From DIY home security tips to a comprehensive access control system

Lockmart on 29 November 2016

There are many different ways that you can improve your home security. Some of these you can do yourself for little or no cost while others will need the help of a locksmith in Melbourne.

With the recent spate of break-ins across Melbourne, now is the time to be thinking about and upgrading your home security.

With that in mind here are 8 ways to improve home security, from DIY options to those which require expert locksmith services.

8. Think like a burglar

Look around your home and think about how you would try to break into it if you were a burglar. Where are the entry points? Do they have locks? Is it easy to tell when people are not home?

This may not be a foolproof way of finding all your security flaws, but it can be a good place to start.

7. Make your home look occupied

When you go out, it can be a good idea to leave some lights and the TV on so that it looks like people are home.

If you are going away for a few days, then you should have a neighbour or friend collect your mail, put out and bring your bin. If you go away for an extended period, then it's a good idea to have someone house sit or at least check on your home every few days.

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6. Use your locks

More often than you think, burglars get into a home by simply opening the front door which has been left unlocked. So make sure you use your locks. All of them. Yes, even on the second floor balcony.

Whether you're home or not, if a door is shut it should be locked. You should get into the habit of leaving everything locked and checking that the front door is locked behind you when you go out.

5. Put locks on your windows

If a burglar tries your front door and it's locked, their next stop will be your windows or back door or even a balcony if they can climb up to one.

So every potential entry point needs to have a lock, and you need to use it. While all your doors will have locks already, your windows may not, especially in older homes.

4. Upgrade your locks

Even if you have locks on all of your potential entry points, some of them may be easily broken with brute force. This is more likely to be the case with windows.

Upgrading your door and windows locks to some with heavy-duty construction and modern designs could help to stop a burglar in their tracks.

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3. Motion activated lights

Taking away the element of stealth for a burglar can be a powerful deterrent. If they can be easily spotted from the street or inside the home, then a burglar will be much more likely to leave your property.

Not to mention, a home with motion activated flood lights is also more likely to have other security features which will also act as a deterrent.

2. Security cameras

Security cameras are a powerful deterrent to burglars, but they can also help protect your property in other ways as well.

The footage from your cameras can assist in a police investigation and may even help you get your belongings back. Not only that, but with modern cameras, you can view live footage from your property. So If you see someone breaking in while you're out, you can call the police immediately.

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1. Access control systems

Installing an access control system is the best way to improve your home security. A comprehensive access control system can incorporate several different products depending on the needs of you and your property.

Access control products include electronic locks, security cameras, alarm systems and more. The trick is to find an expert locksmith in Melbourne who can help you determine what your property needs and design your system from the ground up.

Choose the expert locksmith in Melbourne

Here at Lockmart, we have all of your home security needs covered. From simple door locks to comprehensive access control systems, we do it all.

Our team has a great deal of expertise with all kinds of access control products and locksmith services. If you're looking for an expert locksmith in Melbourne, then look no further.

For help improving your home security, call our team on 1300 594 903.