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Burglar Proofing Your Home

September 27, 2016

You have an alarm, security gates and private security, but how safe is your home? When it comes to home safety and protecting your home, you can never be too careful. Home security tweaks are essential in protecting your home against criminals who are targeting your home.

To that end, we’ve put together these burglar proofing tips to help you increase home security.

Burglar Proofing Your Doors

  • Burglars often use crowbars to pry doors open from the frame so double check that all your doors fit snugly in their frames.
  • French doors can be a big home security risk, even in gated communities. This is because the split door set and glass plates make it very easily kickable. Reinforce French doors for betters house security.
  • For good ventilation and a more secure pet access point, use a lockable latch to let fresh air in while keeping opportunist thieves out.
  • If you’ve just bought a home, it is worth upgrading the locks. Many people cut corners by buying less expensive, discount locks. Investing money in good quality looks will make them harder to pick.

Burglar Proofing Your Windows

  • Add security film to your windows to make the glass harder to breakthrough and therefore decreasing the risk of opportunistic theft.
  • A great DIY home security tip is to plant thorny bushes and shrubs under windows to protect your home and make it harder for unprepared burglars. For more DIY home security tips, head over to our 7 DIY Home Security Tips post.

General Burglar Proofing

  • Don’t leave any valuables in sight from windows that could catch the eye of a prowler. For those very important documents, consider installing a safe.
  • Don’t forget to lock the garage and tool shed. If a thief manages to get onto your property, an unlocked garage or tool shed could give a thief the tools they need to break in.
  • Improve home security by keeping entrances lit. Consider installing automatic lights to eliminate dark corners for criminals to hide in.
  • Use our securing your vacation home guide before going on holiday.
  • No matter how secure your complex or neighbourhood is, always keep your doors locked.
  • Use light-timers in the winter months to avoid coming home to a dark property.
  • When renting or buying a new property, the first thing to do when taking occupation is to change the locks.

Burglar Proofing Your Windows

  • If you’re parked in your driveway while you pop in and pop out, avoid leaving your garage door opener in the car. A hiding prowler could break in and retrieve it for later use.
  • Windows in the garage can increase your home security risk. If a criminal gains access through the window, they will be able to pull the security release card of the garage door, giving entry to others or his crew.  Make sure you have motion detectors and/or security bars over that window.

We hope these home safety and DIY home security tips give you some more peace of mind. Have some of your own? Message us on Facebook to be featured.

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