The following are a number of things you can consider to make your home safer:
1. Get an Alarm System
A security alarm system can detect movement, monitor your home and alert the you or other authorities in case of any trouble, making it a valuable investment. Do not make the mistake of thinking that safety systems are either too costly or too complex, as lives are precious and as we say - safety is priceless.
2. Get a Smart Doorbell
You can use this device to visually check who is at the door when someone is ringing your doorbell, from your smartphone. Many devices also offer bidirectional communication that is particularly handy when you're not at home but want to appear that you are. It gives you a close look at the person(s) at your door without risking yourself in danger.
3. Get Smart Locks
Smart locks can use keys from code numbers to fingerprints. Many devices also come with remote control features that let you check to make sure you lock the door. If you forget, you could also instantly lock it with your 'digital key'.
4. Install Window sensors
Once installed to windows or doors, if any unwarranted activity takes place, it will warn you. Many systems will allow you to create actions of a trigger and response. For example, if your door opens after midnight, an alarm can be set to sound, or if your door opens while you're not home, it can be set to send you a text.
5. Install Security Cameras
They let you know what is going on when you are away from home, and they can cause a burglar to rethink before entering your home.
6. Reinforce Door Jambs
A door jamb is the vertical portion of the door frame onto which a door can be secured. The jamb bears the weight of the door through its hinges, and most types of door latches and deadbolts extend into a recess in the doorjamb when engaged. This helps secure the door and keep intruders out.
7. Install Motion Sensor Lights outside
Motion sensor lights provide extra security when walking around your house, as well as identifying potential malicious acts before they even start. For best results - install motion sensor lights near each entry point and in any location outside your home where a burglar can hide or break in.
8. Add Security Signs/Stickers
Burglars look for easy targets and the presence of a security system can deter them. You can also add security warning stickers for additional protection to all first floor windows.
9. Install a Deadbolt
Deadbolts are also a great way to secure homes. It is recommended to install a single cylinder deadbolt on all exterior doors and that bolts have at least a 1” throw.
10. Consider a Personal Safety Alarm
Like a home security system, once triggered, personal alarms give a loud alert or notifying others (by some means) that you are in danger and need help. Some may also help you to send an instant message of distress to an emergency contact list and law enforcement, depending on the personal alarm or device you choose.
11. Create an Exit Strategy
Make sure you always have an exit strategy in case of an emergency, to get out of your home or apartment. It could be as easy as equipping an emergency ladder with one of your doors upstairs or creating a route through your home to get to the back door fast. Go through a few scenarios and brainstorm how to get out of your place quickly and quietly.
12. Ensure that doors are answered the right way
If you are not sure who is at the door, let them know that you are home, but not accepting visitors. It’s better to be safe than polite. Kids should never answer the door.