Gabriella Diesendorf is blogger from Australia. She loves badgering about beauty, green lifestyle choices and parenting techniques
Home should be the place where you feel safe. Otherwise it is not a home. When you have big family, safety is a primary concern. Crime statistics are constantly growing and house breaks are among the most common. You can think: “That will never happen to me”, but that kind of reasoning will not get you anywhere. It is better to think ahead and prevent any intruders to disturb your peace. There is no magic solution to protect the home in which you live. Still, there are some precautionary measures you can take to ensure it is safe when you are in it and when you are not.
People believe what they see with their eyes. That is why you should try to trick people into thinking you have top notch security system and discourage burglars from even trying to enter your home. Try to get “inside the mind” of a burglar. What would prevent you from breaking into someone’s house? You can create an illusion of security by putting up fake security stickers and signs (Beware of the dog! Video surveillance…).
If you leave some door unlocked, you might as well leave some invitation and welcoming card for the intruders, too. Every time when you are leaving the house, check all doors. The second thing you can do is to check just how well they are locked and they stop forced entry. Installing deadbolt locks will be enough in most of the cases. Sometimes, it will be necessary to change the door or modify the frame. Have in mind that well-installed door made of quality material can serve as a good insulator, too.
A burglar could simply lift up sliding window from its frame and go inside your house. That is why you should drive a few screws into the top track above where the window sits when it is closed. Leave the screw heads protruding a bit, so the window could never go high enough to allow unwanted entrance. Protect casement and awning windows by installing special locks. Do not forget to secure basement windows too.
Tricking people into believing that you have video surveillance is good. Actually installing video surveillance is even better. Not only the potential intruders will be discouraged, but if that is not the case, you will have evidence footage which you can use to identify them. You can decide for trail camera system and for hunting cameras which you can camouflage into the surrounding so the burglars will not even know they are recorded from that angle.
You do not have to go full tech to protect your home. Actually, a dog is the best burglar repellent there is. And we are not talking about fluffy and friendly poodles and pugs. You will need a guard dog, such as Akita, German shepherd, Doberman, etc. If you must go for fluffy, than at least go oversized and get a Chau Chau. Training the dog is a good investment. You should make sure that it is not hostile towards your family and guests.
Ensure that you have high visibility in your backyard, so that there would not be any place where a burglar could hide from your or your neighbors’ sight. Installing a good exterior lighting is the first thing you can do.
Motion triggered light is even better solution. You should also avoid having tall and thick shrubs and trees near the windows and doors. Privacy fences are another potential burglary entry point, so steer away from them, too.
Image by Hesperian via Wikimedia Commons
You know how they say? Better safe than sorry. You will sleep more peacefully knowing that the home in which you live is well-protected. Do your part in that process, and take the necessary precautionary measures.