According to the latest FBI crime report, more than a third of all burglaries occur through unforced entry. In other words, homeowners could prevent one out of every three burglaries by locking entry points like doors and windows.
Below, we’ve detailed several security solutions you can use to properly secure entry points to your home.
Thirty-four percent of burglars enter through the front door, while 22 percent enter through the back door. Use these solutions to secure your home’s doors:
Lock your doors.
Install smart locks or an access control solution with credentials that let you know who’s coming and going from your home. Receive mobile alerts if a door is locked or unlocked, even if you are not physically there.
Use image or motion sensors near doors to monitor movement.
Place video surveillance cameras around doors to view activity and deter intruders.
Install a monitored alarm. A monitoring center will receive notice if someone enters your home while your security system is armed.
Garages are another popular entry point for thieves because they often allow access to the main home. Consider the following tips when securing your garage:
Always close and lock the garage to keep your items out of sight and out of mind for burglars.
Consider a smart garage with geofencing capabilities.
Install surveillance cameras in and around the garage.
Invest in remote access control for the times you leave the home and forget to close and lock the garage.
Lock the door connecting the garage to your house.
Monitor the status of your garage door via your smartphone. It can alert you if the door is open too long or at certain periods of the day. You can also close the door remotely from your phone when away from home.
Approximately 23 percent of criminals gain access to your home through a first-floor window. Follow these steps when securing your windows:
Ensure window locks function properly throughout the home. Make sure locks stay securely in place. Don’t forget to check basement and decorative windows, or any others that may be overlooked. Most importantly, keep your windows locked when not in use.
Install adequate exterior lighting around windows, such as motion-sensitive lights or floodlights. Also, trim trees and shrubs around first-floor windows to ensure they cannot be used as hiding places.
Consider mounting outdoor security cameras near your most accessible windows. In the event of a break-in, motion-activated cameras will notify you of suspicious activity and allow you to see who accessed your home.
Conceal windows. Window coverings provide comfort and privacy, while also concealing homes from prying eyes. Equip windows with quality blinds and curtains and avoid transparent fabrics.
Install window sensors. Motion-triggered sensors will send alerts to your mobile device whenever a window is accessed or opened. Place glass-break detectors on all first-floor windows; these will trigger an alarm if activated.
Consider the tips and solutions in this post to keep your property secure. Additionally, contact a trusted security expert for a custom plan tailored to your home’s needs.