I’ve Installed a Security Door, What Else Should I Consider?
Many home break-ins can be easily prevented by simply making some small changes to your home or household routines. By ensuring your home is properly secure you can drastically lower the chances of your property being targeted by a thief. Taking steps such as installing a security door will help to deter burglars as well as enabling you and your household to answer your front door securely without becoming vulnerable to an intruder.
It’s a great practice to regularly review your home security with your household and to consider your property from the point of view of a thief to assess if there are any areas that are weak or could be improved from a security perspective. Security doors are a great feature to install to protect your home, but there are other simple changes or additions that you can make which will further protect your home. Here are some other changes to consider:
#1 Consider installing window locks or security screens
Your door might be secure, but don’t forget about your windows! Windows are a common entry point for burglars. All windows throughout your property should be locked or protected by security mesh. Security window screens are a great way to reinforce your home security as they provide a visual deterrent to thieves as well as a physical barrier to stop them from accessing your property. Always choose a product that is compliant with Australian Standards regulations to ensure it has been thoroughly tested and will be able to withstand a forced break-in attempt. Jim’s Security Doors offers a range of screen options including classic diamond grilles or cast aluminum grilles, as well as more minimalist designs including 316 stainless steel mesh, or perforated aluminum mesh.
#2 Ensure your entranceway is visible from the street
For a burglary to be successful it’s important for the perpetrator not to be witnessed. Make sure your front door or entranceway is clearly visible from the street if possible. Prune any trees or shrubbery that might provide concealment to a thief or access to windows, or the upper level of your home.
Another inexpensive and effective way to deter thieves is to installing lighting around your front door or in the front yard or around rear or side door access points. Good lighting will prevent thieves from being able to access your home discretely under cover of darkness. For improved protection consider automatic lighting systems or motion sensor lighting.
#3 Ensure rear access points are secure
Your front door might be properly secured, but if a thief can easily access your home through a back or side door or through your garage, your property is still vulnerable. At the very least, make sure your household is in the habit of locking these access points but consider installing additional lighting or security doors to enhance your household protection.
Do you leave your garage open or unlocked when you’re at home? Thieves often access homes through garages so it’s important to ensure your household isn’t cavalier when it comes to securing your garage. It’s also advisable to avoid leaving electronic garage door openers in your car as thieves can take advantage of this by breaking into your car and then using the garage door opener to access your home.
#4 Consider installing an alarm system or a smart doorbell
Home security alarm systems and smart doorbells won’t physically stop a thief from accessing your property, but they do provide an effective visual deterrent as well useful evidence for the police in the event of a break-in has taken place. Smart doorbells are also great for personal protection and home security as they allow you to answer your door remotely and can provide visual evidence of an intruder in the event of a robbery. Always remember to regularly check your alarm system or doorbell is charged and functioning, particularly before you go away on holidays.
#5 Take the time to make a plan for when you go on holidays
Robberies often take place during holiday seasons as thieves know that people are more likely to be away from their primary residence. Take some time to ensure your household has a home security plan and checklist for when you go away on holiday.
- Check that all doors, windows, and access points to your home are locked and secured before you leave;
- If possible, leave a car parked in your driveway. If you’re taking your car with you on holiday, consider asking a trusted friend or neighbor;
- Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home, take your bins out if necessary and collect your mail; and
- Mow your lawn before you go away.
#6 Check you’re insured and make an inventory of valuables so that you’re covered in the event of a burglary
Make sure you’re properly insured and that you review your policy regularly, especially if you’ve made a valuable purchase.
It’s also great practice to keep a detailed inventory of all your valuable property. Create an inventory with notes such as the manufacturer, model name or number, and serial number. Store your inventory somewhere safe at your property and ensure it is kept up to date. Include photographs of items if possible as this will assist in their identification if they are stolen. It is also worth considering engraving items if possible.
Valuables that may be worth including on your inventory include:
- Expensive kitchen goods;
- Computers or tablets;
- Office equipment such as printers and scanners;
- Musical instruments;
- Gaming consoles;
- Garden tools or power tools;
- Bikes or scooters;
- Jewelry or watches;
#7 Always answer your door
Thieves often ring the doorbell or knock to check whether a property is unoccupied. It’s important to always answer the door to ensure that the thief doesn’t attempt a break-in. Security doors are great for providing personal protection when a stranger knocks at your door, as they allow you to answer the door without fully opening your property up to someone that you don’t know.
#8 Don’t leave valuables where they can be seen
To prevent intruders from being able to see into your home, shut blinds or curtains at night or if you’re not at home. If it’s dark outside but your lights are on inside, this will provide thieves and prowlers with the ability to see straight into your home.
It’s important to consider whether expensive items in your front yard are properly secured, or whether burglars can see into your home to assess whether there are easily grabbable valuables visible through windows. It’s also advisable to discard box packaging carefully if you have bought expensive electrical items such as iPads, computers, or TVs. Thieves may be tempted to target your property if they have been able to identify the presence of valuable items. Ensure expensive gardening or sporting equipment is properly locked away when not in use.
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