The world today has come up with multiple security protocols to make sure that they are safe within their homes. There are simple options and complex ones, cheap ones and expensive equipment. Houses have CCTV systems while hotels and other accommodation have their own visitor management system. In the Philippines, where crime is not isolated to the bustling cities, it’s incredibly important to keep one’s home as secure as possible.
Although there are countless guides on how you can double up on home security, some of them can be a little over the top. For those who want to be able to do something fairly easy, here are our tips on how you can strengthen your home security with ease!
Secure All Entrances
For thieves to steal your belongings, they should first enter your house. If they’re not able to enter, they won’t be able to do anything.
As such, arguably the most important tip we can give you is to make sure that your doors and windows are fully secured—and this doesn’t mean just locking them.
Inbuilt locks in doors are usually not that great. Unless you have already chosen a strong locking mechanism, it won’t hold against a forceful push or a slam of a hammer. It could also be the victim of lockpicks.
Because of this, it is highly recommended that you double up the strength of your locks. This can be done by adding different locks or turning to digital lock systems.
The most popular and accessible choice would be to install a barrel-bolt lock along with a door chain. This would usually be enough to prevent most hooligans from trying to get into your home.
Bear in mind that you should also secure windows and sliding doors which can be a bit more tricky since they would only have room for another lock and key. Still, you can try and install other locks to make it more secure.
Another option is to add railings or an extra gate to these windows and sliding doors. Gates help a lot in deterring theft as it makes it extremely hard to get into houses unseen.
Keep your Home Lit
During the night, it’s incredibly easy to become sneaky and enter a house when there’s little to no light source. Make sure that you at least have a light on your windows and doors just to make sure that if there was anyone who was trying to break in, they’ll be in the spotlight of your lightbulb.
Install CCTV Cameras
The second point works well with this once. Having a surveillance system is one of the best deterrents of burglars simply because none of them want to be caught red-handed while they’re on the move.
Surveillance systems are great for deterring and following up on burglaries. In the unfortunate circumstance wherein a house gets broken in, a well placed and hidden camera can capture who and how exactly it was possible, making catching the criminal an incredibly easy thing to do.
Avoid Proclaiming your Whereabouts
One of the easiest ways for would-be burglars to know if a house is a potential target is through social media. Families who tend to proclaim to the world the beauty of their vacation the time they’re spending not in their home are the most appealing targets, especially if these burglars and thieves have been eyeing out and studying the town for quite a while.
Posting your whereabouts on social media is one of the most common practices of the Filipino people. Everything that we do, whether if it’s unique or not is put into Instagram of Facebook for the people to know.
Beware of doing this from now on, because as soon as burglars find out that you’re not in your house for an extended period of time, even if you had alarm systems or deceptive mechanisms installed, there won’t be much risk of getting caught, especially with how the Filipino people would prefer to mind their own business in these times.
Hide your Personal Belongings
Of course, you can’t be a victim of thieves when they don’t have anything to steal from you! although it’s not that easy to hide a 32” flat-screen TV in the middle of your living room, you can still hide some of your more important items in safes or secret compartments. This includes your wallet, your IDs, your personal files and the like.
Personal information is more valuable nowadays than some appliances, so you should make sure that these are hidden and secured at all costs.
Appliances can be replaced, but your identification can be compromised in the wrong hands.
Home security is an important topic to discuss, especially in the Philippines. All commercial buildings have their own visitor management systems but not every residential home has a security protocol to keep things safe. Consider the tips listed above when you plan on securing your home to the fullest!