Your home is your castle. Unfortunately, that’s only a figurative distinction, not a literal one. Otherwise, you would have a draw bridge and a moat to keep you protected from invaders. But even though you don’t need to defend against bands of marauders, you still need to defend your figurative kingdom from burglars and home invaders.
Since a draw bridge is out, you’ll have to take other measures to protect your home, your possessions and what you value the most — your family. Here are a few things you can do to keep your home and everything in it safe:
Install a Security System
A security system is square one for making your home safer. A system like the ADT home security in Rover includes alarms on all the exterior doors, as well as optional alarms on the windows and cameras.
When setting up your security system, choose all the options you can afford. Even if your doors are protected, your windows will be vulnerable if they don’t also have alarms. Cameras will help apprehend suspects if the alarms don’t deter them.
Add Exterior Lighting
You can make your home less of a target by lighting it up. No thieves will be skulking around in the bushes if they know that there will be a big spot light shining on them.
Add exterior lights to your walkways, landscaped beds, and along the perimeter of your lawn (especially if your home is surrounded by woods). The lighting will add visibility that will make it harder for burglars to break in unnoticed.
Get a Safe
Some burglars prefer a smash and grab approach. They will break in even if you have an alarm and just take what they can and run before the police show up. (This is another reason why having cameras is important.)
A safe will protect valuables such as your jewelry, cash, passports, and other documents. Just make sure that you choose a safe that is bolted to the floor or installed in the wall. Thieves will just take a safe that is not bolted down and crack it later.
Install Smoke Detectors
Fire can wipe out your home and valuables such as antiques and important collections. You can reduce the risk of fire by installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Put a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each floor of your home.
You can also choose a security system that includes a fire alarm. If the smoke detector goes off, you can trigger the fire alarm to get immediate help.
Buy the Right Insurance
You can’t always prevent bad things from happening. What you can do is minimize your loss by purchasing the right insurance. Purchase home insurance that protects your home against damage — such as fire or floods — and insurance that protects you against loss — such as in the case of a theft.
Keep your home and your family safe. Take these measures to protect yourself against theft and loss from fire. You’ll be glad that you’ve been proactive when the worse happens.