These days you can never be too safe—even in your own home. According to an FBI report, property crime is more common than violent crimes in the U.S., with burglary and larceny/theft being the most common property crimes.
So what can you do about this? Naturally, your first instinct is to secure your home with best practices and routines, but don’t settle. You can take home protection to the next level with today’s technology.
Lights and Cameras on The Doors/Doorbells
Before breaking into properties, burglars ring the doorbell or knock to check if anyone is home. However, you don’t need to answer to scare them away with motion-activated light and camera security system.
Even when you’re not home, the security system will light up, making it look like someone’s there. This device can also learn your lighting schedule, so you don’t have to worry about turning on the lights at night or when you’re not home.
A light and camera security system is affordable and comes with many different features. Depending on the model, some common features are:
- Camera connected to the cloud so you can save a recording and access it remotely
- An embedded microphone to detect the doorbells, so it can automatically turn on lights at the sound of the buzzer
Gone are the days when you have to hide your keys under a rock. Using a passcode eliminates the chance of your house keys falling into unwanted hands.
A smart lock allows you to know who is entering your house at what time. Some models have a feature where you can assign a passcode for different people. Once they’ve put in the code, you will be alerted via a phone notification or an email.
However, a smart lock isn’t only limited to your front door. You can also use this technology in rooms filled with valuables. That way you can rest easy knowing that both the interior and exterior of your home are protected.
If you’re planning on going out of town for a couple of days, leaving a light on might not be as effective as you think. It is a clear indication that no one is home when a single light is left on for a couple of days.
Instead, opt to use indoor lights that turn on and off at random intervals. Randomly putting on a light in different rooms will make it seem like someone is home and going on about their business.
Just like a traditional padlock, the siren padlock keeps your valuables secure. The difference is that it can be unlocked with a single touch if your Bluetooth-enabled device is within range.
If someone tries to tamper with it, the padlock will alarm with a loud siren and you will be alerted. More often than not, the thief will flee at the sound of the alarm since they don’t want to be caught.
Because of the extra layer of security they provide, siren padlocks are becoming more popular around the world. They’re a simple way of increasing home protection, and they’re relatively inexpensive.
Barking Dog Alarm
A number of criminal studies revealed that dogs are an effective deterrent to burglary. Unfortunately, not everyone can own one because of various reasons like:
- Cost in buying and maintenance
- Having no time to take care of them
- Having allergies
- Not being allowed by landlords
The next best thing for this is using a barking dog alarm. These alarms have motion sensors attached to them so they go off at the first sign of suspicious activity.
Without a doubt, security cameras are the most commonly utilized for home protection. And since being invented, this gadget has gone a long way. The video quality has significantly improved, the design has become more inconspicuous, and the footage can be live-streamed remotely.
However, all these great features are for nothing if there are blind spots in your security system. Luckily, there are ways to avoid blind spots.
One way to find bling spots is to have someone approach your home from the front door, all the windows, and other entrances. While they do this, closely watch your camera’s feed.
From there, plan, strategize, and adjust your angles accordingly. You can choose a wide-angle camera as well for optimal coverage.
Choose The Right One For Your Home
There are several types of gadgets available in the market, so take the time to plan and strategize which ones work for you.