Since the advent of the Internet, how we work, play, shop, do business, and watch our favorite shows has changed considerably. How we protect our homes and apartments has also changed. Unfortunately, in most parts of the world, burglaries have become more common. Additionally, how burglars get information about us before stealing our possessions has become much more sophisticated.
Protecting your home from unwanted tresspassers is a question of having varous layers of security. The more you have, the more secure everything is. In this article, we’ll explain what some of them are.
Become a Spy
In order to secure your apartment, your best asset would be surveillance gadgets. For a good CCTV aerial installation, you need to find a professional company. Surveillance is all about getting the most lighting and view possible so that you can see as much of your surroundings as possible. The fewer blind sports there are, the better.
To hide the cameras, make use of your furniture and household items. For instance, placing one behind a clock or the TV is a great idea. Other discreet places could be on or in a bookshelf, lampshade, nightstand, or even in a cuddly toy.
Check out your home for any nooks and crannies where you could hide small electronic devices. However, only select them if they provide you with a good view.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
You most likely already have a smart device, so why not use it to its full potential and let it help you keep your home safe? There are plenty of services allowing you to integrate your security system with mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. By doing so, you’ll be able to check on your house wherever you are and whenever you want, as long as you can get online.
Many security systems can send you real-time alerts either by email or text message. You will then always know whether something unusual is happening at home.
Even if you are far away, for example, on vacation abroad or a business trip, you’ll still be able to monitor your home.
Consider How Burglars Think
As you go about finding ways to secure your home, take a step back and spend a few minutes imagining that you were a burglar. If you were, how would you break into your home? Walk around the inside and outside of your home.
Seek out vulnerable spots. You could even try them out, i.e., try to break into your own home without using your front door key. However, make sure your neighbors know, otherwise you might get arrested!
A burglar needs to do three things successfully:
- Break into your home.
- Steal things.
- Get out quickly.
He or she needs to be able to do this without being seen our caught. Consider the following measures to make your home more secure:
- Change your front and back door locks.
- Install a peephole in your front and back doors.
- Add padlocks to your windows.
- Make sure your garage door has a good lock.
- If you add locks to the inside doors, you will make it harder for the burglar to get around quickly.
- Make sure the outside entrance area has plenty of lighting.
- Lock down your Wi-Fi system – secure the wireless router, enable WPA or WPA2 encryption, rename your home network (also hide it), install anti-malware and anti-virus protection, and create ultra-strong passwords.
- Install a good safe.
Hide your expensive jewelry in a secure place and leave cheaper immitations in areas a burglar is more likely to look. Then, if a break in does occur, you are more likely to lose your cheaper possessions than your pricey items.
All of this is great prevention, because intruders need to move fast out of fear that they will be caught. The more difficult you make it for them to find your valuables, the safer they will be, even if somebody breaks in.
Ask trusted friends and family members what measures they have taken. Some people recommend getting a large dog. However, remember that they need lots of care and attention.
Finding out how to secure your apartment or house need not be a huge chore. Use the suggestions in this article to get started. Start with one thing, and gradually move onto the next. Don’t try to do all of them at once. As mentioned earlier, security is a question of adding more and more safety layers. Each one makes it that little bit harder for a burglar.