The need to protect our homes is a perfectly natural one. As a species, we have a biological instinct to protect the place where our loved ones reside. In today’s world, unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult to do that. Burglars always seem to be a few steps ahead and the cynics among us often say that there is nothing you can do if a burglar decides your house looks attractive.
The good news is that this is not true. Today, more than ever, we have so many home security tools and options at our disposal that no one should feel unsafe, really. Today, we will be talking about all the things that you can do to protect your home and your family, things that have been found the most effective in boosting your home security.
Spend some Money on Locks
Most home security experts will agree that the locks you have on your doors and windows (never forget about windows, especially if you live in a house) are the most essential home security feature. This is perfectly logical since they are the features that prevent home invaders from entering your home.
There are so many types of locks out there that one can almost feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out which are the best. The price is often a good indicator. Locks that are really cheap are not made from high-quality materials and they often lack the strength needed to keep the burglars away. If you are to spend a lot of money on one home security feature, make it your locks.
Smart locks are also becoming a craze as of lately and they definitely do provide some interesting added security. However, it is important to understand that they often lack the structural strength, especially if they are manufactured by companies that do not see home security as their primary field.
Invest in an Alarm System
Another great idea when securing your home is an alarm system. The alarm industry has advanced rapidly in the last decade or so and alarm systems have become stronger than ever before. In addition to this, the prices have dropped and households can now afford solutions that used to be extremely expensive in the past.
Besides becoming cheaper, alarm systems have also become more sensitive and discerning, meaning they will know how to differentiate between a burglar and your pet. This will reduce the chances of false alarms. We talked to people from a company that provides business alarm monitoring services and they informed us that modern alarm systems are also very difficult to disable, enabling you to sleep even tighter at night.
Another great thing about modern alarm systems is that most of them come with apps that enable you to control them using your smartphone or some other mobile device that you carry with you at all times. This will give you added security as you will always be able to check on your system.
Install Motion Sensor Lighting
One of the cheaper but most effective home security features is definitely motion sensor lighting. As the name suggests, these are lights which turn on when the sensors register movement of some kind. They can be installed inside the home, but they are most effective on the outside.
For example, if you have a large backyard with a lot of greenery (trees, shrubs), that same backyard becomes an ally to the burglars. They have a lot of places to hide, especially during the night when it is difficult to notice them in the shadows. Motion sensor lighting makes the shadows disappear and also warns you if there is any movement.
As far as burglars are concerned, this is the worst thing that can happen. They do not wish to be seen and they want to approach your home without being noticed. Motion sensor lights are among their worst enemies and you should definitely invest in some.
In the end, however, the best home security feature will be you and your family. You need to know how to use these security features, you need to understand what you should and should not do. Also, rely on the people in your neighborhood to tell you if there is something suspicious going on around your house. People are your friends. Well, except for the burglars.