Home Security Ideas

Your home security system is only going to be as strong as its weakness. If you set up equipment that is too difficult for you to use, they are likely to ignore the equipment or try to work around it. The people that live with you are going to be part of any security arrangements that you make for your home, so need to consider how much they will be able to handle on their own, especially when dealing with technology and equipment that they are unfamiliar with.

A key point in improving your security is ensuring that your home always appears to be occupied. Thieves are less likely to try to break into your home when it looks like there are people already present there. A hint that you may be out of town can be seen if your mail or newspapers are piling up outside. You shouldn’t allow them to accumulate in the front because it will be obvious that no one is home. You should also ensure that the interior and exterior lights are on. When the lights are on inside, it creates the illusion that someone is home. You can set up a timer so that this happens on a regular basis and keeps with your usual schedule.

Sometimes leaving your car in the driveway or in the garage can be a way to keep thieves away. If you are going on a trip and you don’t plan on leaving your car at home, then you might want to ask your next door neighbor to park one of their cars in your driveway while you are gone. This will create the illusion that someone is always at your home.

Doors should have deadbolts and peepholes so that you can be careful about who you allow to come inside. The deadbolts will prevent thieves from being able to break in too easily, while the peephole will allow you to check out who is standing at the door. It can be very risky to open the door without having a peephole, because clearly people aren’t always who they claim to be or they may be holding a weapon when they are at your door. Having well lit entrances is also a good idea because it prevents the risk of someone hiding out near the entrance to ambush you; it also makes it easier for you to see who is at the door when you are looking through the peephole.

Having perimeter defenses can be an ideal option. This would make it more difficult for intruders to be able to get near your home. You could use a fence with a gate. Some gates have technology that allows you to open and close them while you are still inside your home from the touch of a button or even by typing in a code. Of course, there are some issues with old fashioned fences and gates, but some of the newer models can be a great choice for protecting your family and your property.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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