Burglars, unfortunately, are smart, and they are able to recognize which homes are going to be easier to gain access to than others.
Your job, as a homeowner, is to do everything in your power to attempt to keep your home from falling under this category. To do this effectively, you need to think like a burglar and spend some time and effort considering how they would see your property and in what ways they could see opportunities to break in.
The best way to do that is to lock up your home and leave it the way you usually would when you go out. Then, try to break in. This may include applying severe strength to your doors; otherwise, you will never know how easy it is to pry them apart.
As you are trying to break into your own house, generate a list of the vulnerable points you find and then prioritize making them much stronger against forced entry attempts.
If you are unsure about where to start, here are three ways to beef up your home security system now.
1. Install lights around your home.
The first step to beefing up your home security system is to install lights around the external perimeter. Having a home that is lit up is proven to work as a powerful obstacle to those who are looking to vandalize or burgle, as it is harder to creep around if there are no shadows to hide in.
Having lights installed outside your home and in the garden does not only decrease the chances of someone entering your property, but it can also assist emergency responders and trigger other aspects of your home security system.
For example, you might have your lights set to flash when specific sensors are triggered. Alternatively, you may want them to turn on and off in an irregular pattern too when you are out-of-town to make the home appear occupied.
In other words, the security lighting of your home can be customized to fit your needs and lifestyle.
2. Update your surveillance cameras.
All homeowners who are concerned about their property’s security should have surveillance cameras installed as they are the best way to inspect areas in and around your house visually and can bring a significant amount of peace of mind to everyone residing in the home.
Surveillance cameras can be connected to other smart elements of your life, allowing you to watch your property through your smartphone when you are away from the premises and alerting you if any strange activity is sensed.
Furthermore, the best thing to do is to set up your surveillance camera to automatically transmit the video that is captured to a TV. By doing this, you can go back and view the images in a picture-in-picture format which gives you the opportunity to blow up any of the pictures to full screen for a better look should something happen.
Not only can you zoom in to investigate further, but you can also pan and tilt the view to ensure you see everything the camera captured.
3. Don’t underestimate a simple intercom or more advanced audio system.
One of the simplest ways to protect your home — devising means to ascertain who is knocking at your front door — is also one of the most overlooked security measures by homeowners, which is a shame because it is highly effective.
This month, opt to add or upgrade your intercom to one with a built-in camera so that you also have the opportunity to identify any visitors visually. The benefit of living in 2018 is that you can also install an intercom that can be accessed remotely so that you can speak with visitors even if you aren’t in the house.
Additionally, having an audio system that can broadcast warnings such as “Leave the premises or the police will come!” is a surefire way to scare off any unwanted intruders.
What home security products do you utilize to ensure that your home remains safe? When was the last time you updated your home security systems? What is holding you back from beefing up your set-up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.