How aware are you to your risks of home crime and intruders?
Your home looks different to a thief than it does to you.
Criminals who burgle homes and victimise homeowners for a living look at the world much differently than those who play by the rules and abide by the law.
If you truly want to protect your home and get the best home security system, you need to step out of your comfort zone and see things through the eyes of a criminal.
You can start simply, with a walk around your home.
If you were a burglar, you would be looking for an easy way into the home.
The homeowner might not notice the lower windows propped open a crack, but a thief would gravitate to that entry point right away. The overgrown bush in the rear of your home might seem an eyesore, but a burglar will see it as a prime hiding spot.
Walking around your home with the mind-set of a criminal can be a real eye opener.
Things you might not have thought twice about, like an open first-floor window or an unlocked garage door, look different when seen through the eyes of a criminal.
After your first walk around the home, make a return trip with a notepad and pen.
Note the vulnerabilities you found on your first foray, and add new ones you notice the second time through. You can use that list to discuss home security with a professional, or buy new locks and do the work yourself.
You do not have to spend a fortune on a new alarm system or home security service to keep your family safe.
Something as simple as trimming shrubs and bushes to no more than window height can make your home safer and more attractive too.
We also supply a range of home security products that are quick and easy to install.
Making sure all windows and doors are locked is another simple way to secure your home and keep burglars at bay.
Many homeowners spend lots of time and money installing safety glass on their windows, but more than one third of burglars enter through the front door.
Installing new deadbolts on all your doors, and making sure family members use them, is one of the most effective ways to secure your home and protect your family.
Thinking like a criminal may not be a comfortable thing to do, but it can be enlightening.
Even if you think your home is locked down and secure, you may be overlooking vulnerabilities a burglar would spot in an instant.
Conducting your own home security audit is one of the best ways to keep yourself protected and keep your family safe.