Worried About Rising Crime? 4 Steps To Make Your Home More Secure

by Diane Barnes

With crime on the rise, it's time to make sure your home is as safe as it can be. Without even realizing it, your home could be a prime target for burglars. Luckily, you don't have to sit back and wait to become a statistic. You can take matters into your own hands, and increase the security of your home. Here are four simple steps you can take to make your home more safe, and secure.

Install Security Shutters

You might not realize this, but windows are among the most popular entry points for criminals. If your windows aren't secure, neither is your home. Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do with normal window latches. That's where security shutters come in to play. Window shutters, such as from Nevada Rolling Shutter Inc., installed on to your home can render your windows virtually impenetrable. When you want light into your home, simply leave the security shutters open. When you're ready for bed, or you're going to be leaving your home, simply press the button to lower your shutters. Once they're closed, burglars will no longer be able to access your windows to break into your home.

Update Your Exterior Lighting

If you've only got standard porch lights on your home, you don't have the security you need. Burglars are looking for homes that aren't well-lit. To protect your home, you need to update your exterior lighting. Add decorative spotlights to areas near your windows. Install motion-sensor lighting to your driveway, and walkway areas of your home. Don't limit your updated lighting to the front yard, either. Make sure you have adequate lighting all the way around your home.

Take Away the Hiding Places

If you've got tall bushes around the perimeter of your home, you're providing the perfect hiding places for would-be burglars, especially if the bushes are under your windows, or near your entry doors. Burglars can hide there while they break into your home. They can even hide in the bushes until you approach the door at night. Once you're at the door, they can jump out and force you into your home. Don't take chances with your safety. Clear the bushes from around your doors and windows.

Add a Few A Deterrents

If you can't afford to make big changes to the security of your home, there are still things you can do to make your home more safe. One way is to add a few deterrents. Make it look like you have a very large dog. Place a large feeding bowl on your front or back porch. Leave a few chew toys in the yard. Finally, place a "beware of dog" sign in your window. No burglar wants to mess with a house where they might be attacked by a dog.