If you have recently purchased your new home then you probably made sure it was located in a safe area. However, no matter how safe your real estate is, there is still the chance of your home falling prey to bad guys. As the owner of a new home you want to be sure you take all the steps necessary to make that new home one that you can count on to protect you and your family as much as possible. Sometimes a house can use some help from its owners. Here are some tips you can follow to turn your new place into an even safer one:
Cut back thick bushes around the doors
Leaving thick bushes around the entrance doors to your house provides criminals with a place to hide unseen while they wait for you to show up. Once you do, they can overpower you and cause you harm.
Leave thick bushes under the windows
While you want to cut back the bushes by the doors, you will instead want to allow the bushes under your windows to grow nice and thick. This will make it a lot harder for someone to be able to stare in your windows or to try to get in your house through them.
Get a big dog known for being protective
You can also rescue a big dog that's known to be a protective breed. Make sure you spend a fair amount of time with the dog so you know it is going to be gentle with your family members. Some good breeds to get for this purpose include German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pitbulls and Chows. You can get a puppy, but just know that it's going to be about a year or so before you can count on it to start being protective of your home.
Don't leave valuables in plain site
Put everything away that could be tempting for a thief. You can persuade a lot of people to come into your yard to steal from you if you leave things out that they can easily sell for a nice little profit.
Get a good security unit put in the house
Most criminals will keep going right past your place once they see the signs of a security unit. Those that decide not to keep moving will have a decreased chance of actually getting in and an increased chance of being captured by law enforcement officers.
The more steps you take to create a more secure home, the less chances there will be of you being victimized. There are many other things you can also do like getting to know people who live near you, putting a fence up and securing any other weaknesses you spot around your house.