Does the term home invasion fill you with dread? Do you worry that your home is not safe enough to deter a burglary attempt? If you answered yes to these questions, it means that you’re self-aware enough to understand the risks you face as a homeowner. What’s more, your self-awareness is what will make your home safer for you and your family.
In this article, Firstline Locksmith wants to share four tips on how to prevent home invasion for Princeton homeowners. And if you’re not sure about the security of your home, it’s time to give your local locksmith a call today! Otherwise, continue reading to learn more.
Four Home Invasion Prevention Tips
Your home is your castle; it’s your oasis; it’s your hideaway from the world. But what if a criminal attempts to break in and disturb your peaceful abode? Granted, 71 percent of burglaries across the nation occur at residencies, but you can do something about. Your awareness toward the chance of a home invasion is only making you, your family, and your home safer. Here are the four tips to prevent home invasion:
Tip #1 – Upgrade Your Home Security
The simplest move you can make to improve your home security is to make your home impenetrable to any unauthorized parties. In most cases, homeowners do not take home invasion seriously until after their home and peace of mind has been targeted.
As a homeowner, you need to assess every square inch of your home for potential access points and vulnerabilities. Start with the doors and windows — even on the second or third floor. Do you have a basement or crawl space? Make sure all external access points to these spaces are secured and impenetrable, too. Want to go the extra mile with upgrading your home security? Call a professional for a home security assessment.
Your ultimate goal is to fortify your home. Not only will you be addressing your own personal paranoias and fears, but you will also be addressing the security and safety of your family. Take your time assessing your home.
Tip #2 – Install Additional Security Impediments
It’s a fact that no matter how much security you add to your home a burglar may still try to break in. This is why you need to add security layers. These security deterrents or impediments will help reduce the chances that a criminal follows through with their initial decision to invade your home.
A layered security setup makes it harder for criminals to gain access to your home and escape after they’ve stolen or caused damage. The initial goal for security deterrents should be to fill any gaps in your current home security measures. The second goal is to add one or two layers on top of what already exists. This way, you have multiple layers a criminal will have to deal with to invade your home.
Here are three security layers you can add to your home:
- Surveillance Cameras
- Monitored security alarms
- Burglar proofing solutions (windows, doors, and more)
Remember, there are two types of security deterrents: passive and active. Keep in mind the security type you layer your home with so that you have both passive and active features included in protecting your home from invasion.
Tip #3 – Make Your Home Uninviting To Criminals
A majority of home invasions are predetermined. This means that the common thought that homes are randomly chosen by criminals is mostly false. What does this mean for you and your home? You need to make your home unattractive to criminals. How do you do this without negatively affecting your home’s curb appeal or home value? It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Furthermore, it’s an investment in your home security and family’s safety.
The ultimate goal in making your home uninviting to burglars is to make it look like a challenge to the average neighborhood criminal. Here are some suggestions:
- Do not flaunt valuables
- Use lights to make it look like someone is home
- Add extra security measures to sliding doors and windows
- Take your spare key inside while you’re gone
- Secure your perimeter and yard
- Notify local police if you leave your home for an extended period
- Let neighbors, friends, and family know you’ll be gone
- Lock all doors, windows, and access points
Tip #4 – Occupy Your Home During Vacations
It’s uncommon for homeowners to hire someone to stay in their home while they are gone, but it’s a great tactic to use. You can find house sitters online through various websites or apps that will occupy your home while you’re gone. This makes your home less attractive as a target for home invasion. What’s more, you can contact said occupier for updates on your home.
Don’t want to spend the extra money on a house sitter? You can always look for people who will watch your home for simply allowing them to use it as a stopping point in their travels. These are called couch surfers or traveling house sitters.
Firstline Locksmith Serves Princeton
Your home in Princeton needs extra security, and you’re aware of it. Now, all you need to do is assess your property, make a list, and then call a professional locksmith. At Firstline Locksmith, we help homeowners secure their homes with door locks and window security. We can also help with safes and more. Give us a call today to ask questions or schedule your appointment.