Don’t forget the garage

This entry point to your home is becoming more popular with criminals. Even if they can’t access your house, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage—both interior and exterior.

You may also consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way a burglar can’t grab it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of delivery people, neighbors, or anyone else.

Here are some more easy ways to secure the garage.

Upgrade to a smart garage door opener.

Cover windows to hide the goodies inside.

Secure garage doors with extra locks.

Use home automation—and never leave the garage door open again.

 

Light up the landscape.

Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Keep bad folks at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back gardens, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps.

Make your outdoor security lights even more effective with these tips.

Use motion-activated lights.

Save energy with solar-powered lights.

Put outdoor lights on a timer.

2. Lock the windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective and sometimes they’re downright flimsy.

If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, beef up security with locks or key-operated levers. But you don’t have to stop there.

We have some other good ideas to help make your windows burglar-proof.

Reinforce glass with window security film.

Install window or glass break sensors.

Add window bars.

Plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows (but be sure to keep them trimmed).

1. Secure the doors

Don’t help a burglar stroll in through the front door (34% of them do!).

Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and if your door has a post slot that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door.

If you’re moving into a residence that someone else used to call home, change the door locks. That way you won’t have strangers out there with a key to your house, and you can make sure your locks are the best on the market.

Here are some quick reinforcements we recommend to help you shore up these vital entryways.

Install a deadbolt.

Add a strike plate.

Upgrade to smart locks.

Boost security with a video doorbell.