Unfortunately, wherever you live in the United States or indeed virtually anywhere else in the world, gone are the days when you could comfortably and confidently leave the windows to your home open at night and the door unlocked.
With the rise in cyber-crime, the types of security you need may have changed from what you used to know – criminals and burglars are becoming more cunning all the time and you need to protect yourself from all attacks. With this in mind, continue reading to discover the top four best ways to secure your home against intruders.
1. Triple-Glaze Your Windows
First and foremost, the most effective way of preventing opportunist burglars breaking and entering into your home is to ensure you doors and windows are as secure as possible.
Triple glazing is definitely the safest option and if you are currently unfamiliar to both the differences between double and triple glazing and indeed the benefits of the latter, then you should make this one of your top priorities in striving to protect your home and your family.
2. Update Your Firewall Software
If you are currently, or even permanently, working from home and therefore have constant access to sensitive company information and private customer information, you are more vulnerable and indeed more likely to be a target of, cyber-crime than other households.
Ensure that both your comprehensive anti-virus software, as well as your firewall software, are up-to-date and fully functioning and entirely forbid any family members or indeed anyone else who lives with you, using your work equipment.
3. Always Ensure Your Home Looks ‘Lived-In’
Another important tip is to always ensure, even if you and the rest of your family are away for one night or longer, that your home looks occupied.
If you are going away on vacation or a business trip, the most sensible thing is to ask a loved one or local neighbor to drop by and enter the property once, or ideally twice, a day. If this is not an option, then make sure that you leave the drapes open, leave a light switched on (on the bottom floor and another on the top) and to not mention anything on social media about being away.
4. CCTV Smart Doorbell
The most innovative and indeed recent development in home security is that of the smart or CCTV doorbell.
Essentially, the installation of a smart doorbell will replace your current manual one and you can simply and easily connect the live feed of your new doorbell to your smartphone, tablet or computer system. You can activate a motion sensor on your doorbell to detect movement and when the system does so, it will automatically load a live feed of the camera to your device.
Not only will the presence of a smart doorbell naturally deter thieves, but it also serves as a useful way to ensure that you never miss a delivery from the mailman again, as you can simply press a button on your phone to instruct the deliverer where to leave your package.