks are installed on all windows; including, your second floor windows.
When it comes to home security systems, there are a variety of different options available and it is really just a question of what level of security that you require. A home that has millions of dollars in art and jewelry has different needs than does your average working class home. Regardless of whether you have a Picasso in your living room or a print, you should have an alarm system installed and make sure that all of the possible entry ways into your home are monitored properly. I also recommend that you have motion detectors installed in your home; they are quite affordable and offer an additional layer of security.
Finally, it is important to remember that burglars thrive in the dark and hate the light; much like vampires. Anyway, exterior lighting is definitely a must when it comes to homes and I am a big fan of motion security lights.
Generally speaking, I’m a proponent of DIY. I think; however, when it comes to your home’s security, it is important to consult with a professional. If you live in Toronto or the GTA then give us a call.