Old houses are often charming and can be a great deal if you’re willing to put in the work. But don’t overlook the security vulnerabilities that come with an older home. Otherwise, you could open yourself up to risks such as break-ins, thefts, and squatters.
You can quickly mitigate most of these security risks with a bit of knowledge and the proper precautions, as follows.
Outdated Security Systems and Hardware
Most individuals barely update their computer systems, let alone their home security system. As such, old properties likely have old systems which are worn out or don’t meet current safety standards — if they have any system at all. As a result, you cannot count on such security systems to alarm you when unauthorized persons try to break into your home.
In addition, the locks and other hardware in old homes are often also old and can be easily picked or forced open, which gives burglars easy access to your home.
Therefore, if you purchase an old home, contact a reliable security specialist to upgrade the system and install new, high-quality locks. The expert will also be able to recommend other security measures based on the specific vulnerabilities of your property.
Also, although security cameras were once a luxury, they are now relatively inexpensive and easy to install. But many old homes don’t have cameras, which leaves homeowners vulnerable to break-ins and theft. So install security cameras to deter criminals and give yourself peace of mind.
Poorly Maintained Yards
An old, untended yard is the perfect hiding place for burglars and squatters. Tall grass, overgrown shrubs, and broken fences provide ample cover for anyone looking to break into your home undetected.
Trim your hedges regularly and fix any broken fencing or gates to avoid this security risk. You should also install motion-sensor lights around your property to deter intruders. Let a security expert install quality locks on the gates too.
Many old houses date back before the widespread use of electricity, which means the properties often have inadequate lighting. The darkness makes it difficult to see outside your home at night. Furthermore, the dark spots create a perfect hideout for criminals to approach your property undetected.
Install additional lighting around your property, especially near entry points. Motion-sensor lights are a great option as they will only turn on when someone is nearby, saving you money on your energy bill.
Worn Out Garage Doors
Old garage doors may seem aesthetically pleasing, but they can be a security nightmare. The wood can rot, the metal can rust, and the door can become warped, making it easy for burglars to break in.
Furthermore, the door lock may be old and easy to pick, or the door opener may use an outdated code that burglars can easily guess. Therefore, ensure that a professional inspects the garage door before you move into the old home and replace the door and locks where.
Unreliable Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are criminals’ most common entry points, and old doors and windows can be weak and quickly forced open. Ensure these areas of your home are secure.
To fortify your home, install new locks on all doors and windows. Also, install a security system with sensors that will trigger an alarm if someone unexpectedly opens a door or window.
Buying an old home can be a great way to get more for your money. But watch out for the security risks that come with older properties. You can keep your home safe and secure with the above simple precautions.
At DuPage Security Solutions, Inc., we understand the unique security needs of older homes. Our team of experts will assess your property and recommend the best security measures to keep your home and family safe. Contact us or visit our showroom for a consultation.