When it comes to increasing your home's security, you may know the benefits of installing a burglar alarm and floodlights. However, it's easy to overlook many other things you can do to make your home more secure; note a few of those things here, so you can ensure your property is as secure as possible.


High-quality locks on your windows make them hard to pry open, but note the glass in the window panes as well. If your home has single-paned windows, these can easily be broken with a rock or hammer, and a burglar then has access to your home. Upgrading to laminated windows, which are two panes that are bonded together for added strength, can make the glass stronger and less likely to break from an impact.


Consider that a doorframe is usually what splinters when someone kicks in the door itself. If you have a strong metal door on an old wood frame, your home is very vulnerable to a break-in! Talk to a contractor about upgrading the doorframe to something thick and durable and less likely to come away from the home's frame if someone were to kick at it.

Signs you're not home

Many break-ins actually happen during the day, so consider if you're somehow indicating to a potential thief that you won't be home for some time. For example, never leave a note on the door for a delivery person; many delivery companies have websites where you can add instructions for how to handle your packages, so use that feature rather than a note on your door. If you are expecting packages and won't be home, arrange for a neighbour or someone to pick them up right away, as boxes sitting on a porch are easy targets for thieves and also announce that you're not home.

Be sure you close the garage every day, especially if there's no car inside, as an open and empty garage is a sure sign that the home is unoccupied; invest in an opener that works with an app on your Smartphone or tablet, if necessary, so you can close it when on the road.

You can do the same for curtains and blinds in the home; choose a motorized opener that you can control remotely, and close the window treatments when you're gone, so no one can look inside the home and note if it's occupied. Opening and closing them at random times throughout the day also makes the home seem occupied and can reduce the risk of a break-in.