You may be living in a safe neighborhood in the city, but burglaries can happen anywhere. The burglary rate in California, per 100,000 citizens is almost 500, which is a pretty high number by any standard.
It is imperative that you have a comprehensive security plan for your home that takes into account every possible vulnerability to ensure the safety of your property and your family.,
Here’s how you can develop a complete security plan for your home:
Set a Budget
The first step towards developing a security plan is setting your budget. There are many things you will need to spend quite a lot of money on, so you must have a budget set aside specifically for security.
Setting a budget will also help you identify the security equipment and strategies you can afford and add to your home. Remember that you do not need to spend a fortune on your security; you just need to be smart.
Assess the Vulnerabilities
The next step towards developing a security plan for your home is to assess all the vulnerabilities. This includes all possible entries from where a burglar may break-in.
This includes front doors, backdoors, windows, pert doors, bathroom windows and any other entryways. By assessing the vulnerabilities in your home, you will know what security measures you actually need.
Front Door Security
Around 30% of burglars break in through the front door, which is why it is imperative that you pay close attention to the front door.
Here are some ways in which you can ensure that your front door is secure:
- Ensure that there are no hiding spots in your front yard landscaping for anyone.
- Keep your front door well lit. If necessary, use smart lights that turn on automatically when it is dark. Having motion activation lights is another good security measure.
- Have a good quality deadbolt lock on your front door.
- If you like to let fresh air in, then install a security screen door along with your front door.
- Keep track of all your spare keys and if anyone of them goes missing, then get your locks replaced immediately.
Back Door Security
Back doors are generally the most vulnerable as they remain out of sight. When inside the house, make sure you keep the back doors locked at all times.
Again, having deadbolt locks and motion activated lights is a good security measure for your backdoor. Keep the back door well-lit, especially at night, so that the chances of someone breaking through it are minimized.
Securing the First Floor Windows
First floor windows are the second most popular entry spots for burglars. Have security bars installed on all your windows, but ensure that the bars do not prevent you from exiting in case there is an emergency.
The windows near the front and back doors are more vulnerable, as burglars are likely to break them and unlock the door from the inside. Therefore, ensure that these windows are always locked, especially at night.
If you don’t like having security bars on your windows, then a good option is window break alarms. These alarms go off as soon as the windows are broken, and are likely to scare away any burglar who is trying to break in.
Even after having extensive security measures, you should never underestimate the expertise of the burglars. Consider having CCTV cameras installed at various points in your home.
Thanks to modern technology, CCTV cameras have become extremely affordable. In addition to that, having CCTV cameras will save you a great deal of money in your insurance premiums, as the insurance companies are likely to give you discounts for having them in your home. Therefore, they will not take a toll of your budget.