The truth of the matter is that if you really want to secure your home and increase your level of privacy, you’re going to think like a burglar. Burglars know that time is rarely on their side, so they’re trying to get in and out as quickly as possible. The more obstacles you put in their way, the less of an easy target your home appears to be. If you’re looking for privacy, keep in mind that the reduced visibility some privacy measures offer, could also potentially give thieves some cover.
Fencing is a wonderful addition to a home, and a nice metal privacy fence can give you a little more distance between you and your neighbors. There are several different styles to choose from, and each has its advantages. Although some thieves have said that a fence gives them some shelter and allows them to be less noticeable, there’s no hiding someone scaling a fence. In fact, a fence that is difficult to scale just may be the kind of deterrent that will thwart a break-in attempt.
2. Security Windows
A single-pane window or glass is really easy to break through. A swift and forceful elbow or crowbar can easily do the trick. But a double-paned security widow with a laminate sheet in the middle will require some serious effort and a lot of noise to get through efficiently. Heavy-duty windows slow down the burglary, so a thief will likely move on to an easier target. Another layer of protection to add to windows is an alarm. They’re small barely noticeable devices that go on the window frames that will emit a loud noise when a window is broken or raised.
3. Fortified Doors
A locked door is a no-brainer, but have you ever considered reinforcing your door? Something like the Buddybar Door Jammer is an excellent choice. It can withstand up to 2,560 pounds of force. Use 3-inch screws in your strike plates and hinges. Adding jamb, pry, door, and hinge shields are great door reinforcers.
4. Have a Safe
A fireproof safe should be a part of every home. It gives you somewhere safe to store your most valuable belongings and important documents. It will keep them safe in blazes up to a specified temperature. Bolting it to the floor or otherwise securing it so that it cannot be removed from the residence easily is a must. Make sure that you keep the password or the keys in a safe place that only you have access to. Some items to keep in your safe include receipts for expensive purchases, serial numbers of electronics and devices, jewelry, and personal documents like the deed to your home.
5. Hide Valuables
Tucking your valuables away when you are not at home can save you a lot of headaches if you do get burglarized. Thieves know that the master bedroom, home office, and closets are likely to hold the best finds, so hide your things in less likely places. This includes the kitchen, linen closet, laundry area, and even under the sofa. Get creative with your hiding spot, but just don’t hide it so well that you can’t find it yourself.
It’s no fun having your home broken into, and no one wants to think that it could happen to them. Unfortunately, there are people who are looking to victimize someone. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Whether you’re looking for a little more privacy or you just want to feel safer in your home, these tips can make a big difference in how you experience your home.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.