31 Aug Making Sure You’re Safe at Home in Dallas
Nothing matters more than home and family. We all want to be safe when we come home from work at the end of the night and none of us want to worry about our possessions and valuables while we’re away from the house. Not surprisingly, the home security industry here in Dallas has boomed in recent years in response to customer desire. There are a lot of home security companies out there so there is a lot of variety to choose from. To simplify this, check out our comprehensive Dallas home security provider review. Improved technology also means that do it yourself home security is becoming an increasingly popular and effective option as well. Your individual situation and your specific needs should dictate what type of security system and plan you put in place but there are a number of basic things every home should have. Here is a short summary to run through in order to evaluate how secure your home really is.
The first place to start when assessing the quality of your home security is at the primary points of entry: exterior doors. Burglars will probably not attempt to bust through your walls or crash through the roof (unless you live on the set of a Bruce Willis action movie) so focusing on the key points of access is a wise move. The first and most obvious thing to evaluate is the quality of your door. This is one area of home security where you will want to make sure not to cut corners or go cheap on. Make sure your exterior doors are either solid wood or metal so that they will hold even if a burglar attempts to kick it in. You will also want to assess the area immediately surrounding doors. Overgrown trees or bushes provide good cover for burglars as they attempt to break in so make sure to keep those areas well maintained and well-lit. Lights with motion sensors are a great idea, especially on darker areas of the home like the side and backyards.
If a burglar can’t get through a door then the next place they’ll look is windows. Take note of the number of accessible windows on the exterior of your home (ground level as well as those easily reachable by climbing trees or with a ladder). Make sure all windows are in proper working order and have functioning high-quality locks. You should also assess how much a potential burglar can see through your windows. Walk around your home and look to see what is visible through windows. Expensive items such as flat screen TVs or computers should not be visible. If you can’t place them within the home in ways that keep them out of view then consider getting blinds, curtains or drapes to help conceal them.
Your doors and windows are only as good as the locks you put on them so don’t settle for the cheapest locks you can find. Make sure that your locks are high quality: deadbolt or knob-in-lock set with a dead latch and the strike plate should be heavy-duty and secured with four long screws. Another option that is becoming increasingly popular with the advancement of home automation systems is keypad locks that can be put on timers. And perhaps this goes without saying but none of this will do any good if you don’t remember to keep your doors and windows locked at all times.