Your house is your home, your fortress of safety. It s a place where you keep your most important belongings: your checkbooks, your jewelry, your heirlooms, your important documents and, most importantly, your family. This makes the security of your house extremely important.


There are simple things you can do to secure your house: lock your doors, lock your windows, keep lights on when you are away, for instance. But, there are also more extensive things you can do, things that are sure to leave you, and your house, feeling a little bit safer.


Get a Dog: To amp up your security, you don t have to get a dog that looks scary or even one that is large. It s not the size of the dog that typically scares away would be robbers, it s their bark. Any pet owner will probably tell you that dogs tend to bark at everything, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. While this can sometimes get annoying, it s also a highly effective way to keep burglars at bay. An assailant is much more likely to burglarize a house where they can work in peace and quiet than a house with a four legged warning system.


Get a Wrought Iron Door: When it comes to security, it doesn't take a math genius to know that two door are better than one. Installing a wrought iron door in your house, whether it s in the front, back, or side of your house, is a great way to add more sanctuary to your home. A simple wrought iron door gives burglars another obstacle to overcome, and another reason to leave your house alone.


Get a Burglar Alarm: Yes, a burglar alarm may seem so 1980's but security never goes out of style. Not only do burglar alarms secure your house when you are away, such as on vacation, but they also keep you safe when you are home. Just telling others that they are there, such as with a sticker in your front door window or a sign on your front lawn, is a great deterrent.


Get a Door Viewer: A door viewer, or peephole as they are sometimes called, in your front door is an important addition to you house, particularly if you have children. By installing a door viewer, you, and your kids, are able to see who is at the front door before opening it. If a door viewer isn t your style, a wrought iron door, one that remains locked while you talk to your visitors, can also help keep unwanted people from entering your living room.


Replace What is Broken: One of the most common reasons people are burglarized and assaulted is because of things that are broken and not fixed. Time after time, assailants are able to enter a house through a broken window or door that no longer locks. Do yourself and your family a favor and don t wait to fix things: fix them immediately and sleep sound at night.