Protecting Your House from Thieves and Burglars!
Pooja Patel is an Architect by profession. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Arch (B.Arch.). She is an Architect at SDCPL – Gharpedia. Her writing weaves creative ideas and tips that offer a sustainable approach and informative content in the field of architecture and interiors. Apart from being blogger, she also participates in Architectural design & detailing at SDCPL. You can easily connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram.
A house is a person’s special place, a place where they feel safe and comfortable. A house is built through hard work and, in some cases, by spending our life savings. We also have an emotional attachment to our homes as we spend years making memories in them. That is why we feel a strong need for protecting our house.
A house and all that it holds face various threats. Some of them are natural disasters and routine wear and tear, and others are burglaries, thieves, etc.
Given that these threats can rob a person of the fruit of their labor, any prudent man will think of ways of protecting the house from thieves.
There are many ways to protect your house and neighborhood from crimes, including simple steps like locking the door and starting a neighborhood watch program. Here are some more ways in which you can go about protecting the house from thieves.
01. Strengthen External Doors and Windows
Two-thirds of thieves enter through a door, and the other third enters through the window. Securing your doors and windows with strong and sturdy locks goes a long way in protecting the house from thieves. Here are some additional ways to secure your doors and windows:
- Never leave the external doors and windows open when you are out of the house.
- Fix an automatic rim latch lock as these can be opened from the inside without a key.
- Protect the door by attaching a letterbox cage as it prevents thieves from tampering with the locks through the open letterbox.
- Fit your back and front doors with a five-lever mortice deadlock. Fit both sides of the door with a security lock.
- The material of the external door should be strong enough to ensure the safety of the house.
- Fix extra hinge bolts for additional safety from thieves.
- You can also stick special films on glass panels or replace those glass panels with laminated glass to make them tough to break.
- Fit a peephole and a security chain on your front door for protecting the house from thieves.
- Fix window locks that are easy to reach and keep the keys in a safe place, out of sight and reach. However, keep the keys close enough to the window so you can easily reach them during a fire. Don’t keep them on the window sill.
- Install strong MS grills on all windows to protect your valuables and home. Fix the grills inside the window with screws. You can opt for old-fashioned horizontal bars fitted in wireless frames to provide maximum security if you are not too worried about fashion or style.
02. Security Devices
- Install outdoor lighting as it not only acts as a deterrent but also helps you find your way easily if you are leaving or returning after dark.
- You can also install low-level lights that automatically switch on in the dark or motion-detecting lights. Light will switch on when it senses movement outside your home.
- Install burglar alarms to deter opportunist burglars and increase the security of your house.
03. Install CCTV Cameras
- Place CCTV cameras in such a position and at a clear viewing angle so that it is out of reach and you can thoroughly see the video recordings.
- Opt for wireless security systems so that you can easily place cameras wherever you want.
- Prevent hacking of your CCTV cameras in this digital age by keeping your passwords safe and unique, as well as installing a high-quality Wi-Fi connection at your home. Be sure to check the recordings regularly.
04. Keep Valuables Out of Sight
To protect your valuables, never keep them inside the house as it may tempt thieves to break in and rob you and your home. Always keep your valuables that are too risky to keep inside the house in bank lockers.
- Always mark your possessions with your personal code, postcode, and a password-like It will make the stolen property harder to sell.
- Never keep extra jewelry or money at home.
- Keep your vehicles under dual lock.
05. Compound Wall
- A compound wall is the first deterrent and keeps passersby away. They are more effective if they bear CCTV cameras. Compound walls make entry and exit different and more so when they are higher.
- Compound walls are a must for luxurious homes.
- Design the compound wall in a way that makes it difficult to climb. Also, remember that higher compound walls are more effective against intruders.
06. Locking Doors and Windows
Most thieves look for open windows and unlocked doors to enter a house.
Lock all your external doors and check to see if all your windows are locked. If you are popping out for a few minutes, lock your doors and windows before you do so. Apart from locking your doors and windows, install strong tower bolts at the top and bottom, even though it looks old-fashioned. Learn detailed information about safety door locks here:
- Keep your keys in a safe place. Don’t leave them in the locks or lying around the house. Remember, the first places a thief will look for your door key are under the doormat, in a flower pot, or on a string, through the letterbox.
- Keep your ladders and garden tools locked away, far from easy reach.
- Protect your valuables by keeping them out of sight.
- Leave the light of a front room on when leaving in the evening. Do not close your curtain fully. Leave some gap so that the light can be seen from outside. However, when you are in the house, keep curtains fully drawn so that no one can see through the window into your home.
07. Keep Your Home Safe While You Are out
Keep your home safe when going away for a long time.
- Cancel all your regular deliveries like newspapers, milk, etc. If a thief sees parcels or newspapers piling at your doorstep, they can easily detect that you are not home.
- Plug a lamp into your automatic or time your switches to automatically turn it on in the evening while you are away.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home for you while you are away. Check your contents and ensure that your home insurance is up to date. Always insure your house against risks.