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How to secure your home?


Home security is a major concern for everyone. What measures can you put in place to protect your home? Here are some key things to consider in order to strengthen the security of your home.

Burglaries are unfortunately a reality: nearly a third of French people have already been the victim of a burglary or an attempted break-in (source A2P Kantar).

How to guard against it?

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Burglar-proof door

50% of burglars go through the front door.

It is your home's first line of defense.

Also, it is advisable to opt for a burglar-proof door to prevent burglars from forcing entry.

These doors, made from resistant materials such as steel, are equipped with high quality locks, with:

  • a security barrel

  • a number of pins at least equal to six,

  • and drill protection.

Armored doors are more expensive than conventional doors: count between 1300€ and 4000€ installation included.

But they provide resistance to opening for at least 5 minutes, a deterrent period for burglars.

Finally, consider installing motion-sensor lighting near the front door to deter thieves from breaking into it at night or risk being seen by your neighbours.

Quality locks

Investing in quality locks can prevent burglars from breaking into doors and windows.

Choose locks certified by recognized security standards for maximum protection against picking, picking and drilling.

There are different lock options to reinforce the locking system of your door:

  • The 5-point lock

    can be installed on all entrance doors (PVC, wooden or aluminum door) and prevents unhinging (between 60€ and 850€).

  • The automatic lock with 4 mushroom rollers

    delays break-ins (between €70 and €100).

  • The bit

    or double bit lock which prevents sawing and resists drilling (between 60€ and 400€).

  • The lock with electric pull strike

    , which automatically locks the door when it is switched off (from 150€ to 430€).

Quality locks can be installed by a professional or you can install them yourself if you are a keen DIYer.

Unbreakable window

Windows are another common entry point for burglars (more than 20% enter your home through a window or bay window).

Reinforcing PVC or aluminum window units and installing shatterproof windows are two effective options for enhancing the security of your home.

Made from materials such as tempered glass, shatterproof windows are knock and impact resistant.

Although they are more expensive than standard windows, they provide increased security for your home and can also have other benefits, such as better sound and thermal insulation.

For burglar-proof laminated glass glazing, plan a budget between €115 and €250 per square meter with the cost of installation between €150 and €500 depending on the type of window.

Roller shutters

Roller shutters provide an extra barrier for your secure windows.

They are difficult to break into from the outside, making burglars less likely to attempt to break into your home.

You can equip them with blockers that prevent the roller shutters from being lifted from the outside, an anti-pinch lock or an alarm.

Roller shutters can be installed by a professional or you can install them yourself if you have DIY skills.

Be sure to choose shutters with the Volet Roulant Sécurisé (VRS) label.

As for the price, it varies according to the motor, the quality of the shutter and the security options chosen: count around 750 to 900 € per meter.


Alarm systems are an effective way to protect your home.

They can be equipped with motion sensors, glass break detectors and security cameras for maximum protection.

The alarm is usually connected to a 24 hour monitoring service.

Thus, during an intrusion attempt, the agents of the surveillance center are notified immediately.

They are able to analyze the causes of the alarm thanks to the photos and videos received, and notify the police or the emergency services.

The price varies according to the alarm model:

  • The wired alarm

    costs between 200€ and sometimes more than 2000€.

  • The wireless alarm

    costs between 700€ and 3500€.

  • The alarm with IP camera

    costs between 500€ and 3000€.

  • The alarm integrated into a home automation solution

    costs between €800 and €4,000.

  • The GSM



    alarm costs between 600€ and 4000€.

  • The alarm with remote monitoring service

    costs around €200 per installation, plus a monthly subscription of between €20 and €500 per month, depending on the company and the options chosen.

The costs of installing an alarm are around 200-300€.


In case the burglar manages to break into your home, having a safe to store your valuables such as jewelry, cash, and important documents is a good option.

The second advantage is that a safe is secure, very solid storage, which will resist both water damage and fire, and will protect the precious goods it contains from damage.

Safes are available in a wide variety of sizes and security levels:

  • Built-in safe

    is easily concealed, behind a painting, a cupboard or a trompe-l'oeil (between 50€ and 1500€).

  • Free-standing safe

    finds its place in a closed piece of furniture or fixed to the floor (about 50€).

  • Fireproof safe

    designed to withstand high temperatures and flames in the event of a fire (between €50 and €1,500).

  • Safe with an electronic locking system

    (between 50€ and 1500€).

  • Or

    biometric safe

    which uses biometric recognition, such as fingerprint or facial recognition to open and close the safe (between 50€ and 1500€).

Your choice will depend on your needs, the value and size of the property to be protected and your use.

Be aware that only a locksmith is authorized to carry out an efficient installation of a built-in safe considered as a locksmith device.


Installing security cameras visible from the outside is a good deterrent against burglars.

Surveillance cameras can be placed inside or outside your home.

You can also opt for remote monitoring via a mobile application or a computer.

You will find smart cameras on the market with different options:

  • motion detection and automatic mobile alerts;

  • night vision ;

  • vertical and horizontal rotation;

  • recording in case of intrusion;

  • where you can listen and talk remotely;

When purchasing, consider several criteria: image quality, camera range, night quality, connectivity, image storage options, etc.

On the budget side, plan an envelope of between €50 and €350 depending on the options.

Security cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance for your home.

Securing your home is essential for your peace of mind and the protection of your belongings.

By investing in some or a combination of these devices, you can enhance your home security and deter burglars from entering your home.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-24

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