Do you have a front porch? If so, it’s important to make sure that it is well-protected. Your front porch is the entrance of your home. If it appears as though it can be easily breached, burglars are likely to see this as an invitation.
In this blog post, we’ll talk about all the things that need to be considered when choosing or retrofitting security for a porch.
This way you can make your porch safe from break-ins.
Add a porch light
Your porch is where you welcome guests and it’s where you leave valuables such as mail, newspapers, or trash. Make sure that it is well-lit at night and has a way to stop people from snooping around, especially if you have valuables to protect.
Doing this will provide better visibility for guests and deter criminals.
Install a security camera
As a security tool, a surveillance camera can be a real asset. This will help you keep an eye on your property and catch any potential intruders.
While they aren’t foolproof, surveillance cameras do offer peace of mind. They record images, and sometimes audio, of people or activities that occur inside or outside of a structure.
They’re usually connected to a monitor, or recording device so that you can watch the images or listen to the recordings at any time.
Keep plants and flowers trimmed so that there is no hiding place for criminals
Keep your house looking well-kept. Plant flowers and other greenery. It will create a nice atmosphere and draw criminals away from the house. When regularly trimmed, burglars will also have nowhere to hide
Get some plant pots. Plant pots don’t only add a nice decorative element to your front porch. They can also be arranged to trip burglars up on your front porch since they won’t know their way around.
Use decorative lighting to create the illusion of activity even when you’re not home
This one doesn’t quite go on your front porch, but at one of the windows near it.
A fake tv in the window gives burglars the impression that someone is at home watching TV.
Statistically, most burglars prefer to break into homes when there is no one around.
Hang wind chimes or other noisy decorations
These will make it difficult for criminals to sneak around undetected if they touch or bump into them.
Noisemakers like wind chimes and birdcages also prevent criminals from gauging where you are in your home, or if you are home at all since they can’t tell for sure if you’re making the noise or not.
This will also make it easier to hear when an intruder enters since you know the source of the noises on your porch.
Get a dog
Dogs frighten potential burglars. First of all, the barking can alert a neighbor who can call the police. Secondly, dogs bite.
Most burglars don’t think a yard with a dog is worth it and tend to stay away from your porch.
Strengthen Your Front Door Security
If a burglar makes it up to your front porch, your door is the last thing keeping them outside. Make sure you have secure locks that can’t be picked or snapped.
Make sure your door infrastructure is strong as well. There’s no point in having good locks if the door itself is made of weak material, or can come off of its hinges easily.
Speaking of door hardware, we’ll be able to advise you on what are the most secure locks on the market and the types you need to strengthen home security. Call us at 1 305 984 9922.