A guest post by Rose Cabrera of Top Security Review.
A large number of burglaries happen between 10 am and 3 pm. Most of the time, burglars target homes that are clearly unoccupied. If you frequently leave your house either to work or go on vacation, then burglar proofing your home should be top priority.
To get started, here are 5 effective ways you can keep burglars off of your property.
1. Invest in smart lights.
Smart lights can make you look like you’re home even though, in reality, you’re actually enjoying a good weekend out of town. You can control these lights using your smartphone or just program them to automatically turn on once it starts to get dark. Aside from acting as burglar deterrents, smart lights can also help you cut your electricity bill.
2. Find a good security system.
Without a security system, your home becomes 2.7 times more favorable to burglars. To avoid falling prey, make sure to find a system that’s easy to install and can respond to your security needs fast. There are DIY systems, such as Protect America Home Security, that can be linked with a monitoring plan fit for your preference.
If plans are out of the equation, then you can consider buying a self-monitored system. It can be as equally effective as a professionally monitored system but without a monitoring station to alert you or dispatch immediate help when needed.
3. Add a surveillance camera.
Security cameras can greatly improve your home security. As a matter of fact, burglars tend to shy away from homes with cameras installed in fear of risking their identities. You can find a handful of security system companies that offer cameras as add-ons. They even offer real-time alerts to make sure you get notified of every event at home.
Having a camera connected to your security system can also provide a way to detect burglars. Your camera’s recordings can be used as visual evidences in case you decide to take legal actions. Because of this, it’s wise to invest in a high-quality camera.
4. Fortify your doors.
Around 34% of burglars use the front door to gain access to their target homes. Most of the time, regular door locks can’t keep them out. In strengthening your door, it’s best to add deadbolt locks. These locks help improve your door’s resistance against lock picking and forced entry.
Other than deadbolts, smart locks are also great to have at home. They are connected to your smartphone which means you have control over them wherever you are. They also limit the risks associated with duplicate and lost keys.
5. Reinforce your windows.
Your windows are one of your home’s weakest points. To make sure they’re strong enough to withstand strong pressure, you can try adding security films. They can help prevent burglars from creating an opening they could use to unlock your window or your door. Aside from security, these films can also increase your family’s safety during hurricanes and even strong typhoons.
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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.