Home Security 101: How to Protect Your Family

26 March 2021

Have you just had your first newborn? Or did you just build a new house? If so, you’re probably considering how you can bolster your home security.

Astonishingly, around 20% of Australian homes have been burgled at some stage so home security should be a focus for all Australian homeowners.

Security within your home should be viewed with a multi level approach. By combining physical security with electronic security you will minimise your chances of becoming one of the 20%.

Here are several practical measures that you can take to help protect your home and family -

Security Doors / Screens

Within Australia, approximately 50% of intruders attempt to break into a home via either a door or window.

A strong and durable security door will typically deter most would-be intruders from trying to enter via the front, back or side doors. However, when the security screen does not act as a deterrent, it will certainly make it significantly more difficult for the intruder to break in.

Firsty, make sure that the door not only meets, but exceeds Australian standards. Furthermore, it’s imperative that you engage an experienced and authorised supplier and installer that has a current police clearance.

Window Roller Shutters

If a would-be intruder is unable to enter through your doors, they will often next look to your windows.

Unfortunately, windows provide very little security and in most cases can be broken with a simple rock or sharp tool, allowing intruders to enter your home within seconds.

Window shutters add a significantly extra level of security to your home windows, and houses with shutters are far less likely to be targeted by intruders.

In addition to bolstering your home security, roller shutters can also- 

  • Reduce noise from outside sources
  • Keep your house cooler in Summer and warmer in Winter - reducing your energy costs
  • Allow you to control the amount of light that enters your home

Window Tinting

Burglars are known to case properties before trying to break in. Window tinting provides a barrier allowing you to see out, without would-be intruders being able to see into your home.

Furthermore, window tinting helps to -

  • Insulate your home and reduce energy costs
  • Protect your furniture for fading
  • Stop over 99% of UV light

Alarm Systems

In the unfortunate circumstance that a burglar does manage to break into your home, an alarm system will be your most effective deterrent.

These days, alarm systems do more than just making a lot of noise. They can also - 

  • Allow movement in designated areas
  • Include smoke detectors which are synced with strobes and sirens
  • Come with a panic button which can be carried anywhere throughout your home
  • Include pet sensors to reduce false alarms when pets are left inside
  • Be controlled by your smartphone
  • Allow notifications to yourself or a monitoring station

In addition to being a deterrent, a triggered alarm system will often force the intruder to leave your home either immediately, or more quickly than they otherwise would. This reduces the risk of theft or damage to your property.

CCTV Camera Systems

The last item on your home security 101 checklist should be a CCTV camera system.

Although a home CCTV camera system will not prevent intruders from entering your home, it can act as a significant deterrent to would-be intruders.

By ensuring that you cameras are visible and accompanied by stickers on your windows and doors, you will maximise your home security.

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By ticking as many of these boxes as possible, you should significantly increase your home security and deter would-be intruders from even attempting to break into your home.

With so many home security companies to choose from, it’s important to select a supplier and installer with extensive experience, a police clearance and a solid reputation.

KNA Security in Perth are a family owned and operated company with 30+ years experience and a WA police clearance. They supply and install all aspects of home security and their reputation is second to none. Schedule an obligation-free consultation to discuss your home security options.