Many home owners understand the risk of criminals breaking into their home, threatening their family and stealing their valuables. This in turn causes them to invest in home security systems to lower this risk and bolster their home security.
Unfortunately, many home owners consider a small alarm system or CCTV system as the only line of defence they require to keep their family safe. While they are a great deterrent for criminals, it’s important to identify other potential vulnerabilities in your home and look to rectify any shortfalls.
Start off the new year right by assessing your home security, identifying any vulnerabilities and putting appropriate systems in place to lower the chance of intrusion.
Home Window and Door Vulnerabilities
The most common way intruders attempt to gain entry to your home is through windows and doors. This is made easier by many home owners often leaving their windows and doors unlocked, practically inviting burglars into their home.
Identifying vulnerabilities and boosting your home security should start at these ‘easy access’ points. While installing security screens and security film on your windows and doors is a great start, it’s important to understand that they may still leave your home vulnerable to intruders.
One of the best ways to bolster the security of your home is by investing in security screens. However, many home owners only install security screens on doors and windows that open, leaving adjacent fixed panels vulnerable. Installing security screens on all windows and openings in your home will block out all natural light and decrease the liveability of your home, not to mention the large price tag. However, there are alternatives.
Security Window Film
One of the most vulnerable entry points for criminals looking to gain entry to your home is through toughened glass sliding doors and window panels. This is because the glass can be easily broken, quickly crumbling into hundreds of small balls of glass allowing intruders to walk straight in.
Security window film is one option to boost the strength of your glass windows and doors, and is extremely effective to deter entry for laminated or float glass windows and doors. However, for toughened glass panels (most commonly seen in sliding doors and sidelight panels), although it will slow down intruders, it will not fully prevent entry they can still break the glass and push the whole film containing broken glass to the floor – which is why you need a further line of defence for toughened glass.
3M Ultraflex bonds the security window film to the toughened glass and the frame, making for an extremely strong unit. It requires heavy, sustained and noisy attack to penetrate this combination – most intruders will simply give up and move on to an easier target than run the risk of attracting attention from neighbours.
For more information on how 3M Ultraflex is used to enhance security film on toughened glass, check out our video here.
Better still, not only does 3M offer the amazing 3M Ultra S600 Clear Security film for optimal protection against illegal entry, it also offers 3M Clear Safety and Security film for an entry level film for the budget-conscious, as well as 3 different variants of TINTED security film, so that the film will not only prevent unauthorised access, it will also keep your home cooler in summer and reduce the load on your air conditioning.
Security System Vulnerabilities
To increase the security of their homes, more and more home owners are looking to install security systems to help deter and prevent intrusions.
Security Alarm Systems
Security alarms will activate when someone has breached your home perimeter. While this may frighten intruders, unfortunately, they only activate once intruders have already gained entry. This gives criminals enough time to steal easily accessible belongings before fleeing.
While security alarms are a great deterrent, it’s important that you don’t see it as the only line of defence your home requires. Look to implement security measures that prevent entry to your home and access to your belongings – then compliment it with home security alarm systems.
Installing a CCTV system both internally and externally throughout your home is a great visual deterrent. It’s also very helpful in identifying the criminals involved following the break-in. However, it can be quite hard to cover all areas of your home with CCTV cameras due to the large cost involved and multiple blind spots.
If you currently have a CCTV system set up at your home, record yourself walking around your home and analyse the footage to identify any blind spots. This will allow you to either install more cameras or shift the positioning of current cameras to boost the security of your home.
Vulnerabilities Around Your Home
To ward off intruders and make it harder for them to approach your home, you need to identify possible security vulnerabilities around the exterior of your home. This is especially important if your home is adjacent to a walkway or backs onto a busy street. Two of the most common security vulnerabilities around the exterior of your home is poor lighting and unkept gardens.
If you have poor lighting around the exterior of your home, intruders will find it much easier to gain entry unnoticed. One way to ward off potential burglars is to install sensor lights around the perimeter of your home. Once an intruder gets too close, the lights will turn on shining a light on them and alerting neighbours and passer-by’s.
Gardens can often obscure your view of the area around your home, especially if they are poorly maintained. This gives intruders more opportunity to approach your home unseen. Trim back plants, hedges and trees in your home to give your neighbours and your family a better opportunity to spot potential burglars.
If you want some more home security tips or are looking to improve the security of your home with 3M Security Window Film, contact the specialised team at Complete Film Solutions today on 1300 237 657.