You Can Help Prevent a Home Invasion
You probably don’t like to think about a burglar breaking into your Atlanta home.
Everyone prefers to believe their home is a safe haven for their family and friends. However, the truth of the matter is a burglary occurs once every three minutes, according to SafeWise, the home safety and security experts.
Our team at Downs Security Solutions wants to help you stay safe. Here are some tips to help you make your home safer and protect your family and belongings from a home invasion.
Reinforce Front Door Locks
Many burglars walk through an unlocked door to enter a home. Along with locking your doors, you can reinforce your main doors with deadbolts installed into the studs of your walls instead of just on the door or frame. These reinforced locks are readily available in Georgia for a reasonable investment.
Burglars operate at night because it’s easier to hide in the dark. Installing motion-detector lights in your yard will alert you to unusual activity around your home.
Along the same vein, be sure your bushes and trees are trimmed near your home, eliminating convenient hiding locations around doors and windows.
Use Technology to Show Occupation
In days past, people would leave on their lights, television, or radio while they were away to discourage burglars from approaching a seemingly occupied home. Today, many more sophisticated systems are available to make it appear like you are home.
You can invest in inexpensive solutions such as light timers that come on and off automatically.
More sophisticated solutions involve smart-home technology that can allow you to control home systems from your smartphone. You can turn on and off lights—as well as raise and lower blinds automatically, even when you’re away from home.
Fortify Windows and Doors
Besides investing in strong locks, you can reinforce your doors and windows with metal strike plates and window bars. Kicking open a metal-reinforced door is much more difficult than breaking down a wood door. Metal bars or reinforced window locks can make your windows less accessible as an entry point to your home.
Make Security a Neighborhood Priority
There’s nothing quite like other people watching to discourage a would-be burglar. Form a neighborhood watch group so your neighbors can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
If you plan to be out of town for an extended time, be sure your neighbors know so they can report anything that seems amiss. Neighbors can also keep an eye out for things like unexpected packages, so they don’t accumulate near your door.
Don’t Help the Burglars
Be sure you lock items like ladders, garden tools, and shovels in your storage shed or garage. These items can actually help burglars break into your home. If you have patio furniture or tables, you may want to keep them out of sight or locked away, so a perpetrator can’t use them to reach higher windows.
In addition, keep expensive tools, toys, or other items put away. If a burglar sees expensive possessions outside, it’s easy to assume there are expensive possessions on the inside as well.
Contact Us Today
If you’re looking for more secure locks or other ideas to keep you safe from home invasion, call our professionals at Downs Security Solutions in Atlanta, GA. We would be happy to help you protect your family and belongings. Call (404) 873-2515 or request service online!