Your home is your personal sanctuary. It’s the one place where you feel completely safe. With that being said, we all know the importance of protecting our home against break-ins. Whether you’re moving into a new home or are looking to update your home’s security features, it’s not as complex as you may think. In fact, a couple of minor adjustments can greatly improve the security of your home.

Look at your entry points

The first thing you should focus on is your entry points. Naturally, your first-floor windows and front/back doors are the main targets when it comes to burglary. But this doesn’t mean you need to invest in new windows and doors. Instead, look at what your windows and doors are missing. Adding curtains to your windows can reduce the odds of break-ins as most burglars case the home prior to breaking in. Installing security shutters is also a good idea in reducing their sightlines, which will also help prevent potential break-ins.

Give the vibe of human presence

No burglar wants to break into a home that’s full of people. If anything, they want to slip in and out without being seen. Most burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm. which are typical working hours for most people. However, if you give the illusion that people are during the day, it’ll decrease the chances of your home being broken into. Leave some lights on, have a car parked in the driveway, and allow landscapers or cleaners to work during the day.

Hide your valuables

When a thief enters your home, they’re not interested in going through your home with a fine-tooth comb. They are looking to grab the first valuable thing they see. Instead of hiding things in typical areas such as the freezer or dresser drawer, either leave your valuables in plain sight or get more creative with your hiding spots. Thieves are on a time limit, so they’re not looking for a challenge.

Get a home security system

Homes without security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into – why? Because there’s nothing to deter them. Now, homes with security systems are able to shake up the thief and deter intruders who are scared of getting caught. A home security system also alarms neighbors and the police that your home has been broken into. If you’re not interested in a home security system, a motion detector with an alarm as well.

Light is important

While you may not think of it as a big deal, lighting is a huge factor when a thief in determining whether to break into a home or not. Thieves stay away from homes with exterior lighting, so place motion lights around the entrances of your home. When it comes to interior lighting, you can use timers for your lamps or download an app which allows you to control the lights inside your home.