If there’s one thing that none of us want to experience in this lifetime, it would have to be a burglary. Yet according to many published statistics, it’s a reality that we must do all that we can to avoid. We say this because reportedly, there are approximately 2,000,000 (reported) break-ins each year. Close to 30 percent of them occur due to a broken or unlocked window or door, 66 percent are residential-related, the highest percent happen during the summer months and homes without security systems are almost 300 percent more likely to experience a burglary than those that do have one.
Although these are alarming findings, the good news is that there are some easy and effective home security upgrades that you can do that will help to make your home significantly more safe and secure. If you’re interested in knowing what three of those things are, we have provided them for you below:
Install a smart home automation system. There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve seen the commercial where a married couple is sitting on the porch, their children drive up and the parents ask them if they turned off everything back at home. Then you see a cutaway scene where the water is left running, the music is on and the house alarm is not set. Instead of panicking, the father simply turns off the water, the music and then sets the alarm all from a handy remote. How is he able to do this? Thanks to what is known as a smart home automation system. It allows you to control all kinds of devices in your house with the help of a remote or your smartphone, whether you’re home or away. For more information on the smart home automation feature, visit Smart Home.
Tint your windows. If you’re someone who enjoys the summertime and all of the natural light that it brings, there’s a pretty good chance that you are leaving your blinds or curtains open. However, being that the summer is the time of year when you are the most susceptible to break-ins, you need to take certain precautions so that your belongings are not vulnerable. One way that you can do this is by tinting your windows. The great thing about this particular option is that it affords you the ability to still keep your window treatments open; however, due to the tinting, you can look out of the windows but people on the outside are not able to look in. For a list of other benefits that come with professional window tinting, visit Renovation Experts and put “benefits of window tinting” in the search field.
Add a couple of deadbolts. If you were to ask a company like Allstar Safe and Lock for some home security tips, one thing we’re sure they’d recommend is that you add some deadbolts to your front and back door. Just make sure that they come with an anti-pick feature and that they are large because that makes it harder for anyone to be able to kick your doors in. Out of all of the options we provided, deadbolts are the cheapest and are just as effective too. For more information on how to find the deadbolt that is just right for your doors, visit BizSecurity.About.com and put “choosing a deadbolt” in the search field.