Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:12

6 Home Security Tips to Increase the Safety of Your Property

Once you've bought a home in Springfield, IL, you should begin taking steps to ensure your property's security is up to par. To help you accomplish this, we have provided 6 tips that will increase your property's home security.

  1. Installing an alarm system. The best way to boost your home's security is by investing in an alarm system. While an attempted break in may never occur, the peace of mind you gain from protecting your home and family is well worth the monthly cost.
  2. Protecting your garage. Homeowners often overlook the security of their garage. Thankfully, that issue can be easily solved with a few simple but effective DIY projects. For starters, covering your garage windows with curtains, shades, or blinds will stop potential burglars from viewing your stored belongings, and if you are being extra vigilant you can also add bars to the windows. Next, installing a deadbolt on your garage door will make it harder for a would be thief to break in through this commonly used entry point. However, you must remember to secure and lock all possible access points, otherwise the security precautions you implemented will be useless at the end of the day.
  3. Lock check. Unfortunately burglars often gain entrance into a home through unlocked windows and doors. To ensure your home has no broken locks, you should perform a quick lock check after moving in. If you do find a faulty lock, replace it immediately or your home will remain at risk.
  4. Keep your bushes trimmed. If you have bushes in front of your first floor windows, it's important to keep them trimmed to ensure they don't provide a burglar with a hiding spot.
  5. Maintaining a clutter free yard. Never leave tools or ladders in your front or backyard. Doing so provides burglars with equipment to break into your house. A ladder can be used to access an unlocked second floor window or something as simple as a screwdriver can help a thief pry open a door. Locking all tools inside a shed or garage is your best security option.
  6. Get to know your neighbors. After buying a home in Springfield, IL, befriending your neighbors is always a plus. When you're on good terms with the people that live next to you, they are more likely to keep a close eye on your home when you are gone for the day or even when you go on vacation.

Security is an important part of homeownership and should never be taken lightly. If you are looking to buy a new home in Springfield, IL or the surrounding areas, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you.

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