The best place to start in keeping your home safe is to make sure all the outside doors to your house have keyed knob sets and deadbolt locks. Always lock the doors when you leave the house and when you return, lock your doors when you are in your house. Use security bars for added security on sliding patio doors and entry doors. To keep your garage & shed safe, attach gate latches and laminated padlocks. Make sure padlocks are highly resistant to weather. Itís a good idea to always keep your home and sheds locked up.
A good way to find the right security products for your home is to talk to your local crime prevention officer, it will just take one phone call to find out what you need. Or you can contact a store that specializes in home security items. Ask for a quotation detailing all the items needed for the best protection; ask to have prices for several models/ types of equipment. If itís a home alarm that you are inquiring about ask for a list of the devices along with prices & functions.
Look for a security bar with a locking device that can withstand a lot of force. Patio door security bars should also prevent thieves from lifting the door off the track.
Itís a good idea to change the locks on your new home when you move in. You never know who might have keys to your house. Donít let strangers into your home, always check through a peephole and ask who is behind the door before you open it. If you have children make sure they are instructed properly.
Report broken street lights to the city. Well-lit areas mean less hiding places for burglars. Similarly, report any strangers you notice loitering in your neighbourhood. Keep good relationships with your neighbours and count on each other as a support group to keep the area safe. Add flood lighting outdoors at every point of entry & in front of any ground level windows. The bright light will scare off burglars. If you love dogs, then consider getting a doggie from the pound. There are many dogs that are suitable to protect your home and dogs make great companions too.