16 ways to secure your home

We all have the right to feel safe in our own home, but if a spate of local burglaries or a general sense of your house’s vulnerability is making you feel insecure, it might be time to hit the shops. Check out our 16 ways to reduce the robbery risk factor.

Bunnings magazine, April 2020

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1. Closed case

A security door offers another level of protection for your home, but the type you choose can depend on where you live. An aluminium door is corrosion-resistant (great for coastal areas) and is a visual barrier that may stop most burglars in their tracks. If security is a bigger issue in your area, opt for a solid steel door in a sturdy frame.

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2. Light on

Motion sensor lights guide guests to your door, can scare off anyone who’s up to no good and make you feel more secure in your garden’s dimmest corners. Place at entrances, over dark paths and especially around the garage, which is a prime target for crims.

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3. Ring, ring

A digital doorbell means you’re always home – virtually, anyway – so you never miss a visitor or a delivery. But a doorbell with motion sensor technology, like the Ring, is also a fantastic security feature, alerting you to anyone skulking around the property during daytime – and after dark, thanks to infrared night vision. 

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4. Unwired

If you’re renting or want a quick set up, try a wire-free security camera. Rechargeable battery-operated models are easy to install and move around – there’s no need to call in an electrician – and they’re not affected by power outages.

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5. Open and shut

A large part of boosting your home’s security is about making it a less obvious target. This is where a gate – even a simple non-locking gate – can make a huge difference, especially on a driveway, which is otherwise a wide-open invitation to enter.

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6. Spotted!

For a security camera that goes even further, look for one with an outdoor spotlight. “The Swann spotlight outdoor wifi security camera has both sirens and security lighting to prevent crime before it happens, plus push notifications and the ability to view footage in real time,” says Nick Nigro of Swann.

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7. Now you see me

Smart light globes come into their own as a home security device, especially when you’re away. A product like Philips Hue can mimic your habits, turning lights on and off at certain times of day.

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8. Unlock technology

Modernise your front door with a digital door lock . These can be unlocked with a pin code, fingerprint or smartphone app (or all of these) and can give you absolute control over your front door, from wherever you are in the world.

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9. Old-school security

Less high-tech than a digital door lock, but still incredibly effective, a good deadlock is a must. Even if a window is broken to gain entry, the door can’t be opened without a key.

Watch it: How to install a deadlock 

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10. Crunch time

Potential crims will have a hard time sneaking around cat-quiet if they have to tiptoe over gravel. Opt for this crunchy surface over pavers on paths and especially under windows where they may need to tread.

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11. In chains

Simple security products, like a door chain, can work as an effective deterrent to intruders.

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12. Thorny issue

Another good tip to make window access more difficult for sneaky thieves is a prickly bush. Plant bougainvillea, roses, agaves or anything with spikes or thorns beneath accessible windows.

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13. Safe and sound

For irreplaceable items, such as jewellery or important documents, a safe is a worthwhile investment. Find one that’s water- and fire-resistant too, so you’re covered for all eventualities.

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14. I see you

No window in your front door? Remove the element of unwelcome surprise with a simple door viewer.

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15. Be alarmed

Burglars will often break a window to access a house, but a window alarm can be activated to give you – and anyone nearby – an early warning, sounding the alarm as soon as the window is broken or even opened.

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16. Key issues

Leaving a key under a pot plant is a no-no, so go digital (see point 8) or buy a wall-mounted key safe, in case of emergencies or to allow someone else temporary access to your home. If you’ve run out of spare keys, pop in store for blank keys, accessories and Bunnings’ key cutting service. 

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