The threat of a burglary is always present for homeowners. Do what you can to protect your home from intruders. Luckily, more advancements in home security have been made in recent years to protect you and your family. Here are six easy ways to improve home security.

Hide Valuable Items

Unfortunately, storing your valuables in plain sight is an invitation to be robbed. For instance, if you recently made a big purchase, keep the empty box indoors until it can be collected, do not leave it on the curb for people to see. Keep blinds drawn, and windows closed so people can not see the valuables in your home.

Do Not Hide a Key

While you may want to keep a key in a comfortable spot so it may be used as needed, this means that burglars also have access to this key. Experienced burglars know what to look for, so you are making it easier to break in by hiding a key. Instead, use smart locks that can be unlocked with a key and a unique code that can be shared and reset.

Improve Home Security by Making the House Look Occupied

Burglars look for unoccupied homes to rob. When you leave home, whether for a short period or an extended period, make it seem like someone is still in the house. If you are away for an extended period, temporarily stop deliveries. Accumulated mail and deliveries outside the home make it known that no one is home. Even if you are away for a short period, use timer lights and program the television to turn on and off.

Do Not Use Doors With Glass Near the Handle

While a glass panel around the front door looks nice, it makes a burglar’s job easier. An intruder can break the glass and unlock the door from the inside.

Add Motion-Activated Sensor Lighting to Improve Home Security

Motion-activated sensor lights are another simple tactic to improve your home security. These lights will turn on when a motion is detected. This sudden spotlight will deter any burglar and make them second guess approaching your house.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood watch programs have been around for a long time and are proven to work. Start one if your neighborhood doesn’t have one already. These programs encourage neighbors to watch each other’s properties and raise the alarm.

Any threat to your home or property is scary, but it is possible to put security measures to have peace of mind.

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