Visiting your cabin has to be one of the world’s greatest joys. You definitely want to make sure that it is secure and safe as possible so that you can feel comfortable both while you’re there and while you’re away.
Read ahead to find out some effective and handy ways to keep your cabin protected all year long.
Secure Your Doors
The most obvious point of entry into your cabin will be the doors, so this is the first place to improve. You would be surprised how much difference a few simple adjustments can make.
- Shore up the door. You want to make sure that your door is strong and can’t be easily damaged. That might mean replacing thin glass panels with reinforced glass or using a wooden or metal latch system on the inside that spans the entire door.
- Don’t hide your keys outside. Make sure you aren’t leaving your keys anywhere accessible to the general public – even if you think they are hidden. Use a code-protected lockbox for spare keys instead.
- Check the striker plate. Make sure you have a striker plate securely fastened into place, otherwise, your deadbolt could be knocked out with a well-placed kick.
- Use a flip lock. A traditional deadbolt can be easily accessed through a broken window, so consider a flip-action door lock instead. These are much more difficult to be manipulated from the outside.
Secure Your Windows
Once you’ve secured your doors, the windows are the next place to make a few changes.
You can install additional locks to improve security and attach small dowels to the window frame that stop the window from opening wide enough for someone to crawl through.
You should also ensure that the foliage around your windows and doors doesn’t provide a place to hide. Keep the area trimmed so that you can see out and neighbors can see the area around your entry points clearly.
Don’t Let It Look Empty
One of the biggest threats to the security of your cabin is when an intruder believes it’s empty – so make it look lived-in as much as possible.
Have some indoor lights and/or electronics like radios or TVs set to timers. Also, hire somebody to make sure the place is tidy, and the yard is well-maintained even when you aren’t around.
Home Security Devices
Of course, many home security devices can be picked up for a very small price, and they don’t take much time to set up either.
- Cameras. Remotely accessible cameras are incredibly easy to get your hands on and very simple to set up. You can use webcams or trail cams as cheaper options, and they can be motion-activated or set to record at all times.
- Lights. Motion-activated lights can be enough to deter a potential intruder, particularly if they are clearly visible to your neighbors.
Home Security System DIY Installation
Although they can be a little pricey, there are a number of robust and effective home security systems on the market that are easy to install yourself.
The process of security system installation will be different depending on what system you choose to go for, but it usually follows a few straightforward steps.
- Install the security panel connected to a mains power supply.
- Place the sensors, detectors, cameras, and/or lights around the home – particularly targeting possible entry points.
- Test the system to ensure it is running smoothly.