Are you sure that your house is fully secure? Many people overlook some security aspects as they look at the same thing every day, and it is easy to fall into high-risk practices. It’s high time to take the safety of your family in hand; in this article, we will talk about 10 checkpoints to start a home security audit…
A burglar will assess your door locks before trying to enter your house, so you will start from here. You will need to take your time and analyze your lock to see if it fits your door and is doing the right job. Some people may believe that the bigger the lock, the safer, but no. Each door has some requirements, and it is better to carry out some research before investing in a lock.
There are new smart locks available on the markets now, which have different features, from built-in cameras on door locks and accessibility from anywhere using your smartphone.
Many people lost track of who they had given spare keys to when they lived in a house for a long time- or they could have misplaced some keys. During this audit, you should have a track of your keys, try to remember who you gave keys to, and try to ask them for the keys back so that you have a good track. Number your keys and write down who you gave them to. If it is ever hard for you to do so because you can’t remember or have too many lost keys, I would recommend replacing your locks.
3. Security System
I would recommend that you pair your phone with your security system for greater security. It is essential to keep your security system up-to-date, just as your keys remember who you give your codes to or change the code. If your security system work with batteries, makes sure to replace those quite frequently so that they never run out.
4. Access Points
If burglars can’t access your house through your front door, they will check every entry point available to them. Evaluate if they are in good condition and if the materials are solid enough. Look for broken latches, cracks, or weak frames. You may even consider installing a shatter-proof door for better security.
It is beautiful to have a yard with a lot of greenery, but do you know its downside? It is a good hiding place for intruders but also, if you have big trees, branches can fall on your car or roof, so it is better to have everything trimmed.
You may want to invest in motion lights, too, as they will give you a good vision of your yard.
Security does not always involve burglars or intruders, as in a garage, we often store toxic chemicals and sharp tools; you should make sure that those are well-stored and won’t hurt children or pets. Some people often forget that their garage is also an entry point, but also it is the most targeted by burglars as it is often the most neglected. So, make sure that every lock is in working condition.
It is always good to have suitable working smoke detectors; if you do not have one, you may think about investing in one. Different kits are important to invest in a first-aid kit, fire extinguishers, etc.
8. Daily Habits
It is also very important that you evaluate your daily habits; many people forget to lock their doors when leaving the house or just lose their keys. So you must be more cautious.
If you want more ideas about a security audit or some tips and tricks, let us know in the comments…