The security of a home is always of paramount interest to any home owner. Burglaries and invasions are on the rise and anyone who has ever had their home broken into will tell you that it is a definite violation of their peace and privacy. As a home owner it is up to you to get proactive on the safety of your home. Here are some simple suggestions that you can take to easily improve the safety and security of your home and loved ones.Start with the simple things. Have a quick look around your home, are there any areas that you feel are vulnerable? Good areas to check are older windows and doors. Make sure the locking mechanisms are working properly, this is especially important on old windows. If any of these are not secure enough for your peace of mind, then maybe its time to replace them. Another good idea is to take a look at your home from the front, at night. Notice areas that are unlit? A brightly lit yard is a big deterrent to thieves. If your home has no shadowy areas, they will likely move on to one that does.One of the best things you can do to improve security is to have an alarm system installed in your home. Most new homes are now pre-wired for security systems, but one can be installed in any home for a decent price. Not only does this add an extra level of safety, but the visible presence of alarm company stickers in the windows and lawn signs are a visible deterrent to criminals. Statistics show that homes that display these items have a significantly lower rate of break ins. These systems are even more valuable if you are away from your home for long periods of time, as companies will usually offer a key-holding service as well as dispatch of security personnel in case the alarm is triggered. One great thing about having a monitored security system is the fact that merely having one in the home reduced the amount of your insurance premiums.You can never be too careful with the security of your home. After all, the most important things in your life are there, heirlooms, and your family. Improving the security of your home does not take a long time, just a little effort and some thought. It’s worth it, isn’t it?