6 Things You Can Do To Make Your Home More Secure

6 Things You Can Do To Make Your Home More Secure

As you prepare to move into your new home, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel more secure. Although–more than likely–you won’t be targeted by a criminal (unless you live in specific neighborhoods), it is still vital that your home looks like there’s nothing worth stealing inside. While it’s not always possible or even necessary to implement all of these security measures, they are things that you should think about implementing before you move in. If some of them require hiring a professional, such as an electrician, do so now. This way, you won’t feel as if you’re wasting money on something you could have done before.

To get started with making your home more secure, read below for six things you can do.

1. Get An Alarm System Installed

Although the cost will vary depending on what type of system you get, an alarm system can go a long way toward making your home safer. The nice thing about these systems is that they help deter burglars and even scare them off if they try to break in. Have your alarm system installed by professionals from www.iottoday.com who have years of experience with these types of systems, which means they’ll get your system connected so you can get on with your life. And although most burglars are usually experienced enough to know how to stop the alarm–as quickly as possible–you’ll probably still have time to call the police and catch them in the act.

2. Secure Your Doors

You don’t necessarily have to install steel doors or bars to make them more secure. Although this is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of making your home safer. Instead, you should focus your attention on the actual knobs and locks. Replace your doorknobs with deadbolt locks. The locks require a key from the outside and a knob to turn inside to open. If these types of locks aren’t possible–or if they’re too expensive–install chains and slide bolts on all of your exterior doors. Either way, keep your keys close to you. This will prevent anyone from breaking into your home through a door you may have forgotten to lock.


3. Get Your Gas And Water Shut Off

If you live in an apartment building or townhome, you can skip this tip. However, if you live in a house by yourself–or with just your family members–you should have the gas and water shut off before you move in. This will prevent anyone from using these utilities without your permission. Even if you are only going to be staying in the house for a month before moving out, it’s still essential that these services are turned off so that no one can use them illegally against you.

4. Install Surveillance Cameras

If you’re concerned about your home being broken into while you’re not there–or if you’re worried about a neighbor vandalizing it–one of the best things you can do is install surveillance cameras. You can record footage on a digital video recorder or upload it to your computer so you can monitor activity from there. If you choose to have live streaming, this will allow you to see what’s going on around the house in real-time. And, if you live in an apartment or townhome, you can ask your landlord to install them for you.

5. Get A Dog

If you’re serious about protecting your home and deterring criminals, getting a dog is probably one of the best things you can do. Dogs are great to watch because they bark whenever someone new comes into their territory. The more dogs you have, the more noise they’ll make–which will help to scare burglars away. Plus, if the burglar does happen to get in, he’ll have to face your four-legged friends before he can get to you–or your valuables.

6. Make Your House Look Occupied

Remember, criminals, are looking for easy targets. So, if you make your home look occupied–even when it’s not–you’ll discourage them from targeting you. You can do this in several ways. One way is to use timers that control lamps and other electrical appliances so that they go on and off at different times of the day–creating the illusion that other people are constantly in and out. If this isn’t an option, you can always use Christmas lights or keep a radio on while you’re gone. Just make sure to unplug everything before you leave, so no one gets electrocuted or anything else while your home is empty.

Keep your home safe by locking all of your doors and windows, even when you’re inside. If you have any spare keys outside, make sure they are kept hidden somewhere where no one will be able to find them accidentally or on accident. Also, think about using deadbolt locks and other security features if they aren’t too expensive for your budget. Finally, consider getting an outdoor surveillance camera or asking your landlord if they can install one inside your apartment or townhome condo. Also, get a dog to discourage criminals from breaking in.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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