DIY Renovations That Make Your Home Safer

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A home automated security system can save your life in worst case scenarios. But there are some renovations you can do yourself around your home, that could potentially make it so your alarms never have to sound.

Adding greenery around your home

You want to be careful with how tall the shrubs, trees, and bushes are that you plant, as well as how many you plant. Having too many bushes and trees along the front of your property can give a burglar a place to hide as he gets closer to your house. However, planting bushes and shrubs against the walls around the sides and back of your home can make you safer. If you just plant these up to window height, then you can still see out and keep an eye on your property, but a burglar cannot get close to a door or window without making a lot of noise, pushing through a bush.

Adding a front-of-property fence

If you don’t have any fences in your driveway or near the front of your property, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to enhance your safety. First off, a simple fence will make noise when somebody opens the attached gate, giving you notice of somebody entering your property. Fences near the front of your property also give you the opportunity to set up motion sensor lights near the street. These can serve to not only scare off a burglar before he even steps foot onto your property, but they also help neighbors and people walking by in getting a better look at him, helping them provide a description to the police.

Fix broken cabinets

If you have cabinets that won’t close all the way, fix them so that they do. Doors, drawers, and cabinets that remain open can display the valuables inside. If a burglar peered in the window and could see your iPad in your desk, or your jewelry in an open cabinet, he would be more motivated to break in.

Doors with hydraulics

If you have a back screen door with hydraulics, the hydraulics can break easily, making the door swing open and closed loosely. But hydraulics are helpful because they make a distinct hissing noise as they close and open, and you want to be able to hear that when it happens. Once the hydraulics break, screen doors can open almost silently. So fix your hydraulics.

Remove carpeting from entrances

Having carpets at entryways is like asking for dirty carpets, anyways. People come in with fresh dirt on their feet there, and will just mess the area up. But also, carpet makes footsteps quiet—in fact, it makes them almost inaudible. If someone enters your home in the middle of the night, you want to be able to hear them, so make sure the floor by any major entryways is hardwood, tile or any material that will make a sound when stepped on.

Replace your door

Is your door really safe? Is it made of durable materials that won’t splinter or break easily? What about your locks? If you’re dealing with regular old keyholes, those can easily be picked. Chain locks are practically useless since a burglar can cut them. Get a door that is extremely solid, has unpickable locks and that has a peephole. You should always see who is outside before opening the door. Simply asking, “Who is it?” won’t help if it’s a burglar willing to pretend he’s your handyman or dog walker, taking advantage of the fact that you can’t see him yet.

Cover up doggy doors

While a doggy door is a convenient way for your dog to let himself out when you’re not home, it’s also a major weak point on your home. Not to mention that dogs shouldn’t really let themselves out when you’re not home—the doggy door could get blocked, and a storm could hit while your dog is outside, or your dog could simply bark for hours driving your neighbors crazy, without you there to stop him. As for your security, a burglar can use a doggy door in so many ways to break in. If it’s large enough, the burglar can just crawl through the door. If it’s not that large, he can reach through and up to open the door from the inside.

If you overlook DIY renovations that can secure your home, your home automated security system can always back you up.

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016