Burglars target homes that lack security and look vacant. A few simple measures can reduce your risk of becoming the victim of a burglary or home invasion. Improve home security now and keep your family and your belongings safe.

1. Practice Safe Behaviors

The first and most important role in home security is to practice safety at home. Double-check that the doors and windows are locked when you leave the house. Make it a habit to lock the garage as soon as you are inside the house. Make your property look occupied if you’ll be away for an extended time. Motion-detecting lighting and indoor light timers create the illusion that someone is home.

2. Landscaping to Improve Home Security

When landscaping, use strategies to help protect your home and family. Some landscaping designs welcome intruders while others slow potential invaders. Rose and holly bushes underneath first-floor windows, for example, may cause burglars to think twice before trying to climb inside. Trimmed, well-maintained bushes and plentiful outdoor lighting minimize a criminal’s hiding places.

3. Reinforce Entry Points

To better protect your home, reinforce entry points. Solid wood or metal doors reduce burglary risks. With a quality door and strong deadbolt locks, it’s almost impossible for a burglar to make entry through the doorway. Add locks to windows and patio doors and add a security bar to any sliding glass doors.

4. Install a Security System

A home security alarm is the best line of defense against burglary. Many providers offer free alarms and installation with monthly monitoring costs. Most monitoring services provide features that allow you to monitor your home from a smartphone. Installing an alarm system and adding monthly monitoring fees to your budget are steps that keep the home safe and secure.

Take the Time to Improve Home Security

The four ideas are among the many ways a homeowner can improve security and reduce the risks that they’ll become the victim of a crime.

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