Basics of Home Security - What to Do to Prevent Burglary

While burglaries are not completely preventable, several steps can be taken to reduce your risk of a home invasion. Read on to find out more about ensuring that your home is safe from unwanted guests.

Ensure That Your Front Door Is Secure

Nearly 1/3 of all break-ins occur at a home’s front door, making it essential that you ensure that your home’s main entrance is secure. Invest in a solid deadbolt lock that is pick-resistant, and consider illuminating your home at night by putting your entry light on a timer. A video-monitoring doorbell is an inconspicuous tool that provides you with a way to see who is at your door without putting yourself in danger, while a door sensor will send an alert when the door is opened.

Secure First-Floor Windows

Another common point of entry for potential intruders is the windows on your home’s ground level. Sash locks are necessary for all windows, but windows that can easily be reached require another level of protection. A wireless alarm system can alert you whenever a window is opened or broken and may scare off potential burglars.

Prevent Basement Break-ins

Homes that have basements may be especially vulnerable to a break-in. Potential intruders know that basements are often unoccupied, especially at night, making them an easy way to enter a home undetected. Consider installing floodlights and a motion detector to deter burglars, and invest in solid locks and glass break detectors to ensure that you are alerted and can take action in the event that an intruder has come into your home.

Don’t Forget the Second Floor

While many homeowners are diligent in making sure that the doors and windows of the first floor of their home are secure, they may be a little more lax when it comes to higher points of entrance. Some may even leave windows on their second floor open at night or when they are gone, assuming that an intruder would not have the resources to enter the home. However, a committed burglar will take advantage of any point of entrance. For this reason, sash locks, glass break detectors, and window sensors are just as necessary on high windows as they are on windows that are more easily accessible.


Ensuring that your home is secure against unwanted intruders can be a daunting task. A resourceful burglar may find points of entry that have never occurred to you, or they may find a way around any measures have taken to secure your home. At Vivint, we have a staff of home security experts who will work with you to ensure that your home is as safe and secure as possible. We offer a range of home security packages and equipment, ensuring that we can create for you a solution that will meet your needs and budget.

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