For any residential real estate owner, safety and security are very important. As a result, it only makes sense to consider these features during the homebuying process. To keep your family safer, learn about some of the things you should look for in a home you plan to purchase.  

1. Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting is a key element of a safe home, as too many dark areas leave ample opportunity for an intruder to hide without being detected. While you can install additional lighting once you purchase a home, the more lights that are already installed, the lower your out-of-pocket costs. Looking for homes with lights installed around all exterior doors and at least one light post in the front yard is a good place to begin. 

2. Window Locks

Go around and check the function of each window in the home. Particularly when it comes to older or painted windows, the lock on the window can start to malfunction due to wear or a poor painting application can cause the lock to stick. If the lock on the window doesn't work — the house won't be secue. So, if the window locks don't work, it's something you want to address with the seller right away before you consider moving forward with a purchase.

3. Landscaping

Look at the existing landscaping around the exterior entry doors of the property. Again, you can change the landscaping once you own the home, but it will cost money, and if it's something like a large tree or bush, it might be a challenge to remove. Tall growths are similar to poor lighting in that they provide good coverage for a home intruder. A home with a flowerbed or small plants installed around the door presents a lower security risk.

4. Neighborhood

By far, one of the most important security elements to consider when buying a home is the neighborhood. If there is a history of break-ins in the neighborhood, there is a significant chance that your home will also be a target. You should also find out if the neighborhood has a watch association or homeowners association that provides additional security. Fortunately, if you work with a real estate agent, he or she will provide you with all this information. 

If security is a top priority of yours, don't hesitate to let your agent know. Your agent will work hard to help you find a home with all the features you want, including added security.