13 Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

Wondering how to secure your home best against break ins? You’re not alone — with an increase in home break ins across many parts of Australia in recent years, more Australian homeowners than ever are upping their home security and looking into ways to keep their homes safe from unauthorised access. 

At John Barnes, we are proudly Brisbane’s leading home security company, providing the best home security solutions and business security solutions for residential and commercial clients since 1966. Home security is our specialty, and so, to answer the questions people have around the best home security ideas, we’ve put together this guide on how to secure your home; 13 Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Safe. In this guide, we will discuss 13 practical ways to keep your home safe, ranging from engaging professional locksmiths to upgrading your security systems.

How to secure your home: 13 ways to keep your home safe from break-ins and theft

13 of the top home security ideas you should consider in order to secure your home. 

Home security ideas: overview

We’ll take a closer look at each of these home security ideas within this home security guide, but, in a nutshell, the top home security ideas you need to consider to secure your home include:

  1. Get a site survey completed by an accredited professional locksmith (we can help with that). 
  2. Ask for credentials of tradespeople that enter your home and be wary of unlicensed tradespeople.
  3. Limit key access (both physical key access and digital key access).
  4. Limit the number of keys you have and require.
  5. Upgrade your home’s security doors with a latch guard.
  6. Install a Crimsafe Screen Door with a triple lock.
  7. Install a CCTV surveillance system.
  8. Upgrade your doorbell to a camera doorbell.
  9. Install locks on your garage or carport roller doors.
  10. Ensure your windows can be locked.
  11. Store keys discreetly and out of site (even when inside your house).
  12. Add an Energex Padlock to your metre box.
  13. Install a fire-resistant safe

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 unauthorised entry.

4. 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. 

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 unauthorised 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 metre box is crucial, as it can prevent unauthorised 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.

View our range of safes

Home break ins have been increasing in recent years: so it’s more important than ever to secure your home

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.

Our discussion on Channel 9 News (as a home security specialist)

A short while ago, we sat down with a team from Channel 9 News to discuss increases in home break-ins and what it means for Australian homeowners.

Our home security experts make it easy to secure your home 

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, or any other home security ideas on how to secure your home, you can significantly reduce the risk of burglaries, unauthorised access, and potential harm to your loved ones.

Remember, investing in security measures today can secure your home, assets, family, and 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.

Want to learn more about SCEC Endorsed Locksmiths and Locks? View our blog on the topic here.