Everyone deserves to feel safe when they’re at home and to know that their property is safe even when they can’t be on it. Whether you’re a new homeowner aiming to set up your first home security system, or you want to upgrade a system you’ve had for years, there are many options for what you can do to make your home safer.
Don’t Assume Your Home is Safe
The first, and most important thing you can do, is to stop assuming that your property is safe. Although it may feel secure, it only takes a couple of minutes for someone to break in and shake that view to its core.
You should want to feel safe though, and the best way to do that is to plan carefully and implement some small steps to allow your property to be secure. You can have a safe home. Of course, you want one that you don’t have to worry about if you’re away for the weekend or home alone at night; it just takes some work.
Keep Entrances Well Lit and Clear of Plants
An important first step is to ensure that your entrances are all well-lit and cleared away. Light on your entrance ensures that intruders will quickly be in a spotlight if they try to enter, and a clear pathway to your home will keep you safe from people hiding in shrubberies or bushes while they try to gain entrance.
This will also allow you to see your front entrance from the street when you pull into your driveway, which will, in turn, enable you to enter your home without the fear of someone waiting to jump you.
Avoid Decoy Protection Systems
Decoys are a false solution that many homeowners use when they’re trying to save money. Unfortunately, many intruders and career burglars know these tricks and learn how to spot a fake camera or a false security system on a front lawn. This means you could be putting yourself at risk by increasing your chance of an aggravated break-in that knows you don’t have any real security system.
Look for a System that Works For You
You must seek out a functional home security system with all of the items you need to feel secure. Whether that’s a working camera system, motion detectors when you’re out of the home, or a trigger that turns on all of the lights in the house when someone is in the home and shouldn’t be: consider what you want and seek it out.
Talk With Your Neighbors and Community
It’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors and the surrounding community about security while you’re making these changes. Don’t tell them every precaution you’ve taken, most break-ins happen by people who know the victim, but you should try to form a neighborhood watch so everybody knows everybody and can keep an eye out for them.
It can take some time to build a system that has everything you need, but it’s important to take the first steps early so that you can eventually reach that point.