Practical Home Security Tips


Your home is like the safest place on earth for you. But chances are, there are dangers lurking out there that you should treat as a real threat to the safety of your family.

To minimize security risks, best to remember these practical home security tips that can come in handy for you and your family.

If you’re still in the process of looking for a place to live in, these are two important questions to ask yourself:

  1. What are the possible safety and security risks you can identify in and around the area? If you are able to identify a lot of possible safety and security risks in a particular location, then you might want to think twice about moving there.  
  1. What are your safety and security priorities? Once you’ve identified yours, then start thinking of security measures around these priorities. Most would answer safety of the family members as the utmost priority, and then assets and property as secondary.  

If you’ve found or are already living in your dream home, these are some practical ways to keep it secure round the clock:

Locks and Keys

Locks and keys are your house frontliners in security so always make sure that these are always in place and that your keys are not compromised.

  • Change  all the locks and bolts before moving into a new house.
  • Always lock your home if you’re going out, even if it’s just for five minutes.
  • If you lose your keys, change your locks immediately.
  • Don’t hide your home key in your mailbox or under a pot. Wrap it in tin foil and bury it someplace in your front or backyard that you can easily remember.
  • Install a deadbolt aside from a spring latch lock as added safety measure because the latter is quite easy for burglars to open.
  • Always arm the door sensors when going out.
  • Control the number of people with key copies and make sure they don’t lose their copies.
  • Install an inside safety catch on doors for added security.  
  • Do not leave your keys in the locks because someone might chance upon it and retrieve the keys.  

When You Leave the House

Burglars target houses when it’s pretty obvious that the owners are away. So to deter these people, make sure that your house does not appear empty when you go on vacation or leave for even a short period of time.

  • Leave the lights on outside at night, especially when you’re out of the house.
  • Consider leaving some background noise like TV or radio on if you’re going out for a while.
  • Do not leave notes on your door. It is a sure sign for burglars that the house is empty.  
  • Inspect the landscape of your front or backyard for areas where a burglar might hide. Eliminate the possibility of these being used as such by clearing these areas.
  • Maintain the landscape of the front and back yards to remove potential hiding places for burglars.
  • Build higher fences to deter burglars from entering.
  • Do not leave lying around tools, bricks, and anything that can aid burglars from breaking windows or the locks.
  • Don’t ever post details of your out-of-town trips on social media.
  • Hide your valuables. Burglars will get attracted to your house if your valuables are easily visible say, from outside the windows.

In Case of Emergencies

It’s always advised to ensure that all members of the family know what to do in case of emergencies. So make sure that your family knows the following;

  • Emergency numbers to call including the police and the fire stations.
  • Emergency and evacuation plan to follow if needed.
  • Place where the emergency kit is placed.

The security of your home starts with you and your family. So always make sure that these practical tips are implemented to minimize the risks mentioned above.

To know more about securing your home, download Blackfort Home’s three part report entitled A Complete Guide to Home Security.