Smart Home Security Tips For Your House

Security is always underrated as many homeowners are already assured of their home or neighborhood’s security upon purchase. It is sometimes enough to simply lock the door and rest peacefully at night. However, home security is more than just locking the house doors- though that should never be overlooked – sometimes more measures are required to insure the safety of you and your family.

To fully secure all your home’s belongings as well as the lives of the people living with you, it is wise to put extra effort when it comes to home security. So, here are some smart tips on how to properly secure your house.

  • When you move into a new house, always change the locks first. This will prohibit previous keys and duplicates to easily gain access to your doors.
  • Even when you are away, make sure your house appears occupied at all times. Making your house seem like there are people inside will help to deter any burglars from taking the risk and entering your home. You can do so by switching the lights on during the night or use timers to schedule the switching of your lights on and off, even your radio to create noise within the house.
  • Double lock your main doors. Often burglars who are already “experts” in their field know how to pick the first lock. So, having a second lock that is not similar to the first lock will not make it an easy task for them to enter.
  • Do not leave spare keys in usual areas like under the doormat or in a fake rock. Bury it somewhere you can easily find or have it somewhere extremely unusual but easy for you to remember and find.
  • Consider a strategic landscape in your lawn. This means that do not let trees or tall plants block the view of intruders inside – if you are close with your neighbors ask them to keep an eye on your place when you are away, but this is only helpful if they can see inside.
  • Dogs are always good in detecting intruders or strangers trying to get inside the house. You can make use of such ability by training your dog to bark only when an unfamiliar person is in the home.
  • If you have glass panel doors and windows that can easily be broken and allow a person to get inside or unlock the door, cover it with a separate door locked grills at night or before getting out of the house. Even if it is another glass door, the noise alone will attract more attention to the home than any burglar would want. Make sure that your lock cannot be reached easily when a small break of the glass can accommodate a hand inside.
  • As much as possible, install a security alarm inside your house. Test it regularly to see if it still works properly.
  • If you have the effort and time, try to act like a burglar inside the house and see if you can get inside yourself.

By following these simple guidelines and tips – you will help to upgrade the security of your house, your family and yourself.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838

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