The saying goes, “You can never be too careful.” This is is especially true when it comes to protecting your home and the loved ones inside it.
Aside from the obvious fixes, (the ones that have become second nature to us, like locking doors at night, or checking that windows are locked) there a more in-depth security measure that you can take to keep your family and your home safe.
Here are some top security tips to secure your home in 2019:
Criminal Record Checks
Make sure you perform criminal record checks on all of your employees, whether permanently or temporarily employed. It’s vital that you’re sure that anyone who has regular access to your home, is who they say they are. 77% of home robberies have help from the inside. The best way to reduce crime in your neighbourhood and home is to make sure you aren’t employing criminals. There’s a great company South African company called MyImprint that you can use to run criminal record checks on all of your employees.
Close Your Garage Doors
Open garage doors are effectively an open-ended invitation for petty criminals to commit a crime. You’re practically giving them a view into the types of belongings that are in your home making it all too tempting for potential burglars. Even more important is that you may be giving hardened criminals a literal foot in the door to the rest of your home and the people in it.
Home Security Systems
Yes, make sure your doors are all locked. Yes, make sure your windows are closed. But, is this enough? The simple answer is NO! Most robbers will kick down a locked door or smash open a closed window. An alarm system should be a non-negotiable in every home. Chat with some of your neighbours and find out if they have had good experiences with security companies in your neighbourhood. There are lots of reputable, local security companies out there that can quote for and install a top range security system to suit your budget.
The last thing you want to do is make it easy for burglars to hide inside your property. Taking a walk around your home with a burglars perspective may save your life or the lives of your family. Cutting down overgrown bushes, putting a lock on a backdoor or burglar guards on sliding doors will drastically reduce your risk of a house break-in. If criminals have nowhere to hide and it takes them longer to get inside, they are less likely to target your home.
Make friends with your neighbours. Strangers are more likely to stand out in a community where people know each other. You can even set up a community WhatsApp group to check in on one another and report any suspicious behaviour in the area. Close-knit communities tend to look out for each other more than those that don’t know each other. Plus, there is an added bonus of some neighbours having different schedules which means an extra set of eyes on your home at different times of the day.
By taking these simple steps to ensure your home is more secure, you can reduce the chances of house break-ins. You may not eliminate the threat all together but it will certainly make criminals think twice about targeting your home.
Remember, prevention is always the best route to go. Reducing the number of criminals in your home and neighbourhood is the best way to keep your home and family safe this year.