The Best Ways To Protect Your Home - From The Inside
Now more than ever, your home is your sanctuary. You’re spending a lot of time at home but there is always a risk when it comes to your safety, especially now for many reasons. We’ve come up with the best ways to protect your home from the inside.
While crime statistics have dropped nationwide, it doesn’t mean you should relax on your safety measures. Opportunistic crime might be on the rise especially as more of our nation suffers under the effects of the national lockdown. You need to ensure that your home is safe and there are simple ways to secure your home from the inside.
Expensive and fancy home security systems aren’t your only option. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to burglar-proof your home. But even if you have a state-of-the-art security system, it is still super beneficial to implement these simple tips to elevate your safety. Take a look at these low-cost theft-proofing measures that you can implement right away.
How to protect your home from the inside
1. Keep all doors and windows closed and locked at all times
This is an easy and effective way to restrict any unwanted guests from entering your home. Often, criminals look for easy targets so if your home is always open and easy to access, you will become an easy target.
Another great idea is to inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected. This will ensure that it isn’t easy for any intruder to enter your home.
Pro tip: don’t forget the door attached to the garage. It’s one of the easiest targets. Don’t depend on your automatic garage door for full security.
2. Update your locks
When last did you check on your locks? Do you know if any have locks that are damaged or are there any spare keys floating around that you can’t find? Are your locks easy to jimmy open?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it could be time to update your locks and replace them with more tamper-proof versions. This is especially true if you recently moved into a new house - you can never be too careful.
If you have been a victim of a robbery where your purse or keys were stolen, change your locks as soon as possible!
3. Add privacy film to decorative glass on and around exterior doors
Large windows and decorative glass displays can be a beautiful addition to any entrance, but they can present a bit of a security issue. Potential intruders can easily see into your home if the curtains are not drawn.
If your home has many glass entrance ways, use privacy film or sand the glass windows to distort the view from the outside. This will reduce the chances of window shopping or inviting an unwanted visitor to your home.
4. Make sure you have a home security system
In South Africa, this has become a standard in most households but there are still many people who do not have a home security system. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant but a decent alarm system is well worth the money.
There are countless amazing features with any security system:
● outdoor motion detectors (beams)
● sensors at doors and windows, and at the door attached to the garage
● a siren alarm sound to alert you and your neighbours to an intrusion, and of course, security cameras
Every home is different and will have a unique set of security vulnerabilities. It’s best to shop around and find a system that will suit your needs.
5. Keep your valuables out of sight
As much as we think no one can see into our homes or gardens, you can never be too sure. Make sure your expensive items are kept out of sight.
Keep your outside belongings like tools, bikes and other easy-to-grab items locked up or safe in the garage when you’re not using them. Inside, shield your belongings with curtains or blinds, this will also stop passers-by from peeking inside your home.
Put high-value items away when you’re not using them. Don’t leave electronics, jewellery, cash or important personal documents in plain sight. Keep your most valuable goods and documents in a safe and secure place.
Like we said, your home is your sanctuary and right now you need to protect it. This doesn’t only mean in terms of security but also keeping your space clean and healthy. Find out how to make your home a healthy one here.
Other ways to ensure your home is protected is to ensure you have the right cover for just in case your home does get invaded (we truly hope this never happens though!).
Home insurance with Oneplan
We want home insurance to be a reassurance and never a burden!
This is why Oneplan lets you have total control over how much insurance you want at the price you can afford. Did you know you can even turn your cover on and off whenever you want? What we mean by this is, is you can pause your cover whenever you need to (especially during those tough months where it feels like you’re living paycheck to paycheck).
Our goal is to make insurance hassle-free by not making you fill out endless stacks of paperwork and giving you control over your premium from the palm of your hand.
With us, you have total control over what you insure and for how much and you can upload and remove items when you want them covered. You can find out all the details here.
Yours in reliable and affordable household insurance,