Home Improvement

How to Better Secure Your Louisville Home

Photo of a secure front door

First step to secure your Louisville home begins with the front door.

Recently, there’s been a rise in home break-ins across the US, especially given the increasing use of bump keys that can dismantle a simple door lock. But it’s not just door locks that are vulnerable. There are windows, rooftops, and other sneaky ways that thieves find to break into a home.

A home’s security is multifaceted which means trespassers have multiple options which they can exploit to gain access to your home.

With all this in mind, you need to become better equipped at protecting your assets and loved ones within your home. The list below will provide you with various security measures you can install to secure your Louisville home.

Home Alarm System

You can contact an expert security outfit to install a home alarm system that will protect your home but will also be capable of notifying the proper authorities in the event of a break-in. Another option is to purchase a home alarm system that you can easily install yourself.

Some of these DIY systems are actually quite impressive as they come with essential features such as surveillance, intrusion alarms, and life safety alarms. Certain DIY alarm systems also come with software that allows you use your mobile device to remotely access, monitor, and control your home’s security.

Installation of a Surveillance System

Photo of a CCTV camera

In this day and age, cameras are everywhere. Why not use one to better secure your Louisville home?

You also have the option to install a covert or obvious CCTV system in order to monitor your premises. Overt CCTV cameras have already been proven to be an effective deterrent with its ability to scare off burglars or would-be trespassers that are aware of its presence.

Covert CCTV cameras on the other hand have proven to be effective in capturing the identity of burglars who are unaware of their presence. The images captured by a covert camera is very useful in helping the police track down perpetrators and recover stolen property as well as providing concrete evidence that secures convictions of perpetrators in court.

Install Solid Exterior Doors

Your home’s security is only has strong as its doors. If your doors are made of solid wood or metal, burglars will have a harder time getting through them without generating enough noise to warn you to call the police for help.

An easy door provides easy access to burglars as they can simply barrel their way into your premises. Replace your entrance doors with sturdy wooden or metal doors in order to deter intruders.

Glass Breakage Detector

Glass breakage detectors function by sensing disturbances when a glass window or door breaks. If the glass were to be broken by a trespasser, the detector will immediately trigger an alarm and thus frighten off the burglar. The noise generated by the triggered alarm will also alert you and neighbors, as well as, provide an opportunity to contact the police.

Deadbolt Locks

In addition to installing a solid door, be sure to install a solid lock. You can accomplish this by simply putting in place a deadbolt lock. They’re affordable, easy to install, and a serious deterrent to burglars because they are stronger and more reliable than spring latch locks.

To further secure your Louisville home, definitely install a deadbolt lock on your exterior doors . Your garage door shouldn’t be left out either. Secure the door and install the deadbolt that leads from the garage into the house.

Fences and Gates

A simple ornamental metal fencing might not be all the security you need, but it’s still recommended to boost the security of your home. Asides from security, it also provides your home with a bit more privacy, depending on the height and design of the fence. A gate will ensure that only people authorized to enter can set foot on your property.

Maintain the Illusion That Someone is Home

Burglars prefer working when no one is home. It’s for this reason that you should never let your Louisville property appear uninhabited, especially if you’re away on a long trip. While it’s true that leaving your lights perpetually on might rack up your electricity bill, it’s also true that you can get around this particular problem by installing automatic timers on your lights.

Some home alarm systems come with this feature pre-installed. If a burglar or trespasser advances on your home but sees a light go on in a bedroom, they’ll assume someone’s home and turn away.

Security Dogs

Are you a dog person? If you are, then this could be a win-win for you as a well-trained guard dog can serve as both an alarm system and a defence system in the event of a break-in.

Why is improving your home’s security so important?

It doesn’t matter if you live in Louisville, Somerfield, or on the moon, there will always be the potential for criminals trying to breach the security of your residence. In March 2017 alone, there have been two security breaches at America’s most secure compound – The White House.

If the home of the most powerful person in the free world isn’t a 100% safe, then you definitely shouldn’t take your home’s security for granted. Keep your family safe by giving them a secure home.

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