There are many precautions you can take to protect your property and what’s in it. No matter how safe your neighborhood or how careful you are, there are a few simple steps you can take to minimise the chances of damage or theft.
Focus on door and window security
Invest in a solid door with good security features. Doorbells with a camera feature are readily available and will send them images to your phone so you know exactly who is at your door. Keep windows closed when the house is empty, and use sensors that notify you (sometimes via an app on your phone) if they have been tampered with. Designate one person whose responsibility it is to lock up at night.
Look around your property
Get into the habit of examining your property, looking for tampering of locks, scuff marks and other signs of forced entry. Don’t leave ladders lying around where they can be used by burglars to gain access.
Invest in security features
Security lights – especially ones that are activated when they detect any motion – are an important feature for modern homes. So are alarm systems. Many advanced security systems today can be linked to your smartphone for added convenience. Look at investing in additional security on your home. Remember to also inform your insurance company of any such additions as you can receive a discount on your home insurance premium for having professionally accredited alarm systems like ‘phone watch’ fitted in your home. Displaying a ‘Beware of the dog’ sign may act as a discouragement – even if you don’t have a dog!
Maintain the property