We all know the old saying “a man’s home is his castle” but what happens when someone threatens to trespass on your castle?
Preventing burglars and trespassers from entering your home or property, whether during construction, home renovations or just general protection, is so important.
We all want our homes and properties to be safe, so read on for tips and tricks to ensure you never have to deal with a trespasser.
Ways to Secure Your Home
Home security systems are not the only way to protect your home or property from potential burglars or trespassers. Here are 9 home security tips and tricks:
1. Use Temporary Fencing Where Required
It’s not just the home you are living in that needs to be protected from trespassers – new home builds, empty homes that are being renovated and construction sites can be a haven for people looking for trouble!
Unauthorised entry on a building site can leave owners and companies liable for any injuries that could occur to trespassers, and an unprotected site also leaves public property open to possible damages. Therefore, temporary fencing is essential when building a new home.
Your fencing should be of a suitable height to deter unwanted entry, hard to climb, low enough to avoid access from underneath, and be able to withstand strong wind gusts.
When it comes to occupied homes, it’s important to maintain the integrity of your fences and gates – do regular checks to ensure your home is adequately protected. If your fence or gate is damaged in a weather event or accident, consider using temporary fencing to fill the gaps until repairs can be made.
2. Reinforce Your Doors and Windows
We may think the entrances to our homes are tough, but when it comes down to it, houses can be easy to breach if proper security measures aren’t installed.
Consider fitting your doors and windows with security grilles and high-quality deadbolts. There’s a lot of tough but aesthetically pleasing security flywire’s on the market which will make your home safer, without compromising on look. If a window with security window film is smashed or broken, the film will help protect against flying shards of glass, reducing potential safety hazards, as well as prevent illegal entry.
Make sure your locks are installed properly, and the wood around your doors and windows isn’t soft, as this can be broken quite easily. And don’t forget to reinforce your garage door while you’re at it.
3. Add Sensors
Window and door sensors detect when the door is open/closed. Sensors can be a part of your smart home security system, alerting you if a door has opened while you’re out.
Another sensor option is a glass break sensor, which does exactly that! – detects the sound of glass breaking. These are a good alternative to individual window sensors, as you will only need one per room rather than one per window.
4. Don’t Leave Tools Around for Burglars to Use or Steal
Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a hard day of yard work and maintenance is put all the tools away – but leaving them out can mean your home is easier to break into.
Ladders can give access to rooftops where tiles can be removed and manholes accessed, or backyards where windows or doors might be open.
Tools like hammers, screwdrivers and axes could be used to break into your home – or can simply be stolen, leaving you out of pocket to replace them.
While you’re putting away your tools, consider the security of your garage – garage door locks can be easy to bypass. Or, if no one is home, a trespasser may be tempted to break through the garage door to access cars, tools and the often-unlocked inner door leading to the house.
5. Upgrade your Lighting as Deterrence
Motion-activated lighting can serve two purposes – it can scare off a potential trespasser while also alerting you to suspicious activity happening around your property.
If you have pre-existing lights on your porch, adding in a motion detector is a cheap and easy option. You can even program the sensor lights to turn on automatically when the sun sets and off again at dawn.
If you’re heading off on vacation, consider using timer lighting, which can help make your house look like it’s occupied. It might use up a little bit of electricity but deterring trespassers from breaking into your home more than makes up for it.
Make sure it’s difficult for anyone to quickly remove bulbs from light fixtures around your home and cultivate a well-lit house – a dark home is much more attractive to a criminal than a brightly lit one.
6. Install an Alarm System – And Know How to Use it
Consider alarm system options to help protect your house. Make sure it is correctly installed by hiring a professional to do the installation.
Once it’s installed, educate yourself on how to use it properly – and then, most importantly, remember to set it when required.
Most burglars will be put off entering your home if it has an alarm system because the last thing they want to happen is to get caught.
7. Install a Safety Door
Having a safety screen door in front of the main door into your house adds an extra layer for intruders to have to get through. The downside of security/safety doors is they are not as appealing on the eye, especially if it’s hiding a more aesthetic door.
In addition to providing security, a screen door also allows you to keep the main door open and let air and sunlight flow through the house without letting in flies or other insects.
8. Add a Security Camera/s to Your Home Security System
Along with an alarm system, you may like to add security cameras. These can be connected to a smart home surveillance system through a wi-fi network which will send alerts to your mobile phone if suspicious activity occurs around your home or property.
Making the security camera visible will also help to turn away trespassers.
9. Add a Security Sign
If you have set up a home security system, you could consider putting up signage at your property to inform people that they’re being watched – it may be enough to deter potential burglars from choosing your home to break into.
Combining all these home security tips and tricks will ensure your home security is up to scratch and ready to deter burglars from entering the property.
TTFS For All Your Temporary Fencing Needs
At TTFS, we have a range of temporary fencing solutions suitable for construction sites, pool installations, homes that need a temporary solution and many more applications. For more information about how fencing options available from The Temporary Fencing Shop can improve the security and safety of your home, get in contact with us today.
For more information about how fencing options available from The Temporary Fencing Shop can improve the security of your home, get in contact with us today.