Burglaries are all too often an unfortunate reality for homeowners and renters. Most break-ins can be prevented through basic upgrades to your security system.
Home security systems typically consist of three primary components: a touchscreen control panel, door/window sensors, and cameras – with cameras being especially beneficial to renters as they can monitor their homes with an app on their phone.
Upgrade Your Locks
No matter if you are installing or upgrading your current home security system, or looking to add smart locks for added convenience and security. Finding a reputable provider with options like smart lock technology that adds convenience such as remote locking/unlocking may also help. Depending on the system type you select, other features could even offer security camera footage which helps authorities track down burglars. Door locks not only provide security, but also add style and function to every home. Door locks also add value, so selecting the most suitable ones for your needs is key to finding peace of mind that your family is secure within the walls of your house. Upgrading the locks on your property may also help improve its security if a break-in has taken place or there is an increased incidence of crime in your area – changing them with more secure ones will prevent unauthorized entry while giving you peace of mind knowing your family are protected inside.
Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to further increase your home security, alerting you immediately in the event of fire or CO leakage in order to save lives and property from danger. You can purchase these devices individually or as part of a complete home security system.
Many homeowners install home security systems to safeguard their families and belongings. A security system typically includes a monitoring station to contact authorities in case of break-in or other emergency, however this cannot act as the sole source of safety – other measures must also be implemented such as creating a home inventory, keeping valuables locked away securely in a vault or safe, notifying authorities immediately if you become victim of crime, maintaining serial numbers for electronics/computers/technology and having sufficient homeowners/renters insurance coverage for your household.
Be sure to educate the entire household on your home security system so they all play an active role in safeguarding the house and belongings, such as teaching your kids how to lock the door and arm the alarm every time they leave the house. Assign each individual an individual role when securing the home. If your children leave alone without locking and arming their alarm system before going outside.
Install Security Systems
Home security systems offer homeowners and renters alike a way to feel safer in their own homes. From deterring crime, protecting pets or older family members from potential harm to monitoring carbon monoxide alerts or water level changes and even remote lighting control – home security systems offer numerous ways for residents and renters to feel more protected in their environments.
Security systems typically consist of three elements: an alarm that activates when motion detectors detect movement in the house; a control panel used to arm and disarm the system; and various sensors located throughout the home such as door/window sensors, motion detectors, smoke detectors, home monitoring cameras or doorbell cameras. A home security system may either be wired or wireless depending on its design; most modern home security systems connect directly to internet connections for seamless monitoring.
Professional installation of home security systems is often the preferred choice, meaning a technician comes out to install all of the equipment. There are also DIY options on the market which can easily be bought and set up by homeowners or renters themselves. When selecting a system it is essential to understand both professional installation options as well as DIY options in order to select which will best meet your individual needs.
Some home security systems can also be programmed to notify emergency services if a medical emergency arises, using special sensors that can be activated with an emergency pull, such as for someone suffering a heart attack or stroke. They may also offer medical alert pendants with 2-way talk features that call 911 while simultaneously communicating with response teams through two-way conversations through their control panels and pendants.
Another important consideration in selecting a home security system is cost. While many companies charge monthly subscription fees for their service, it is crucial that you carefully examine all costs associated with purchasing such a system – installation/activation fees as well as equipment purchases are all factored in. It can also help to read online reviews before settling on one to buy.
Reinforce Your Doors and Windows
Burglars often target homes that have weak entry points as one of their first targets of entry. Many homeowners make themselves susceptible to burglars by failing to invest in door and window reinforcements; by taking just a few simple steps to upgrade and strengthen these entryways, homeowners can significantly enhance the security of their home.
Reinforcing doors begins by strengthening both their locks and frames. If homeowners upgrade to deadbolt locks and strengthen their frames, the chances of their home being broken into significantly decreases. Securing windows with laminate or tempered glass further reduces vulnerability.
Even the strongest doors can be compromised by kickback or pry open attempts. A quick solution would be to switch out the screws that hold the lock latch with longer ones; this will make it harder for thieves to kick through, while simultaneously making it more challenging to remove hinge pins from its frame and detach it from its frame.
Installing a strike plate can also bolster a door’s security by preventing thieves from breaking in by splitting its frame and entering in through any openings in it. While this step may go unnoticed, it can significantly strengthen a door and prevent attempted forced entries.
Although burglars will typically break in through the front door, they also attempt to gain entry through side and rear doors. To thwart their attempts at entry through these avenues, residents can install doors with windows high up on the surface – these will still let light in but will make it more difficult for an intruder to gain entry.
Prioritizing security is of utmost importance for homeowners looking to ensure the wellbeing of their loved ones. By making easy and cost-effective upgrades in their home, residents can ensure their loved ones remain safe at all times.
Alarm systems, deadbolts and security cameras often top homeowners’ lists for home protection; however, many often neglect simple defensive landscaping techniques as a form of defense. According to an article published by Salt Lake City Tribune, landscaping can have an enormous impact on whether burglars target your home. Burglars assess properties using landscaping features as indicators to determine whether breaking in would be worthwhile; employing defensive landscaping strategies doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated to reduce their attractiveness to potential thieves.
Assuring Your Yard Is Visible
Criminals often gain entry to homes by hiding behind dense and overgrown bushes or trees. Overgrown foliage obscures windows and doors, giving criminals cover while they observe opportunities to gain entrance. Regular trimming of your bushes and trees will prevent these hiding spots from becoming vulnerable targets and ensure neighbors can see who comes and goes from your property.
Make Your Home Defensive with Defensive Plants
Want to combine form with function? Plant what landscape designers call defensive plants around your home. These thorny shrubs like roses and holly serve as powerful deterrents against criminals trying to break in, as well as discouraging burglars from climbing over fences or bushes and gain entry.
Low-Voltage Pathway Lighting
Illuminate your driveway, sidewalks and entry paths to deter criminals by increasing their likelihood of being seen. Installing low-voltage pathway lights activated by motion sensors is an inexpensive and effective way to increase property visibility at night and dissuade intruders from trespassing on your property. For further insight into how landscaping can contribute to security in your home, speak to local landscapers for advice; many companies can install lights activated automatically by your security system for enhanced protection.
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