Temperatures are rising, snow is melting, and green buds are sprouting to mark the start of spring. Though many homeowners recognize the new season as an opportunity to renovate and clean their homes, few recognize spring as a chance to give their homes a complete security makeover. You’ve invested a great deal of time, money, and energy into your home, so it’s important to keep it protected – inside and out.

Here are a few simple tips to improve the overall security of your home this spring:

Install a Home Security System

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to install or update your home security system. In addition to the peace-of-mind an electronic security alarm or video surveillance system provides in ensuring your home is monitored at all times, it can also alert you and your family to fires, carbon monoxide poising, intruders, and other emergency situations – whether you’re home or thousands of miles away. According to Simon Hakim & Erwin Blackstone’s book “Securing Home and Business,” homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. This shows that the presence of an alarm system itself is enough to protect your home from break-ins, theft, and vandalism in most cases.

Make Home Security Signs Noticeable

Now that your home security system has been installed or updated make sure its presence is well known! Place any signs or stickers received with your home security system near all external points of entry – even the back yard. Statistics show that the presence of a home security system can deter residential burglars from targeting your home.

Increase Exterior Lighting

Though break-ins can occur at any time of day, most intruders use the cloak of night to enter a home undetected. Place motion sensor lights near all entry points to secure your home and send potential intruders running scared.

Improve Lock Systems

In 2010, over 60% of burglaries involved forced entry (breaking doors, lock picking, etc.) while another 33.2% involved unlawful entries (opening unlocked windows, using spare keys, etc.) The best way to secure your home from these occurrences is by improving the lock systems on all doors and windows.

Add deadbolts and electronic keyless locks to all exterior doors to prevent forced entry, maintain the condition of all window locks and replace if necessary, and change locks if you’ve lost your keys.

With these tips you can now get started on your spring security makeover and give your family the peace-of-mind of a safe and protected home.