Sunday Mar 12th, 2017
With March Break here, the security of your home is at an all-time high. Breaks ins are common around times when many families will be taking time off to enjoy sunnier destinations. Your home’s security should always be a top priority, so we’ve put together some easy tips to make sure your home is protected whether you’re away on vacation or just out for the day.
For those in houses, this is often the first step towards a more secure home. When considering installing a new alarm system, opt for one with concealed wiring. If a burglar can clearly see the wires, they can easily disconnect them.
It’s important to always lock your door, whether you’re in a house, condo or apartment. Even when going out for a short time, like going down to the laundry or to check your mail. It only takes a minute for a burglar to walk in, take something and walk out. It’s also a good idea to install new locks when you move into a new place. While a locksmith can seem expensive upfront, you’ll be glad you invested in this added measure of security.
Having the right door is important when it comes to the security of your home. Be sure to have a front door that is solid and cannot be kicked in. A solid wood door is your best bet, but there are other options out there, such as metal and fibreglass. Make sure there is no space between your door and the frame, as even the slightest gap leaves room for an intruder to use a tool to get in. Find a professional to reinforce the door frame if you’re concerned about this. Also, be sure to check that the door hinges are on the inside of your home. If not, take down the door and reset the hinges as exposed hinges are an easy target.
Balcony and Patio Doors:
Always keep your balcony and patio doors locked when they’re not in use. An easy way you can add further security is to place something in the track of the sliding door. This could be a store bought device, a metal bar or pipe, or a common household object like a broom handle or even a hockey stick. Anything that makes it harder to slide the door open will help to ensure the door stays closed even if the lock is compromised.
Windows are cause for concern because they can be easy to break. In fact, most burglaries do not happen because of broken windows as they cause a lot of unwanted noise. Still, an open window can be an invitation to an unwanted guest. Make sure your windows have locks and keep them locked when you’re not at home. You can also install burglar resistant glass and opt for windows with multiple smaller panes as opposed to one big pane.
If you’re going away on a longer vacation or are concerned about coming home late from work, install lights on timers. This is an inexpensive option that can make it seem like you’re home even when you’re not. Both manual and digital timers exist, and the technology is advancing all the time. You can now buy timers that allow you to adjust them to different times over several days, making it seem like less of a routine timer and more like you’re really there.
It’s always a good idea to ask a neighbour or friend to check up on your home while you’re away. Have them come by to manage things that might pile up such as mail, newspapers, or deliveries. Letting these items accumulate on your porch is a sure sign no one is home. You can have them go a step further and park in your driveway to make it seem like you’re there as well. If you do ask a friend or neighbour to do these things while you’re away, be sure to give them a key and not hide it in a mailbox or under the welcome mat. If you trust your neighbour enough to look after your home, give them a key for the time you’ll be away.
If you’re going to be away for more than a couple weeks, continue your normal landscaping appointments. This is also a good opportunity to consider your landscaping in terms of security. Having trees or bushes near windows and doors could help conceal burglars. Think about removing that old tree by the side of the house if it obscures the visibility of the side door.