Having a secure contemporary home doesn’t mean that your property has to look like a fortress. There are a variety of ways that you can keep your home and family safe without sacrificing style. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to home security.

Secure Your Property With Style

Secure and Stylish Windows

Secure and Stylish Windows

An Idaho news channel interviewed 86 incarcerated inmates who were incarcerated for burglary and asked them questions about their crimes. One question asked was how they gained access to the homes they burglarized. The most common response? Unlocked doors and windows. Therefore, it stands to reason that the windows around your home are often one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to home security.

Window locks and deadbolts are affordable and highly effective. In addition to locks, some window styles are more effective than others depending on the materials used, such as reinforced glass, polycarbonate glass, and plexiglass, which is 10-times stronger than traditional glass windows.

Eliminate Targets with Lighting

Secure your home with plenty of outside lighting at night

A well-lit home is a safer home. Dark homes and yards with poor lighting are common targets for break-ins. However, for good security, you don’t have to install harsh floodlights or bright security lighting. Instead, use lighting to illuminate your property and emphasize your landscaping while it helps keep your home secure.

In fact, landscape lighting experts recommend that you add lighting to trees, garden beds, the facade of your home, garden walls and any focal points around your property for best results. For example, bullet lights are great for trees and tree trunks. Next, wash lights have a soft, diffused light that works best for facades or walls. Finally, garden lights can make a welcome addition to a garden bed or walkway.

Install Security Systems

Install Security Systems for a more secure home.

Another good way to keep criminals from making your home their next target is to install a security monitoring system. Not only is a home security system a deterrent for would-be burglars, but it also helps you keep track of who is entering and leaving your property.

Today’s contemporary home security monitoring systems are available in a range of different styles, sizes, and colors that will suit your home’s unique ambiance. Moreover, these modern styles blend into your home, making them less obvious to potential criminals, so you can rest easy.

Trim Trees and Shrubbery

Maintenance of your landscaping goes a long way to keep it safe and secure. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to protect your home from the outside.

First, take a look at the trees growing around your property. if they are overgrown, trim them back. Especially pay attention to tree branches that grow close to the second-story of your home and trim them back to deters thieve from scaling the trees and thereby gaining entry into your home.

Additionally, keep the shrubbery and bushes around your home and walkways trimmed and maintained to eliminate potential hiding spots. Finally, be sure to keep your yard free of things such as toys, tools, and other items. The presence of these items sends signals to thieves that the inside of your home has similar valuable items.

I think we all agree that when it comes to protecting your home and family, you can never be too careful. From secure windows to monitoring systems to trimming your trees and bushes to adequate lighting, these home security tips will help keep you, your family, and guests secure from harm.

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