Keeping your home safe and secure is a big responsibility, and one that most of us would prefer not to have to think about most of the time. Investing in a home security system is a great way to protect against intruders and break-ins, but there are also a lot of small things you can do yourself to make your home more secure. Your windows are among your home’s most potentially vulnerable areas, but also some of the easiest areas to improve.
- Check each window in your home to make sure they can be opened, closed and locked easily. Pay special attention to windows on the ground floor and basement windows, which are most likely to be targeted by intruders. Second story windows accessible by a balcony or patio may also be vulnerable.
- Trim back trees and shrubs so that windows are clearly visible from the street and burglars have nowhere to hide.
- Remember to keep windows locked whenever you’re not home. If you tend to open windows to let a breeze in during the warmer months, get in the habit of locking each window when you close it.
- Don’t forget about garage windows. Make sure they’re securely locked, and consider installing curtains or translucent security films to prevent others from seeing inside.
- If you have windows that don’t lock, a few simple, easy to install security devices can make them more secure. For windows that slide open horizontally, a length of dowel or other wooden object placed along the track will prevent the window from being opened. No installation is necessary – just cut a piece of wood to the proper length and lay it in the track. If your windows open vertically, steel locking pins can be inserted into the frames to keep them shut tight. Steel locking pins require only some basic drilling to install, and they generally cost $5 to $10 apiece.
If you’ve secured your windows and still want to take your home security a step further, A professionally installed and monitored home security system can keep your home and everybody who lives there safe and sound.