Break-ins and burglaries are a common fear for many homeowners. And unfortunately police have a difficult time tracking down the culprits and getting property returned. So, are you doing all you can to keep your home safe and secure? Aside from getting an attack dog, here are a few things to ensure that you and your loved ones stay protected.
Don’t Leave Things Out
Leaving certain things in plain sight from the road can lure thieves. Things like bicycles and scooters in the yard, plasma television in the front window, or boxes from pricey appliances on the street can all snag unwanted attention. So put things away or think about a small redesign to tuck those items out of plain sight.
Check Locks and Bolts
Around 40 percent of household burglaries are not forced entry. In fact, in many cases an intruder simply takes advantage of a door or window left unlocked and walks in as easily as if they had a key. Make a routine of checking and locking the doors and windows before you leave and when you settle in for the night. And if you keep forgetting, you can get a door locking system that locks automatically behind itself. That way you never have to worry.
Install Intuitive Lighting
While timers and motion detectors are convenient and will do the trick, they are not your only option. Today technology allows you to install smart light bulbs. You can control them with an app on your phone while you are away. Simply install these light bulbs on street-facing lamps and retain full control of when they go on and off. These specialty bulbs are easy to install and use. You also save money by not wasting as much electricity while you are away.
Trim Outdoor Shrubs
Hedges and bushes growing under your windows give intruders a place to hide and less chance of being seen. So to discourage break-ins you will want to keep the spaces below your windows neatly tended so it isn’t easy for burglars to keep out of sight.
Invest in Outdoor Monitoring
Today there are so many systems to choose from, and a wide range of products and prices. You can easily install a camera outside where it is visible so intruders will think you are keeping an eye on them. Or you can install alarms on doors and windows that will alert you any time they are used.
Reinforced Glass and Stronger Frames
Replacement windows are another way to secure your home. Double pane glass with shatter proof coatings will make intruders think twice. And aluminum, steel, and fiberglass frames are strong and durable. Not to mention the improved locks and hardware meant to hold up.
Your safety and security is important. And if you need to upgrade your home windows in Chicago, IL to improve security call us at Scientific Home Services today. Our main mission is to provide the best possible window products and services. Call our office today at (847) 752-0370 or stop by 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076 to check out some of our products.