Mums and dads across the globe work hard every day on how to keep their family safe at home. From preparing healthy foods to driving the speed limit, every decision we make as parents counts towards some sort of safety measure. One aspect of the home that is often forgotten is home security. Of course we all lock our doors and secure our windows but most home owners forget to take their home security an extra step. There are many simple precautions that can be taken to keep your home safe and sound while your little ones sleep. Below are a few easy home security options that will help keep your family safe.

Deadbolts/Extra Locks

One option that is easy to add to your home is extra locks. Every exterior door of your home can benefit from additional locking mechanisms. These locks will not only keep your home secure but they can also give you an extra way to keep your children inside the home once they learn how to open doors. These locks are located at the very top of your door and give you an additional way to secure the home. Deadbolts can be installed as well as chain or a sliding bolt lock, whichever meets your preferences.

Securing exterior patio doors

Patio and other glass style exterior doors also need added security. Many burglaries take place when the robber enters the home via sliding patio doors or French doors. These doors are usually at the back of the home and are usually forgotten. A simple lock is usually all these doors have to keep outsiders from getting in. It is best to apply some type of lock to these doors or use a metal pole to keep the door from sliding open if an intruder tries to open it.

Motion sensors

Another great option is motion sensors. These sensors can be placed outside the home near your entry ways. These motion sensor systems detect movement and will trigger a light to turn on once movement is detected. These sensors are great for home owners as they give light when you arrive home at night so you can survey your property and be able to see to unlock your doors. However, it is also great for when you are home to see when people arrive or an unwanted guest is approaching. These sensors also deter potential burglaries as the criminal will flee once the lights turn on.

‘Guard’ Dog

You may also want to consider a ‘guard’ dog. If you have small children you most likely do not want a dog that is large and could be potentially dangerous. However, you could purchase a nice family friendly dog that can be trained or will bark towards strangers. This way, when someone approaches your home, whether you are away or at home, the dog will bark. Most criminals want to remain undetected and a constantly barking dog is a great way to deter a potential criminal from trying to enter your home.

Security alarm

Lastly one of the most popular forms of security is alarm systems. There are many options for you to choose from, including basic alerts to police alerting systems. The type of alarm you choose should be based on what you can afford as well as what you need in your area. For this option, it is best to determine your security needs and then find a system that will work for your home.

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  • Isn’t it sad that we can’t feel safe in our own homes?! But a fact of life unfortunately


  • We have licks on doors and windows and 2 guard dogs. The little one is the alarm, the big one takes over if the culprit ignores the alarm ;)


  • Yes all very good tips, i have to say i feel alot safer with our dog on guard.


  • yep security screens and even a dog sign even if you don’t have a dog, will help


  • Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative article.


  • Good article and good advice there! Thank You.


  • Thanks for sharing.


  • These days times are getting tough and with it only getting tougher its really worrisome about what might happen :( so far have key locks on my windows but will look at more :(


  • One good idea for people who don’t have a home security system is to make sure you know where your car keys are at any time when you’re in the house. It’s especially important when you go to bed, as you should always keep your car keys by your bed.

    If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

    This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

    If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

    • How simple but how effective is this idea.


  • It’s sad to think we need so much security to feel and BE safe in our own homes.


  • My 5kg Pomeranian/Chihuahua is the best “stranger alarm” that you could get. He never barks when it’s someone we know at the door, but he carries on when it’s a stranger. Friends & family often laugh at me, because I always keep outside doors locked when I’m home, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.


  • Good advice, thanks for sharing.


  • Just what I need for my house, though it’s best to have a own home rather than a rented home. But safety is what is needed to protect family and friends.


  • I don’t like the idea of deadbolts or chains at the top of the door.. The thought I’d a fire emergency scares me too much!


  • we have the deadbolts and security grills and this seems to keep us safe


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