Home Improvements

Basic Home Security Measures

In a country with such a high crime rate, security is an important consideration for any homeowner. Prevention is always better than a cure, so a good approach is investing in a basic home security setup. While it’s expensive to do this all at once, there are a few options available to you, and you can add them in stages if that works for you. 

Keep reading to learn more about some basic home security measures. Remember, this is just a basic overview – for expert information, it’s better to contact professionals. 

Corner of a building with grey walls and security cameras mounted on it, pointing in each direction. Security cameras are one of the most popular basic home security methods.

Boundary Walls

Boundary walls are one of the more expensive home security features, but they’re low maintenance and a long-term investment. Creating a boundary at the end of your property makes it more difficult for people to get close to your actual house, meaning it’s harder for anyone to get into your home itself. 

If you have dogs, a boundary wall also gives them space to roam to the edge of the property. Your dogs will alert you to intruders by barking. Overall, boundary walls create an obstacle that will delay or deter people from entering your property. 

If you’re interested in building boundary walls on your property, get in touch with our expert building contractors to get started. 

Brick face boundary wall with rose bushes at its base.

Burglar Bars

Another way to make it harder to get into your home is by installing burglar bars and security gates. These bars mean you can leave doors and windows open without the threat of someone being able to get inside. 

There are lots of different options for burglar bars these days. The traditional option is welded steel burglar bars, but many people think of this as an eyesore and prefer the clear, plastic options. While this makes sense, remember to keep in mind that clearly visible burglar bars are more likely to deter thieves. 

Window fixed into plain bright orange wall with painted steel burglar bars caging it in. Burglar bars are one of the most common basic home security devices.

Alarm System 

Most alarm systems are installed by security companies, who will respond when the alarm is triggered. While there is an initial setup cost, these systems are pretty low maintenance but provide a huge security benefit. 

Whether you choose sensors or beam systems, the alarms work the same way: when armed, a loud sound will go off if triggered. This alarm sends an alert to your security company, who will typically phone you or send an agent to check on you. But the blaring sound will also alert everyone on the property, and in surrounding houses, that there is an intruder. 

Person holding up their smartphone next to a door handle with a smart lock on it. There are details on the phone screen about arming the door.

Security Cameras

While this is an additional step many people don’t feel the need for, it’s always an option. Mount some security cameras over your main points of entry to your home. Remember to be conscious of your neighbours’ privacy: the cameras should only catch what’s on your property. 

Security companies will take you through your options for these cameras. Depending on the system, you can have the feed recorded and backed up in case you need it again, you can access the live footage from your phone, and you can have a small viewing screen setup inside your home. 

Security camera mounted on a bright yellow wall with a bright blue sky behind it.

Keep Safe With these Basic Home Security

It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. By implementing any one or more of these basic home security measures, you discourage burglars from targeting your home. 

Remember, if you are wanting to learn more about home security, it’s best to speak with a professional. 

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