The safety of your home should not be an ambiguous issue to you or your family. Something as simple as updating the locks on your doors or installing exterior lighting to shadowy areas around your home can greatly decrease the likelihood of a break-in. To improve the safety of your home and family, consider these three changes you can easily make today.
Your Home’s Locks
The first step in protecting your home should always start with your front door. A reliable deadbolt is always a good option, as some standard door locks can easily be broken into or tampered with. Not only are deadbolts an affordable home security option but they are also easy to install and highly effective. If you have more than one entryway, make sure that all of them are secured with a sturdy deadbolt.
Keyless entry alarm systems are also a great option for securing the entry to your home. While standard door locks and deadbolts make it harder for an intruder to enter your home, keys can easily be copied or passed to those that shouldn’t have them. When you valet your car, have it tuned up or accidentally leave your keys at the office, you’re giving anyone who comes across them the opportunity to access your home.
With a keyless entry system, you no longer have to deal with the dilemma of unknown copies of keys floating around, or worry about whether you locked the door behind you on the way out. Keyless entry alarm systems can also be enabled wirelessly to interact with your home alarm system, and programmed to sound the alarm when tampered with. Some keyless entry alarm systems can also be remotely controlled through your smartphone or mobile device, making it easy to track who enters or exits your home and when, and to lock or unlock your doors from afar.
Your Home’s Exterior
In addition to your entryways, the exterior to your home is also an important area to secure. Intruders will be drawn to homes with dark entryways and shady corners where they can hide from cameras or neighbors. To prevent this, homeowners should focus on lighting the exterior of their home well by installing motion-activated lights and making sure there are no obstacles that would obscure a neighbor’s view of your front door .
It’s also a good idea to invest in an outdoor security camera, as this can not only be a major deterrent to an intruder, but also be a significant help in catching him or her after an attempted break in.
A Home Alarm System
While lighting your home’s exterior and effective deadbolt locks are definitely affordable home security options, they can only go so far. Keyless entry systems and wireless surveillance cameras are their most effective when connected to a central home alarm system, which is the best way to protect your home from intruders and ensure that your belongings and your family are safe.
Home alarm systems can either be wired directly to your phone line, wirelessly connected to sensors, or both. Wired systems will contact your monitoring system through your landline, while wireless systems work like a cell phone and contact your monitoring service with cellular technology. Both of these options help put your mind at ease and provide a 24/7/365 blanket of security around your home, your belongings and your loved ones.
Having an alarm system in your home also takes the burden of security out of your hands, giving the comfort of knowing that your alarm system will sound and your monitoring company will be contacted in the event of any emergency. Wireless alarm systems can also be set up to send out mobile alerts and messages, alerting you when your system has been triggered or when there may be an intruder on your property.
Your security cameras, outdoor lighting and keyless entry systems can be connected to your alarm system to add another layer of security to their utility. Without an alarm system, surveillance cameras will have to monitored by you, and no one will be alerted if you don’t notice something out of the ordinary on the cameras, or if you miss a wireless surveillance camera’s mobile notification -some can act like motion sensors that alert you when they have been triggered. With a monitored alarm system, you can control your outdoor lighting, cameras and door locks, and be assured that the safety of your home is in good hands.
A basic home alarm system will include a control panel and door sensors that will trigger whenever your doors are opened or closed. You can also add window sensors if you have windows that are on the ground floor or could be easily accessed by an intruder.
Besides these open/close sensors, however, there are a number of other features that can integrate with your home alarm system to ensure that your home is safe both inside and out. Motion sensors can be installed around your entryways or within your home to alert you when someone or something is moving around your home. Carbon monoxide, humidity, heat, cold and flood sensors can also be integrated with your system to monitor the health of your home and ensure that your loved ones will be safe from environmental hazards.
There are a number of affordable home security options, but, ultimately, a home alarm system will provide the greatest protection and can be easily integrated with features like outdoor sensors, lighting, cameras, and door locks to add that extra layer of security to your home and to prevent potential break-ins.