3 DIY Tips to Improve Your Home Security in 2016
Home invasion, property crimes and related criminal activity can be a source of constant fear for homeowners. While there is no better way to protect a home than with a Miami ADT alarm system, there are some things that a homeowner can do to make his or her own home safer.
One of the simplest ways to improve a home’s security is to use the locks on doors and windows. While some criminals do pick locks and break windows, in many cases criminals enter homes by opening doors or windows that are unlocked. By making certain that every door and window is locked, a homeowner can reduce his or her chances of a home invasion. Many windows and some doors have poor quality locks, but easy to install locks are available from a variety of sources to further improve a home’s security. To improve security further, ADT home security in Miami can remotely monitor doors and windows for break ins.
Criminals prefer to work in dark areas where they are unlikely to be seen. Though street lights provide some illumination to many houses, exterior lights are often needed to light back doors, porches, garage doors and other entryways. Dusk-to-dawn lights or motion lights that turn themselves on automatically are useful sources of security lighting as the homeowner does not need to physically turn the lights on and off each day. Homeowners need to periodically check the lights to make certain that they are working properly.
In addition to providing light to exterior surfaces, homeowners needs to eliminate possible hiding places around their homes and outbuildings. One of the most important ways to do this is by trimming shrubbery. Shrubbery should not be allowed to grow too high as it can provide a place for a criminal to conceal himself. Shrubbery should be allowed to grow close to the home where a person cannot hide between the shrubs and the home itself. In addition to shrubs, homeowners need to look at other potential hiding places and take steps to remove sources of problems.