A home is made of love and dreams, they say. Often, they hold your most valuable possessions and, therefore, keeping it safe and protected should be one of your main concerns.

A lot of homeowners think that as long as the doors are locked, the house is secure. To some, as long as their family is safe inside the house then they wouldn’t have to worry.

However, there are far more threats out there that you always have to be ready for. We are talking about thefts, vandalism, burglaries and, in worst cases, home invasions. In fact, as of May of this year, there had been 4400 unlawful entries recorded by POLSIS in Brisbane alone.

Here is a list home protection tips you might find useful:

Don’t Leave Your House Unoccupied for Long

A house left for long periods of time are most vulnerable to burglaries and intrusions. Especially when you go on a holiday at particular times of the year, burglars will likely catch up to that pattern and prepare a break in once the house is already empty. We’re not saying you shouldn’t go on long vacations but if you have to be away, make sure that someone is occupying your home for the said period if only to make sure it’s not empty. You can ask a friend or a relative or perhaps hire a house sitter if you must.

Install CCTV Cameras

A security camera allows you to monitor what is going on in and around your house. It can help you spot an intruder even before they enter your house, allowing you time to call for help. Having an alarm system is not a guarantee to keep criminals at bay. Knowing there’s a security camera will likely deter criminals from even attempting to break in due to fear of getting caught.

Upgrade Your Locks

If you think your locks are a decade old, replace them with an upgraded one for reliability. Ensure your locks are tested by a trusted locksmith. They should not be easy to tamper with. You might also want to upgrade to a more sophisticated type. Those that have biometric fingerprint access technology are rendered to provide you with an even tighter security.

Install a Sophisticated Alarm System

Since doors and locks can be tampered with, it’s best if you have an alarm system that will alert you of an intrusion while you are sleeping in the middle of the night and immediately alert the authorities at the same time. Your alarm system should cover all openings in your house, including the basement windows.

It pays to be always extra careful especially when guarding the safety of your belongings and your loved ones. It might take a considerable fraction of your bank account but money spent in securing your home is never a waste.