While much of Victoria remains firmly under lockdown and other states anxiously enjoy their freedoms, now is the perfect time to spruce up your home security, DIY style. And you don’t have to be holed up at home all week to fortify your house, as there are plenty of improvements you can make on a weekend workshop session or two.
Crime is all but guaranteed to spike once the full impact of the recession hits, so keep the following five tips in mind to safeguard your home.
Install a security system
Home security systems are by far the best deterrent against thieves as would-be burglars tend to split at first sight of a camera or alarm.
And these days, they’re cheaper than you think. Wireless alarm systems start at a few hundred dollars, often packed with high-tech features like cameras, motion sensors, and glass break detectors. What’s more, unlike wired systems, you can install them yourself to save stacks of cash on installation costs.
Trim your hedges
A shrubbery-strewn front yard is a tempting hiding spot for burglars to case out your home. Now, you don’t need to rip out all your blooming perennials for the sake of home security, but trimming back a few of your overgrown bushes will make intruders easier to spot.
There’s one place where it’s good to have some thick vegetation, however: the windows. Planting a couple of thorny rose bushes by your window panes will deter even the most foolhardy robber from trying to climb through.
While you’re at it, make an effort to secure your most valuable garden tools and accessories, as a robber could give up on entering the home and settle for stealing those instead.
Fix your fencing
Old weather-worn fences with rotted timber or missing planks are an easy access point for bad guys to sneak into your yard. Should you require a replacement fence, now is an excellent time to get the job done. Have a chat with your neighbour and see if you can negotiate to split the costs.
If your fence line is still in pretty good condition, however, then treating it with a weatherproof stain or paint should keep it in good shape for years to come.
Check your smoke alarms
Home security isn’t all about preventing burglary—you need to safeguard against the possibility of a house fire as well. A wide array of smoke alarm solutions is available on the market today, with a device to suit every budget and home.
Smoke and CO alarms must be replaced every so often, and now is the ideal time to check whether yours are still within their working lifespan. If you’re looking at a new system, it’s best to confirm it complies with federal and state government regulations.
Say g’day to your neighbours
It’s wise to have allies in these unprecedented times, and forming a friendship with your neighbours can have the added bonus of protecting your home. Neighbours can provide an extra pair of eyes and ears to watch over your house, which becomes especially valuable when you’re away for an extended period.
Socialising with neighbours doesn’t have to be hard. Offering to cook them a lovely Sunday dinner or giving them a tasty homemade cake should be enough to break the ice and get them on your side.
By following these five simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a safe home environment for the uncertain years to come. For smoke alarm and home security solutions, get in touch with the professional team at Home Safety Store today.