Easy Ways to Increase Home Security for Phoenix Homeowners

Easy Ways to Increase Home Security for Phoenix Homeowners

Home security is something most of us would like to think we’re extremely aware of. However, it often isn’t at the forefront for Phoenix homeowners—especially during the winter months when we’re finally able to have our doors and windows open in the cooler parts of the day. There are plenty of easy ways to increase home security if you’re willing to make a commitment. We can assume that most of you are. But, it’s easy for most homeowners to focus on the features of their home instead of keeping others out.

In this article, Jeff Hunter, owner of Phoenix-based Rictor Contracting, shares some easy ways to increase home security by answering some of the most frequently asked questions—including ones you maybe haven’t considered asking. Aside from quality construction, there are several issues to consider when it comes to keeping burglars out; at times, the list can feel overwhelming. But keeping your home safe can be simple and attainable by following a few key steps.

Secure Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars in Phoenix and throughout the valley. But it’s not just limited to side, back, or garage doors. Many thieves actually use the front door to gain access to your home through a few tactics, such as:

  • Picking your lock
  • Kicking in the door
  • Finding a hidden spare key

That’s why it’s important to ensure the doors and windows to your home are secure. But how exactly do you do that? Often, it starts with simply inspecting them weekly—or at least monthly. From there, you can determine what steps you need to take to ensure you and your family stay protected.

What types of doors and windows are best for added security?

For doors, Rictor Contracting recommends solid doors with deadbolts. These locks are the best choice for added security, as they can be opened only when the lock cylinder is rotated. Other locks can easily unlatch when force is applied to the door. That’s also why you want a solid door, so burglars can’t break through it as well.

You may also want to consider having security screen doors installed in your home. These are a great added layer of protection year round—but especially this time of year when homeowners love to leave their doors and windows open when they’re home during the day and evening.

When it comes to secure windows, Rictor Contracting suggests casement windows as a better choice than sliding windows. That’s because casement windows can only be opened from the inside, whereas sliding windows can be opened from the inside and the outside.

However, no matter the type of window you have, burglars can still break in by shattering the glass. To protect yourself, have alarms installed on each window. This is especially important for Arizona rooms and outdoor living spaces, which are highly susceptible to these types of break-ins.

When should I replace my doors or windows?

Whether you live in an older home in Phoenix or a new subdivision in the valley, it’s equally important to regularly inspect the integrity and quality of your windows. As your doors and windows age, they become increasingly difficult to operate. This can result in homeowners simply not closing them or locking them all the way. As soon as you notice a window, door, or lock is tough to latch or not functioning correctly, it may be time to repair or replace it. All it takes is one unlocked door or window for a burglar to get in.

When the time comes to replace or repair your doors or windows—or if you’re questioning the quality of your current doors and/or windows—turn to the experts at Rictor Contracting. First, we can perform an inspection of your home to determine the best course of action. From there, we can help with repairs and replacement.

It’s especially important to enlist our help because there are critical steps during the installation process that are easy for others to miss. When that happens, the security of your doors and windows can be compromised. For example, if you purchase a door that’s designed to swing in, but it’s installed as an outswing, it will be much easier for thieves to break in.

Additional Security Tips

Increasing your home’s security can quickly become costly. From security systems to alarms to new doors and windows, it can add up. Luckily, there are additional steps Arizona homeowners can take—without it taking a toll on your wallet.

Installing deadbolts: DIY or leave it to the experts?

There’s no question that deadbolts increase your home’s security, but there is a question of whether homeowners should install these locks themselves. Deadbolt installation isn’t too difficult—but only if you have the right tools. Many home improvement stores in Phoenix and the valley have deadbolt kits you can purchase for a reasonable price. However, if you’re unsure about the installation process, contact Rictor Contracting, and we’ll be happy to help.

What’s the best outdoor lighting?

Because there are a lot of security measures to consider on the inside of your home, it’s easy to forget the exterior. A great, simple way to keep your home secure is to add outdoor lighting to your landscape, like light poles and porch lights. Rictor Contracting also suggests adding motion-activated lighting to certain areas around your home, like the driveway. This is especially important if you have vehicles that aren’t parked in your garage, as they could be a target in addition to your home. It’s much less likely that thieves will hang around when they’re in the spotlight.

What are some other ways to increase home security?

Here are additional steps you can—and should—take to maintain security and peace of mind:

  • Have a plan. Although we don’t want to think about the worst-case scenario, it’s important to be prepared. Have a plan of action in place, just in case.
  • Make the right call. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to reach law enforcement and medical help in the event of an emergency. You can also leave your number with neighbors so they can contact you if something happens while you’re away.
  • Add security signs. Placing security signs in your yard or stickers on your windows is a telltale sign to burglars that your home is alarmed—and that they should stay away.
  • Get a dog. Having a dog is an added security bonus, as they can scare off burglars by barking anytime they attempt to get inside your home.
  • Don’t overshare. Keep your plans off social media and avoid checking into locations. This can tip burglars off and help them determine when you’re away from home.

Your Safety Is Our Priority

At Rictor Contracting, we keep our clients’ security and safety in mind for every project we undertake. In the busy lives we all lead, home security can be taken for granted, so it’s important to remain mindful at all times. Explore our services to see how Rictor Contracting can help you build and maintain a secure home, or simply contact us to learn more.

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