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How to best protect your home from burglary

Categories: Apex, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: December 13, 2019

If you are moving into a new home in Raleigh or have already settled into your new Mattamy home, one of the things you probably plan to invest in is a way to keep your home secure and safe. No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it is still always a good safety precaution to protect your home from any unwanted intruders who may be lurking around when you are not home or out of town. You know you want to protect your home, but what is the best way to ensure it’s safe? Below are the top safety tips to keep in mind when selecting the right choice for your home.

The first thing you will want to be sure and do, especially if you are moving into a new home, is to maintain your doors and locks. Be sure that over time, you keep up with the quality of the door and fix any shortcomings such as gaps along the frame and hinge strength.  If the hardware on any of your exterior doors starts to wear or get damage, be sure and replace it immediately.

Lighting is the next element that can play a big role in how safe your home is, and how easy of a target you are to intruders. A home that is poorly lit on the exterior is a target for thieves looking to sneak in and out with no one looking. This also goes for inside of your home, where a home appears pitch dark on the outside alluding to someone not being home.

The best way to combat poor home lighting is to invest in motion detector lights for the outside of your home, that will go off when prompted near windows and doors. If you happen to have a large property or backyard, floodlights are a good idea to add to keep a broader range of vision over your property.

For the interior of your home, put some of your lamps on timers throughout the house to go on at dusk. This will ensure that once the sun goes down, the lighting in your home doesn’t go with it. Even when you aren’t home, the lighting in your home will always give the illusion from the outside that someone is home. It also prevents you from having to leave a light on 24/7 when you go out of town, which can also be detected by someone casing your house.

Spare keys are a great thing to have when you lock yourself out of your home, but can also be a detriment to your safety if not used correctly. Not only the location of a spare key if kept outside your home, but who you lend your spare keys out too. Be sure to only give spare keys out to a few people you trust, or an even better tip is to give out the garage code instead. If you are going to leave a spare key outside your home, don’t put it under a doormat or in a fake rock. Choose a place that not even the smartest intruder would think to check.

Next, keep track of your windows and keep up the integrity of them just like you do your doors. A window is the second most common place an intruder comes in, other than a door. Make sure to keep windows locked at all times and be sure hinges are not loose.

An alarm system is the final and most common way people protect their homes. The cost on an alarm system can range from $100 to $1,200, depending on what you choose and the features you’re looking for. Typically, the monthly charge on an alarm system is around $40 per month. If you don’t want to commit to a system with a monthly fee, consider the alarm systems with the video at the front door which can deter intruders without having a full security system in place.

Lastly, popular video doorbells like Ring and Nest have quickly gained popularity over the years, as they are a great way to keep your home and family save. During the holiday season, it can also be a good way to keep an eye on your packages and hopefully deter and porch thieves that may be looking for packages on doorsteps.


Adding some or all of these tips above, will help you sleep easy in your new home and have a sense of peace that you are protecting you and your family for years to come.


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