Safety is likely at the forefront of your mind when it comes to your house, especially if it’s your family home, as your children’s safety and security is of the utmost importance to you. Not only are we talking about all your earthly possessions, in all likelihood, being stored within that one building, but we’re talking about some of the most important people on earth to you.
You want to go above and beyond to protect your family, as we all do. There’s always more you could be doing, so here are some pieces of advice if you want to make your home just a little bit securer.
First of all, get a second opinion.
A piece of advice that I can give is something I’m quite sure the majority of people never consider. I was the same until somebody suggested it to me, but a home inspection from a police officer could give you the peace of mind you need. These officers work for a public service which deals with burglaries every day of the year, so they’re essentially the most qualified people on the planet to tell you how secure your house is.
They’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. They’ve seen which flaws burglars use to get into a house as quietly as possible. If you want an expert opinion on whether your house is secure enough, then that’s the way to do it. Given that they have no allegiance to any brand or company, you can rely on them to suggest cost-effective methods too. It’s a win-win situation.
Take extra precautions.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. That may be an overused statement, but it’s true. Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, you’re better off acting pre-emptively and avoiding the possibility of your home ever being breached. Money and some possessions are priceless, but it isn’t worth the risk of losing something much dearer to you. Material things can be replaced, but a priceless gift from a family member or someone else you love can never be replaced.
Always take the extra step. Don’t cut corners. For example, if you ever lose your keys, you could get them replaced or, a more sensible suggestion, would be to go the full mile and get your lock replaced. You may have just dropped them somewhere, but there’s always the slight possibility that they were stolen. You’re better off not taking the risk and ensuring that you secure your house as quickly as possible. Lock, Stock & Farrell are a reputable locksmith, for example. That way, even if somebody has your keys and followed you home, in an extreme case, they would have no way into your property.
Run a mock burglary.
This might seem like the craziest suggestion on the planet, but it actually makes the most sense. If you want to know how secure your house is, or how well hidden all your valuables are in the event of a break in, then stage a burglary. Get a neighbour to try and find as many valuable items as possible, and, if it’s too easy, think of ways to make it harder, should the real thing ever happen. Secure items in a safe, for example.
If somebody wants to get into your house, they’re most likely going to find a way. Windows can be broken with ease. The important thing is knowing that they won’t want to stay long, so if you secure things well within the house, it should increase your chances of coming out of the situation without too many scars.