When it comes to protecting your home, there is no such thing as too much security. Regardless of whether or not you live in a ‘safe’ neighborhood, extra security measures are never a bad idea. Of course, when most people think of security, they think of alarm systems. That’s a good first step, but there are other ways to ensure your home is protected from intruders as well. For example, the Carnahan White Fence Company can install security fencing around your home and property. Here are a few other ways you can help keep your home safe and secure:
Window air conditioners, particular those on the first floor, can be a golden ticket for would-be thieves. It’s very easy to break into your home through a window that has an air conditioner installed. All they have to do is push the unit through and voila! They’re in your home and have access to everything in it.
Most units are attached via one or two screws at the top mounting rail. To secure your air conditioner, drill additional holes and screw all the way along the top so it screws into the sash. You can also install window frame locks, which will prevent intruders from being able to push the air conditioner through the window.
When most people think of security fencing, they envision heavy-duty iron fencing that is suited for industrial properties. Residential fencing can be both attractive and secure. There are many different styles and designs to choose from, and you can find something that fits with your home’s overall style. Your home doesn’t have to resemble a prison! Whether you choose to fence in your front yard, back yard, or entire property, there is a fence to meet your needs that is both functional and aesthetic.
Lighting is something that is both stylish and functional. Landscape lighting that lights your path will prevent you or guests from tripping on their way to your front door. You can program them to come on automatically at certain times of the day, or you can purchase motion detector lights that will illuminate one’s path as they’re moving. This can give the illusion that someone is home, and would-be thieves might think twice about trying to break in.
Automatic Garage Door
Unfortunately, there are many break-ins that occur because their garage doors are not secured properly. Having an automatic door installed can make the difference between a break-in and a secure home.
Typically, automatic garage doors can only be opened by using the keypad by the door, or by remote buttons, which are usually located in a car or inside the home. To make sure there are no ‘inside’ jobs, never give out the code to anyone you don’t fully trust, and don’t tell your neighbors you’re going away for any lengthy period of time.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Aside from the threat of intruders, there are other, more deadly threats to consider. Fire and carbon monoxide are deadly to you and your family. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can help give you early warning signs of danger, so you can get out your home safely. According to statistics, more than 150 people die each year of CO poisoning. Experts agree most of these deaths were completely preventable if there had been a working CO detector.
Aside from these detectors, make sure that your family has an escape plan. Designate a safe meeting place outside and practice fire drills on a regular basis.
When considering security measures for your home, it’s always wise to think beyond your security alarm.