Your home is your castle, but that doesn’t mean that it should have to look like a fortress. Of course you want to keep yourself and your family safe. Of course you want to deter unwelcome intruders and thieves. But at the same time you want your home to look beautiful and welcoming to yourself, your family and the people who you actually want to be there. Many of us are concerned about our home security but may be reticent to employ greater security measures for fear that they could turn their tiny slice of domestic paradise into what looks for all the world like a prisoner of war camp.
Don't Worry, Your Home Can Be Secure AND Gorgeous!
You want a home that’s gorgeous. And you want a home that’s secure. Is it too much to ask for both? We don’t think so! We’ve already looked at some measures you can put in place to make your home more secure, but these may be redundant for some homes or too intrusive for others. Let’s take a look at some small and unobtrusive changes you can make which make a huge difference to your home security.
Re-think Your Doors & Door Locks
You may assume that a lock is a lock is a lock, but the sad truth is that many homes have woefully insecure front and rear doors. The doors themselves may not be secure and easy to kick or break down. The locks may be easy to jimmy or remove altogether. Fortunately, you can make your exterior doors more secure without compromising the welcoming and flattering aesthetic they add to your home.
Simply replacing your existing lock with a jimmy-proof Mul T Lock cylinder can go a long way towards making your doors impregnable. If you’re really feeling security conscious, replacing your hollow core doors with solid core doors filled with solid wood metal or fiberglass can make it virtually impossible to force.
Give Your Windows A Security Boost
You’re worried that thieves might try to get into your home through your windows, but at the same time, you don’t want to besmirch them with ugly bars. What’s more, if your home has older, character-filled windows you might be reticent to replace them with newer UPVC windows. Don’t worry, your original windows can be made more secure without changing the way they look at all. Simply apply a protective film to them. These can not only prevent intruders from shattering the windows to gain ingress it can also prevent them from being able to see inside your home.
See Who's At The Door
There was a time when if you wanted to see who was at your doorstep you’d need to install a big, ugly security camera. That’s hardly a measure that says “Welcome”. Fortunately, however, security cameras have come a long way since then. In fact, it’s now possible to fit a camera that transmits in crystal-clear high definition into your doorbell.
Smart video doorbells send a video feed to your smartphone via a companion app meaning that no matter where you are in your home, you’ll be able to see who’s at the door and act accordingly. All through a device that’s perfectly discreet and aesthetically pleasing.
Who says that a secure home has to be an ugly home?