I think it’s safe to say that we are all pretty protective when it comes to our homes. We want our belongings, our property and our family members to remain intact.

It used to be that locked doors and alarm systems weren’t needed as much. However, as the years have gone by and the crime rates have increased, we now have to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of our homes and our and peace of mind.

There are many ways to protect your property, and what you do to protect can vary in price and ease.

Here are a few simple tips to help improve the security of your home:

  • Lock all doors and windows. This might seem like a no-brainer, but doors and windows are the first places burglars usually check to gain entry into a home. If one is accidentally left unbolted, it is an open invitation for an intruder to enter.
  • Keep your curtains and blinds closed. If you make it easy to see into your home, it is easier to spy items that someone might want to get their hands on.
  • Utilize lighting. Use motion-censored exterior lights outside in order to spook an unwelcome guest on your property. Keep your home well-lit, especially if you’re on vacation. If so, you can always set a timer for TV’s and interior lights in order to give the impression that someone is home.
  • Trim your bushes and shrubbery. Burglars want to stay hidden and unseen. Don’t make it easy for them to hide. If you keep your landscaping from becoming overgrown, it will be plain to see if someone is out of place on your property.
  • Invest in an alarm system. That is truly what it is: an investment. According to lifehacker.com, homes without security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into. When someone tries to break in and a loud alarm goes off, they are most likely not going to stick around for fear of getting caught.

It’s certain that our home security must increase along with the crime rates. It doesn’t matter where you live or what type of home you live in, according to A Secure Life, a burglary occurs ever 15 seconds. Take the necessary measures to protect and prevent.