by Brandy Abalos

Many people put home décor and maintenance at the forefront of their thoughts, but they should also prioritize security measures. According to the FBI, a burglary happens every 25 seconds in the United States. That’s more than 3,300 every day. Instead of being on the back burner, home security should be a top priority. There are many ways homeowners can protect their homes.

Set Up Security Cameras

Security cameras may foil burglars and porch pirates. Thieves may see the cameras on the external areas of the home  and avoid the house, or the homeowners can use the footage to secure a conviction. There are many types of security cameras, from doorbell cams like Ring to motion-censored mounted cameras. They are most effective when they have features such as motion detection, night vision, Wi-Fi capability and local or cloud storage. Additionally, they should be weatherproof.

Install an Alarm System

Many security systems include an alarm for doors and windows. When opened, the occupant must enter a code to prevent the alarm from going off. A security team can monitor it remotely. A centralized home hub or cell phone can control the systems to minimize false alarms.

Put Up Flood Lights in Outdoor Areas

Burglars do not want anyone to see them. They are likely to run if they are trying to sneak around a home and a flood light suddenly turns on. Floodlights should reach all areas around the home—front, back and side yards. Floodlights should illuminate any vehicles parked in the driveway, too.

Secure the Doors

More than one-third of all burglars stroll right through the front door of a home. Ensure all door frames are strong and hinges are protected to prevent this. Inspect the mail slot to determine whether someone can reach the door lock through the opening. Changing the door locks in a new home is an often-forgotten security measure. Otherwise, previous tenants may have a copy of the key. Reinforce all doors with a deadbolt, strike plate and smart locks.

Lock All Windows

Windows are also a common entry point for burglars. Homeowners often shut them but forget to lock them. Additionally, manufacturer window latches aren’t always effective and are often flimsy. Aftermarket window locks or key-operated levers are a great way to secure windows. Those who are particularly concerned can include reinforced glass, window sensors and window bars.

Protect the Garage

Many criminals enter homes through the garage. Whether homeowners forget to shut their garage doors or there are outside entryways that are easily accessible, burglars may be able to force their way into the home. It’s important to lock all interior and exterior doors that lead to the garage.

Keep the garage door opener in the house, especially if the car is in the driveway. Don’t allow anyone to know the garage security code. Some other ways to secure the garage include upgrading to a smart garage door opener, covering windows on the garage door and putting extra locks on external garage doors. Some people install a driveway alarm to alert them when someone has arrived.

Have an Effective Security System

A security system is a combination of devices to protect someone’s property and family. There are many outdoor and indoor technologies to integrate to help safeguard a family’s home.