It’s important to keep your family and your property safe. There are basic steps you can take to protect your home and belongings, like locking up when you leave the house. This guide provides simple things you can do to improve home security.

1. Evaluate the Exterior Doors on Your Home

Hollow-core doors do little to keep thieves out. Replace weak or damaged doors with a strong, solid-core door. While you’re examining the exterior doors on your home, check the locks and door frames, too. The exterior doors should have a deadbolt lock. A rotting or damaged door frame provides an easier point of entry for burglars.

2. Always Lock Your Doors for Security

To improve home security, establish a house rule to lock the doors even if you’re only going out for a few minutes. Whether you’re going to your backyard or going to a neighbor’s house for a minute, make sure the doors to your home are locked.

3. Upgrade Outdoor Lighting to Improve Home Security

Install motion detector lighting on the side and back of your home. Motion detection lights turn on automatically when they sense movement. For more security, add lighting in strategic places around your yard.

4. Get to Know Your Neighbors

Meet your neighbors to improve home security. The ones who know you are more likely to pay attention if they see something amiss when you’re not at home.

Learn what your neighbors’ cars look like so you’ll know when an unfamiliar vehicle is on your block. Stay in touch with your neighbors about when you are leaving town and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You can return the favor when they vacation.

5. Use Caution with Social Media

Don’t tell the world via social media that you’re away from home. Posting vacation photos, doing Facebook check-ins from out of town, and tweeting about the trip informs people that your house is unoccupied.

6. To Improve Home Security, Keep Valuables Out of Sight

Don’t give thieves an incentive to break into your home. Cash, jewelry, electronic devices, and other valuables shouldn’t be visible through windows. Don’t store valuable items like bicycles, ladders, snow shovels, and gardening tools in the yard. Keeping a ladder outdoors is particularly dangerous. A thief could use your own ladder to access an upstairs window.

Cowan Inspections Group provides home inspection services to the Salt Lake City area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.