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Home Security Tips from Arpel Security Systems

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you’ve lived there for many years, it’s essential to keep your home safe and secure. Protecting your family and property makes sense, so it’s worth spending a few minutes learning some of the most effective yet simple ways to secure your home. Burglars strike every 25.7 seconds, but they’re easily deterred. Putting these tips into practice can assure that home security is one of your top priorities. You might be surprised at how easy some of these home security tips are, so we’ve provided some great ways to protect several areas of your home.

#1: Securing Your Home’s Doors

You might be surprised to learn that more than one-third of burglars stroll into homes through their front doors. Don’t make it easy for anyone who shouldn’t be there to access your home. Start by inspecting all your home’s exterior doors to ensure the door frames are strong and the hinges are protected. If your door has a mail slot, make sure that no one can reach through it to unlock your door. Change the door locks when moving into a residence that someone else used to call home. Take some additional security steps by installing a deadbolt, adding a strike plate, upgrading to smart locks, and boosting your home security with a video doorbell. Choose doors with a solid core made of metal or wood instead of hollow doors, which can be kicked in easily. Have a peephole installed if your door doesn’t already have one, and avoid glass windows or larger openings. Sliding doors should also be secured. Keep these doors secured with a safety bar on the interior floor track. Add a floor bolt or foot lock for additional security and peace of mind.

#2: Reinforcing Your Home’s Windows

After doors, your home’s windows are the most common entry point for burglars. You can’t rely on manufacturer latches for your windows because they aren’t always effective, and sometimes they’re somewhat flimsy. Start by adding window locks or key-operated levers to your home’s windows. Lock your windows every time you leave, and before you go to sleep. Even when locked, sometimes window latches are susceptible to brute force, so additional security measures should be taken. Here are some additional steps to take:

  • Add window bars
  • Use window security film to reinforce glass
  • Install window or glass break sensors that go off when windows break
  • Plant prickly or thorny bushes under first-floor windows
  • Install window pin locks so you can keep windows partially open
  • Use curtains for basement and garage windows to keep valuables out of sight

#3: Protecting Your Home’s Exterior

Before burglars attempt to break into your home, they must first make their way through your yard and landscaping. These burglars prefer areas that are dark where they’ll go unnoticed. Ample outdoor lighting can go a long way in keeping the bad guys at bay. Install lighting around your front and back yards as well as long pathways and near your garage and other outdoor structures. This will make intruders pass up your home and keep you safe by reducing your chances of stumbling and becoming injured. Thieves also enjoy the cover of dense trees and thick shrubs, so you should keep them neatly trimmed. Use automated lighting with infrared motion sensors to scare off burglars. These work well while you’re on vacation and help you save money by not needing to keep your lights on all night long. For a greener option, look into solar-powered lights. You can also opt for using a timer for your outdoor lights. Make sure your lawn has a fence or gate because they’ll slow burglars down. You can also ask your neighborhood association if they can add more streetlights to benefit your community at large.

#4: Safeguarding Your Garage

Criminals are entering through garages more often than they used to. Even if they’re unable to get into your house through the garage, there’s likely plenty of good stuff in the garage for them to take. Be sure you lock all interior and exterior doors to your garage. Sometimes thieves will stoop as low as to stealing your garage door opener out of your car. It may be a hassle, but you’re probably better off bringing the opener with you and keeping it in your house. You can always try storing it in your purse or briefcase. Use a security system for your garage and never enter your code in front of neighbors, delivery people, or anyone who doesn’t live with you. It can be relatively easy to jimmy open a garage door, so always keep it completely closed and latched. A home automation system can ensure your garage door always closes after you open it. When you go on vacation, you can unplug your garage opener or lock the door so burglars can’t lift it up. Use a smart garage door opener and cover garage windows, so no one knows what’s inside.

#5: Installing a Home Security System

A professional home security system is the best way to keep your home safe and secure. You may be reluctant to spend money on security monitoring services, but think of how much you can save by ensuring burglars don’t steal all your belongings or damage your home. What’s more, your family’s safety is invaluable. You have multiple security options depending on your budget and level of protection desired. If you’re unsure of your security needs, many local police departments offer home security evaluations at no cost, and as home security experts, Arpel Security Systems would be happy to provide you with a free quote. Many home security systems are easy to operate and won’t break the bank. They can include security cameras that can be monitored with mobile apps, and wireless security systems are also available.

#6: Securing Your Wi-Fi Network

People up to no good may not be able to physically break into your home’s wireless network like they can with doors and windows, but it’s just as critical to protect your virtual information. Your Wi-Fi network is a gateway to your personal and financial information. Using a home automation system connected to the internet can allow someone to break into your Wi-Fi to control your home and gain direct access into it. Avoid leaving yourself vulnerable by keeping hackers off your home’s internet network. Secure your wireless router and enable WPA or WPA2 encryption. Rename and hide your home network and use a firewall. Create strong passwords and install antivirus and anti-malware protection.

#7: Utilizing Security Cameras

A home security camera system is one way to deter criminals, and the footage can be used to get justice if they do strike your home. You can opt for security cameras that are a part of a home security system or cameras that operate independently. It’s recommended to use a security camera with a  mobile app so you can view footage in real-time even if you aren’t home. You can also store the footage to provide to the authorities. Some must-have features for security cameras include motion detection, night vision, Wi-Fi capability, two-way talk, local or cloud storage, and weatherproof casing for outdoor cameras.

#8: Storing Your Valuables in a Safe

Even with all the above security measures in place, it’s possible that thieves may still get inside your home. If they do, a home safe can prevent them from getting to your valuables. Safes are great places to store expensive items like jewelry as well as important documents like passports.  Your safe should be fire-resistant and waterproof. It should be heavy enough that thieves cannot walk away with it. You can also choose to have your safe bolted to the wall or floor. Some safes have fingerprint-reading systems so they can easily be opened by you and you alone. Put two locks on your safe and give your passcode to a trusted friend or family member in case of an emergency.

Trust Our Residential Security Experts

Arpel Security Systems provides comprehensive residential security solutions for homeowners in the Greater Vancouver area. Our team began protecting people and their homes in 1972. We can help you learn how secure your home truly is. We offer a wide range of residential security products and services, including alarm systems, smart home security and automation, CCTV cameras, fire and life safety, 24-hour security monitoring, flood, and water leak detection, SkyBell video doorbells, medical alert monitoring, alarm guard security, and more. Contact your local security systems company today for a free quote so you can rest easy knowing you’re protected and your home is secured.