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5 Ways to Offer More Secure Protection on Your Properties (and Why You Should Do It)

12 January 2018
Kevin Hartley

The home should be a safe and secure place to reside for residents who spend a significant amount of time on the property. Increasing the level of security provided will offer peace of mind and can reduce the risk of a break-in. When you're ready to protect the building, here are a few ways to secure your home and make it less of a target for burglars.


1. Light Up the Landscape

According to SafeWise, illuminating the landscape at night can prevent intruders from hiding in dark areas as they attempt a break-in. Lights can be used in pathways, in the shrubs, and on the perimeters of the front and backyard to ensure that suspicious activity is spotted.


2. Install an Alarm System

Home alarm systems will allow your home to be monitored 24 hours each day and will alert the authorities if someone breaks into a window or door during the day or night. Many systems, particularly DIY ones, alert you if something goes wrong, and you have to manually call authorities. But some security system companies monitor your properties and will call you or the authorities if anything goes wrong.According to Protect Your Home, monitored security systems are more reliable than DIY systems. The alarm system will sound if it's turned on and someone attempts to enter the property, which can cause them to flee. Adding security signs in the yard will also cause an intruder to target a different home because they won't want to set off the alarm.

3. Use Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras are necessary so you can keep an eye on your home at any time of the day, whether you're in the building or are away at work. Install cameras at various entry points of the house, which can allow you to see individuals who are suspicious before opening the door.

4. Replace Weak Locks

According to Consumer Reports, replacing weak locks is necessary for landlords or property managers when securing vacation rental properties in Florida. Locks are the weakest point of doors and should be durable. Replacing hollow doors with steel doors, which will also make it difficult to break down.

5. Install Timers

Install timers that will turn on lights, the television, or the radio while you're away from the house. The gadgets are easy to install and set up when you plan to be away from home at night or while you're on vacation. Criminals target homes that look occupied less than ones that appear vacant.


Securing your home and offering more protection is an important step to take to keep your family safe. You can reduce the risk of having your valuables stolen and feel more at ease while spending time in the home.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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