10 Ways to Make Your Home a Hundred Times Safer!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 0225179163

In today’s world we could all use a little more piece of mind. Here are some great tips on making your home a lot more difficult for burglars to break into.

  • Install a Peephole - some front doors for homes today come from the factory with a peephole already installed but there are many that do not. You should never open your door to a stranger. Installing a peephole is simple and inexpensive. If you ignore the other 9 tips on this page, this is the one thing that you should do. Remember, if you open the door to the wrong person you are when they are there. It’s not just your TV anymore; it’s about your personal safety.


  • Replace Your Standard Mailbox with a Security Mailbox – the information in your mailbox can be just as damaging to your privacy as what’s inside your home. Checks, credit cards, and most importantly your private information is accessible to everyone before it makes its way inside. You can easily prevent someone from having access to your personal information by simply upgrading your mailbox.
  • Install a Second Patio Door Lock – patio door locks are very simple to open from the outside and burglars are fully aware of this fact. You can install a second lock for your sliding door for about $25 and it’s a much better design that the standard factory lock that you find on most patio doors. A great security measure for very little cost.
  • Use Heavy Duty Strike Plates -did you know that the weakest part of a door is usually the frame and not the door itself? If you already have a heavy duty deadbolt with long screws in the strike plate you’re fine. To check simply remove the strike plate to examine it. It should be made of heavy duty steel and the screws should be at least 3 inches long that secure it to the door jamb. If needed, you can buy reinforcing hardware for $5 - $10 at any home improvement store. This will make the door a lot more difficult to open with force.
  • Buy a Safe – placing your valuables in a safe is your last line of defense is the wrong person does find their way into your home. Make sure that you buy a safe that is designed to be mounted directly to the floor or wall. It’s not doing you much good if a burglar can simply take it with them. Remember, important papers are just as valuable as jewelry and money so use the safe wisely.
  • Lights are Your Best Friend – there is no better deterrent at night than a well lit yard. Outdoor motion lights are the perfect solution and are very inexpensive. Some even feature a built-in back up battery in the event of a power failure or a built in solar panel eliminating the need to install additional power outlets. Whichever you choose be sure to install as many as you need to ensure good “coverage” at night.
  • Reinforce Weak and Flimsy Garage Door Panels – if you have an older wooden garage door you have probably noticed how simple it would be to kick out one of the plywood panels and gain access to your garage. It’s a simple matter to reinforce these panels with an additional ½ inch thick piece of plywood and reinforce it with 2 X 4’s. Your garage door will be a lot stronger then and very difficult to break into.
  • Install a Security System – if you have the budget I would suggest a professionally installed burglar alarm but even an inexpensive DIY system is better than nothing. Almost anyone can install a simple wireless alarm system in just one day. Also, you might be entitled to a discount on your home owner’s insurance with this type of additional protection.
  • A Shredder is a Good Idea – as you already know, identity theft is on the rise and a paper shredder is an effective tool to keep someone from having access to your private information. Keep in mind that identity thieves DO go through people’s trash to find useful information. Make sure they don’t find out anything that can harm you.
  • Install a SIMLock – many home invasions begin with the simple task of picking the lock on one of your entry doors. Even a dead bolt can be opened by a thief with only minimal skills. Thankfully there is a new device called a SIMLock that installs in seconds and can prevent your dead bolt from being opened from the outside when you use it. It’s a $10 item that can save you a lot of grief. You can check it out at thesimlock.com.
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Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Some very good tips on making your home safer. Thanks for sharing with us.

May 29, 2013 05:26 AM #9
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

I would add one more: get a dog. Preferably, a large and/or loud one. And make the dog's presence known (Beware of Dog sign, bumper sticker, frequent walks, whatever it takes) - if professionals are casing the neighborhood to find the "easy house" to burglarize, a house with an active dog will generally be eliminated. 

Of course, this is a lifestyle choice, and some can't or won't choose to do this. I doubled down myself and have TWO. They're both large, but only one is loud. But she makes up for the both of them! :)

May 29, 2013 07:05 AM #10
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Valorie this is an excellent post! All good points in today's word. You must out smart those thieves. This SIM Lock is new to me.


May 29, 2013 07:32 AM #11
Mary Preheim
Realty Executives of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV

Thank you for this! Very well written and often we overlook such small, simple things!

May 29, 2013 07:40 AM #12
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I was just asked about security today by a new client.  I will send her this and reblog as well!

May 29, 2013 08:39 AM #13
Barb Fischer
Big Block Realty - La Mesa, CA
San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate

I count on my 4 dogs to make a lot of noise, but sometimes they don't. Anotheer comment to add: I have 2 sons, and sometimes I think men don't feel they are a susceptible to crime as women are, and that's a false sense of security.

May 29, 2013 10:43 AM #14
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Valerie I'm constantly amazed the number of people who just toss out papers without any thought to what information might be on it.

May 29, 2013 11:41 AM #15
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Safety first is my personal mantra.  I was not aware of a security mail box.. would you happen to have a link so I can find out more information..... Great tips and congrats on this featured post.

May 29, 2013 11:53 AM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Valorie,  Great post! You've made 10 great suggestions on how to keep our clients safer, thank you!

May 29, 2013 12:12 PM #17
Alissa Ophoff
Centum Action Mortgage Corp. - White Rock, BC
White Rock BC Mortgage Broker

Never heard of a Simlock. Sounds affordable and a real safety feature.

May 29, 2013 12:41 PM #18
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Valorie,  great information for all home owners... Thanks for sharing with us.

May 29, 2013 01:11 PM #19
Valorie L. Easter
eXp Realty - Charlottesville, VA
Valorie Easter & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Rea
www.securitymailbox.com has both commercial and residential boxes. Enjoy!
May 29, 2013 01:19 PM #20
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great list of ways to feel a bit more secure.  You just never know!  Especially like the mailbox idea.

May 29, 2013 02:52 PM #21
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Valorie ~ Great post! Perhaps you will never know how much this post will spread and help many people. Again, great post...I can definitely see things I must change.

May 29, 2013 04:55 PM #22
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer
Valerie. Those are 10 great suggestions. I am interested in the Sim lock. Do you have one?
May 29, 2013 08:09 PM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Add some breathing room around the image so the copy can stand out and not crowd. Glad I live where burglars don't happen, in the 4th lowest crime state where fear, security don't make the to do list daily. Every market area is so different.

May 29, 2013 08:27 PM #24
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

These are all good ideas.  I protect my house with two dogs and a shot gun!  :)                                                                                  

May 29, 2013 09:14 PM #25
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Good information here. Like the idea of a secure mailbox as well as a simlock (which I had never heard of).

May 29, 2013 09:43 PM #26
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

All very good tips. Lights not only are a great saftey point, but also a well lit house can be very attractive.,

May 29, 2013 09:47 PM #27
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Valerie, I am going to check out the SimLocak as well. Good tips for all home dwellers.

May 30, 2013 02:12 AM #28
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