13 Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

Recently we sat down with a team from Channel 9 News to discuss the recent increase in home break-ins. Now more than ever, ensuring the safety and security of your home is a top priority for every homeowner. Whether you live in a bustling city or a peaceful suburb, implementing effective security measures is essential to protect your property and loved ones.

In this blog post, we will discuss 13 practical ways to keep your home safe, ranging from engaging professional locksmiths to upgrading your security systems.

1. Engage an Accredited Locksmith for a Site Survey

To identify potential weaknesses in your home’s security, consider enlisting the services of an accredited locksmith. They can conduct a thorough site survey, identifying vulnerable areas that might require additional attention or reinforcement.

2. Be Wary of Unlicensed Tradespeople

When seeking locksmith or security services, be cautious of unlicensed tradespeople offering cheap services. Opting for accredited professionals ensures that you receive quality workmanship and reliable security solutions.

3. Limit Key Access

To maintain control over who can enter your home, limit access to your keys. Avoid leaving spare keys in obvious places and consider providing them only to trusted individuals. This simple precaution can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized entry.

4. Key Locks Alike and Limit the Number of Keys You Have

John Barnes can rekey your locks so that all locks in your home can be opened with a single key. This not only simplifies your access but also reduces the number of keys in circulation. Limiting the number of keys lowers the risk of misplaced or stolen keys falling into the wrong hands.

 5. Upgrade Your Security Screen Door with a Latch Guard

To reinforce the security of your screen door, consider adding a latch guard. This accessory prevents tampering with the latch mechanism, making it harder for potential burglars to force entry. You can purchase one for yourself here .

6. Install a Crimsafe Screen Door with a Triple Lock

Enhance your home’s security by installing a Crimsafe screen door with a triple lock system. These robust doors provide an additional layer of protection against intruders while allowing fresh air to circulate through your home.

7. Install a CCTV System

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems act as a deterrent to potential intruders. By installing cameras in strategic locations around your property, you can monitor activities in real-time and provide valuable evidence in the event of a break-in. We are currently running a special on 4 camera CCTV system for $1750 installed; to secure one for youself enquire here

8. Upgrade to a Camera Doorbell

A camera doorbell combines convenience and security. With this smart device, you can see and communicate with visitors at your doorstep, even when you’re away from home. The built-in camera acts as an additional security measure, deterring unwanted intrusions.

 9. Install Locks on Your Roller Doors

Roller doors are often overlooked when it comes to home security. Adding locks to these doors significantly increases their resistance to forced entry, making them a less appealing target for potential burglars. John Barnes has a range of roller door locks and padlocks available both in-store and online.

 10. Ensure Windows Have Locking Mechanisms

Check that all your windows have secure locking mechanisms in place. Simple window locks or key-operated latches provide an extra layer of protection, reducing the chances of unauthorized access.

 11. Keep Keys Out of Sight

Avoid leaving keys within plain sight of windows or doors. Burglars may be opportunistic and take advantage of easily accessible keys. Store your keys in a secure and discreet location to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

 12. Add an Energex Padlock to Your Meter Box

Protecting your meter box is crucial, as it can prevent unauthorized access to your utilities. Adding an Energex padlock provides an additional barrier, making it harder for intruders to tamper with your electrical supply and, therefore, potentially cutting off any CCTV footage you may have



 13. Install a Fire-Resistant Safe

In addition to protecting your home from intruders, it’s important to safeguard your valuable belongings. Install a fire-resistant safe that is bolted to the floor or wall, keeping it hidden from view. This secure storage solution ensures the protection of your important documents, cash, and other valuable possessions in case of emergencies.

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 Securing your home is a multifaceted task that requires careful consideration of various aspects. By engaging John Barnes to assist you in implementing any of these 13 effective ways to keep your home safe, you can significantly reduce the risk of burglaries, unauthorized access, and potential harm to your loved ones. Remember, investing in security measures today can provide invaluable peace of mind for years to come.

Stay vigilant, stay safe and contact us today to arrange for an upgrade to your home’s security.

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