3 ways to keep your home safe

Throughout 2008 and 2009, the luxury houses of Calabasas, California were all at risk. $3 million worth of cash and property was stolen from the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton by the now-notorious criminal collective known as the Bling Ring.

But it’s not just celebrity millionaires whose properties are at risk. The Office of National Statistics found that single parent families, young people and those who live in urban areas are all the most likely to be victims of domestic burglary.

With this being the case, it is of vital importance that everyone, no matter how much their houses and belongings are worth, makes sure they do whatever they can to protect their property. These are the three most effective methods to do just that.

Install CCTV to keep an eye on the premises

CCTV surveillance cameras can have a huge effect on the safety of your property. Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers was caught on camera infiltrating and stealing from Orlando Bloom’s home in 2010. The footage was a significant piece of evidence which helped put her in jail for six months.

If you are going to install a camera surveillance system, it is essential for it to be professionally installed. It might be tempting to put up cameras yourself, but the footage will only usable in the court of law if it meets certain standards, the kind that only professional CCTV installers are likely to meet.

It is also important to consider the different types of CCTV cameras available. Dome and bullet cameras are two of the most common but both offer differing levels of security depending on the property you’re trying to protect.

Improve your doors and windows for extra reinforcement

Once you have your property monitored, it is important to make sure that anyone who chooses to ignore the cameras cannot get into the house. Members of the Bling Ring are said to have known they were likely to be on CCTV, but they continued to commit crimes anyway.

The best way to protect your home from break-ins is to reinforce every conceivable entry point as securely as you can. This starts with the doors. It’s best to have them made out of fiberglass or steel. These are the strongest materials doors can be made of, meaning anyone who tries to break them down with brute force will be sorely disappointed.

However, even a door made with the strongest fiberglass needs to be complemented by a sturdy lock. A deadbolt lock is by far the most effective in stopping unauthorised break-ins, but investing in another kind of lock, such as a mortice, could be advisable too, as it will slow criminals down and demand more lockpicking expertise from them.

Since many break-ins happen through windows, you’re going to have to make sure these are secured as well. Though reinforced glass is an option, it’s best to get window grilles, as they are almost impossible to break. As seen in this article from Doors for Industry, security grilles are mostly used by businesses. This doesn’t mean you can’t use them on your home, though. And while they might not be the most aesthetically pleasing security measure, they will help you feel much safer.

Invest in high-tech security measures

With your doors and windows secured, and CCTV keeping an eye on your home, you could take the next step and investigate the increasingly futuristic world of high-tech security devices.

Jed Leiber’s California mansion is known as “The Fortress” for its extreme technology-based security system. Key fobs are required to move between rooms, meaning even if anyone did manage to break in, they’d be trapped in one place until the police arrived.

You don’t have to go this far for extra protection. Not everyone can afford to turn their home into a literal fortress. New ‘smart’ home security devices are making high-tech protection more accessible to everyday homeowners. Which has a guide to smart home security that will help you get the best deals on the best smart security systems. Some are powered by AI. All are connected to WiFi.

Those who dive into the rabbit hole of high-tech security will find plenty of gadgets and devices that will no doubt help protect their homes from any future criminals.

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