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11 Ways to Cleverly Make Your Home More Secure from Intruders

Keeping your home safe at all times is one of the most important things to any homeowner. Our goal is to keep our family’s’ safe, and knowing various ways of achieving it is essential. Setting up your home security the right way will keep armed intruders and burglars away from your residence. With this in mind, here are several tips to help you in the process.

Alarm Monitoring Service

Subscribing to an alarm monitoring service means that your alarm will be connected to a central monitoring center. The whole process looks like this: the moment your alarm goes off, the sound is then relayed to the central monitoring center, which momentarily contacts and dispatches law enforcement officers to you home in a matter of minutes. Some of the top rated home security monitoring systems are FrontpointProtect America, and LiveWatch.

Security Alarm System

Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-A Wireless Home Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial
Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-A Wireless Home Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial

A security alarm system is one of the best and most common ways used in home protection. Home alarm systems work by emitting a loud sound to scare intruders away and alert you of any potential dangers. Even the mere sight of it can deter burglars from making any further attempt of breaking into your home.

Surveillance System

Another great security measure is installing a surveillance system that comprises both hidden and visible security cameras. Hidden cameras are good for monitoring intruders if the visible cameras are destroyed and recording burglary footage, while visible cameras are there to warn burglars that their every move is being watched. Installing quality surveillance equipment, such as a time-lapse Brinno camera or the Funlux Waterproof 8 Channel 960H HDMI DVR Home Security Camera System, can be a great addition to your home security system.

Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolt locks are a lot stronger than spring latch locks, but are also more expensive. Nonetheless, they provide more protection and it is advised to add a one-inch thick deadbolt locks to all exterior doors in your residence. There should be little or no space between the doors and door frames, because it will enable the burglars to force the door apart. Use plywood to reduce the space or reinforce the door with metal sheets.

Interior Door Hinges

If your doors have hinges on the outside, hinge pins on your doors can be easily removed, allowing intruders to enter your house. Make sure to reset all your hinges on the inside so then cannot be picked from the exterior.

Glass Breakage Detector

In case that an intruder smashes the glass on your window or door while attempting to enter your home, the frequency of breaking glass can be sensed by a glass breakage detector. The detector immediately triggers the alarms, driving the burglars away.

Solid Wood or Metal Doors

Breaking through doors made of hollow wood or plywood is easy for an experienced burglar. Install doors made of solid wood or metal at every entrance to improve your home security.

Dual-Function Security Bar
Master Lock 265DCCSEN Dual-Function Security Bar perfect for sliding doors.

Metal Bar on Sliding Doors

Sliding doors and windows should never be left unprotected. Prevent intruders from entering after smashing the glass by installing metal bars behind the sliding doors.

Hide All Wiring

When burglars notice that the house they want to enter has a security system installed, what do they do first? They look for any wires hanging outside the house, and cut or disconnect them to disable your security devices. Prevent this from happening by hiding all the wires belonging to your home security system or opt for a wireless system.

Giving an Impression That Someone Is Around

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

Burglars and intruders usually look for houses whose occupants are away for some time or those unoccupied. The best thing to do, if you plan to go away for awhile and leave your home empty, is to install automatic timers to switch your lights on and off at preset times. This will give an impression that there are people in the house, which will turn the intruders away. Another this to consider is installing a Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell which sends an alerts and live video triggered by motion detection or the ringing the doorbell.

Guard Dog

Guard dogs require special training and socialization that will make them hostile towards people strange to them and friendly towards the inhabitants of the house and other faces familiar to them. Some of the best guard dog breeds are the bullmastiff, rottweiler, German shepherd, American Stafford terrier, Caucasian shepherd and doberman, to name a few. If you are not experienced in training a guard dog, consult a professional trainer to help you train it.

Foolproffing your home security system and making your residence safe for you and your family members is tremendously important. Knowing that you are secure will relieve you from stress and help you sleep better at night. Therefore, use some of these tips to make your home a safer place to be.


Article written by Lillian Connors. If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. As the Co-Editor at SmoothDecorator, she cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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  1. It is never too late to install security devices to protect our home and our family like installing a home security camera or installing a security doors and windows. It is always our first priority to keep our families safe.

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