Securing Your Home Without Making It Obvious

Have you just moved into your new home? Maybe you have been through some bad experiences such as theft or a break-in. You might also just want to make your property safer now that you have children. Irrespective of what your reason could be for wanting a more secure home, know that in this day and age you won’t be short for ideas. Decorating the home is incredibly important for our sanity. Who on earth would want to live in a home that isn’t made in their taste? If your home looks like someone else would feel more comfortable living in it, it’s a giant boost for morale when you start a fresh interior design approach. New homeowners do this a lot to get rid of the previous owner’s footprint. Yet, the other peace of mind we all desperately yearn for is feeling safe and protected in our home. If there’s one place on this beautiful blue and green sphere you should feel completely at ease, it’s your very own home. Nothing and no one has the right to encroach on your privacy, quality of life and the right to use the property how you like. So man the fort and secure your home!

Deadbolts tell no tales

Spring-loaded bolts are very common all around the modern world. They are the primary lock that we use every day in our homes. These are also very cheap to make, they don’t use a lot of material, they don’t need a lot of time to be fixed to the door and they can be replaced very quickly if they break. All of this is basically for convenience. Spring-loaded bolts go in and out when you turn the doorknob. They are therefore easy-access. This makes sense for when you’re going in and out of your own home as you please. However, criminals also think these are convenient because they are able to fool or hack the lock with nothing more than a credit card. How they do this is simply put tension on the doorknob by rotating it and then jamming a thin but hard material between. They bend inward and hey-presto, they’re inside.

A deadbolt, however, is far more complex in multiple ways. First off, the bolt in the lock does not move via spring tension. There is no spring in the lock at all, so the only way the bolt can move is with a key. Deadbolts should be one above your normal lock. The deadbolt keyhole is also protected by a large solid metal cowling so no one can hack away at it to get access to the keyhole. The keyhole itself is deep in the metal structure so picking is very difficult in the first place. If you’re going away for a while, live in a crime-ridden area or just want added protection, a deadbolt is what you need. It’s an extra pair of keys but no big deal.

All together now

Why would you ever need home insurance? The top reasons being, because you live in a dangerous high crime area, there are frequent storms where you live, floods are commonplace, in case a fire burns it down, or perhaps if you accidentally destroy a part of it while remodeling or something of that nature. All very good reasons but since the probability of those things happening is pretty low depending on the average circumstance, it’s not really enough to get you to sign on the dotted line of a home insurance policy.

If you have a house you most likely also have a car. Parking your car out on the street is never ideal. Tossing and turning at night over the thought of your car being scratched, stolen or hit by another car is not something you want to go through. So having some kind of mixture of the two that would combine the two areas of coverage is not something you would pass on if the benefits were right. One of the simpler packages is the Morison Home & Auto Insurance policy. By bundling both home and auto insurance you save up to 30% then you would if you took out policies separately. It doesn’t matter if one or the other, whether it’s your car or your home that you need to repair or recover lost property from, this policy won’t impact your yearly price over the other. It’s also a single deductible as it can be claimed as the same incident for home or your car.  

The physically weakest point

Put yourself in the mind of a burglar. If you were standing outside your home in the middle of the night and you wanted to get inside, how would you do it? Normal law-abiding citizens can’t wrap their head around the thief’s mind. It’s what makes us naive and make silly mistakes that any local police officer would shake their head at. It seems so obvious what you should try first. Sometimes people just leave their doors open, so hey why not try there first. If that’s not going to work, the next thing you would do is look for vulnerable materials like glass. Wood, brick, cement and even strong plastic will all put up a better fight. But glass, all it needs is a good sharp impact and it will shatter or crack. 

There’s not much you can do to stop the glass from being broken. It’s just something you have to live with. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be alerted when someone is trying to smash your glass windows. By setting up a glass break sensor, burglars will have a big surprise waiting for them. Even if the glass is just vibrating rapidly from a punch of a thrown rock impact, the sensors sound the alarm. If it’s just a simple thud caused by a ball the children are playing in the garden, the sensor won’t activate. Obviously, glass shattering from a crowbar hit, will instantly cause the sensor to go off. 

Hide and seek

Back gardens can be the place where people who want to break and enter your home, try first. It’s too obvious for them to go the front way even at night time. They will also bypass your security cameras by using the foliage you have in your garden at key locations. In the front garden, plants, shrubs and trees give your house more appeal. These things would obviously raise the price of your home because they seem picturesque and they add depth to your property. However in the back garden, it gives criminals a place to hide. The last thing you want to do is give them hide and seek hiding places where you can only see them if you go up really close.

It’s a good idea to keep your trees trimmed of leaves and perhaps even cut off a few of the low-hanging branches. Bushes and shrubs near the garage and shed should also be removed so you have clean lines which you can even make out in low light. Just being able to see the burglars coming gives you peace of mind because you know you will have time to react. For more safety, pack away any ladders and chairs outside, which could be used to climb onto your roof or get access to a higher window which you leave open for airflow and temperature control. Lock all your doors including the garage and shed. Don’t leave any expensive items lying around such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers. It’s a good idea to just place security stickers on your garage, shed and fence in your back garden so anyone who shouldn’t be there knows you’re watching them. 

Three, two, one

Of course, getting some kind of home camera security system is on the top of everybody’s list, but we’re covering areas which you normally don’t get to hear about. One of them being automated LED lights all around your home. Small LED lights that are placed in the ground all-around your home, make a 360 degree bubble of light. Setting the lights to a time schedule greatly improves your own awareness of what’s happening around the house. Every night at around 8pm, your front porch can be lit by lights that are placed in the ground or hung along a fence. The back garden too can be lit but the entire perimeter should be bathed in light so there are no dark spots which thieves can use to hide in. 

The first thing you should do to make your home more secure is to install a deadbolt. Firstly, it won’t give away the ghost such as padlocks and other obvious locks do. The deadlock only works with a specific key, so there’s no way to fool it by using a credit card. The other discreet way of making your home safer is to install a glass break sensor. A normal vibration won’t set it off but the obvious man-made impact will set an alarm blaring. 

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