Posted by admin in DIY Projects, Home Improvement, House Tips on 04-12-2013
Protecting your house from intruders and keeping your family and possessions safe and sound is a priority for most homeowners.
There are a number of steps you can take down the DIY route to shore up your defenses and also other external resources you can call upon to make your home like a fortress.
The first thing that you need to do before you begin your DIY mania is to take a walk around your property both inside and out, assuming the identity of an intruder in your mind.
Take a look at all the weak and vulnerable areas where someone could break in undetected and take a note of where you could do with beefing up your security and providing some visual deterrents.
There are some lighting projects that you can do yourself and others that it would be best to call in an electrician for. It is always a good idea to have plenty of light coverage especially in dark corners or your property if they are near to a window or door.
You could consider installing some solar powered lights or arrange to have some sensor lighting which will light up the garden when someone approaches the property. Intruders often like to work under the cover of darkness so a good coverage of outside security lighting will help to reduce the risk of your home being targeted.
Another good move is to install some timer devices attached to some table lamps around the house so that when you are away from the property, some lights come on around the house at various times, giving the impression that you are in even when you are not.
Check the locks
A good security measure for your front and back door would be to make sure that they have a deadlock system, which makes the door much harder to break down. A locksmith would be advisable unless you feel confident that your DIY skills are up to the task, but there are some other jobs that you can do yourself such fitting some locks to windows if they need them.
Out of sight
Some people seem to dress their house like a showroom with the lights on and the windows uncovered so every passer-by can see that plasma TV and other luxury items on display, making the temptation too great to resist for some burglars.
Think about providing an extra layer of security and privacy by fitting some curtains or blinds up at the windows so that you hide the contents of your home away from public view. The added bonus of fitting curtain or blinds to your windows is that you can also control the temperature of the room much more easily when you can block out or let in the sun depending on the weather.
Get an alarm system
There are plenty of DIY projects you can do yourself to improve security at your home but you may also want to consider the ultimate deterrent, an alarm system supplied and fitted by a company like Best Home Security Providers.
A monitored alarm system will give you greater peace of mind by knowing that even when you are aware, someone is remotely monitoring the alarm status at your property and calling for help if it is needed.
Get working on improving your property security this weekend and benefit from a safer home environment once you have finished your jobs.
Edward Barrington is a contractor. He loves sharing his ideas and tips on consumer and homeowner blogs.