There’s no reason that implementing high quality and strong security at your residential property needs to break the bank or burn a hole in your wallet! There’s a wide range of security tactics and protocols that can be installed at your property that will bolster the safety of you, your family, and your property with various degrees of success. In this blog entry, the residential security hardware installation experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some ways you can improve your home security while on a budget.
Analyze and Upgrade Locks
Has it been a while since you’ve looked at the locks on your external doors? Inspect for any degrading conditions or damage. If you find any, this can leave your property vulnerable to crime. You can easily upgrade your locks to stronger models, even on a budget! Chicago Locksmiths can help you find the right locks for your property’s practical and security needs.
Alarms on Doors and Windows
Alarms are fantastic deterrents to burglars, as it’s necessary for successful burglaries to be incredibly quiet. Door and window alarms are made with magnetic contact strips which, when seperated, sound an alarm which notifies you, or anyone in the vicinity of your property, that a break-in is happening. These alarms can work on all windows and doors, and are made with delay options which give you time to deactivate the alarm when arriving home.
Door and Window Reinforcement
We recommend not only replacing damaged or structurally compromised doors and windows, but reinforcing your entryways with deadbolt locks! Deadbolt lock’s solidity make it near impossible to break down doors, and their design makes them resistant to picking, increasing the security of your doors. Sliding doors can be benefited with the installation of auxiliary foot locks.
Reducing Spots for Burglars to Hide
Make sure to trim all trees, bushes, and hedges in your front or back yard. Shrubs and large, overgrown plants are excellent places for burglars to hide. This is a cheap, quick, and effective way to reduce the risk of experiencing a break-in.
Outdoor Lighting Installation
Install motion-activated / time-activated lighting in your front or back yard. There’s a wide range of these light types that you can find that fit squarely within budgets of all types. We also recommend placing some of your indoor lights on timers if you’re planning on being away from home overnight or for an extended amount of time. This will create the illusion that your home is occupied, further discouraging burglars from attempting break-ins.
Garage Security makes sure that your garage - ESPECIALLY if it’s connected to the interior of your home - is fully secure. Garage doors and windows should always be kept locked. We recommend further installing strip alarms and even strike plates to the doors that lead from your garage into your home. This hardware is affordable, yet delivers protection and security in spades.