As the nights begin to draw in and daylight shortens, thoughts can naturally turn to improving your home security.
Luckily, there are quite a few excellent products on the market today that offer fast and convenient ways to beef up your home security this year.
So, if you are interested in adding a little extra protection to your home, then why not consider:
Installing Window Vibration Alarms
These are great little things that add an extra level of security cheaply and quickly – which is a great combination!
Basically, these alarms are small, white plastic boxes that have an opening for speakers on one side, and an adhesive suction cup on the other. Widely available over the internet and amazingly cheap, they simply attach to the inside of any opening window. When activated, which is as simple as flicking a small switch, they will let you know if someone tries to force open the window from the outside.
The loud, shrill tone they emit will quickly drive off any burglar. The windows are of course something of a weak spot in any home, so anything that quickly and easily improves their security is easy to recommend.
Upgrade External Lights
Another excellent, simple way to add extra protection to your home it to ensure that the outside is well lit – especially around doors and other entrances like French Windows.
Burglars will always look for houses that present the least risk. To this end, a well-lit house is going to prove a deterrent, as they will likely feel vulnerable to being spotted entering or exiting.
Fit lights with motion sensors if you don’t want your house to be bathed in light all night long. This will have the added bonus of alerting you to any prowlers outside when they inadvertently activate the lights.
Installing a CCTV system, whilst not cheap, still remains one of the best ways to protect your home.
The prescience of the cameras themselves – especially if well-advertised with window and fence stickers – is one of the best deterrents out there. They are also excellent at providing the type of evidence required to secure convictions should the worst ever happen.
That being said, they do have one weakness, which is that by and large they are quite a passive type of deterrent. You can solve that however by installing a CCTV system that also incorporates –
So where above we refer to the passiveness of the deterrent of CCTV, this is really its biggest weakness. Once installed, it’s there and recording – and that’s all it really can do.
Yes, as we mentioned, the recording can be excellent in providing evidence but that is after the fact. If you want proactive protection, then you could consider combining your CCTV system with remote monitoring.
There are a couple of options here. One it to take care of the monitoring yourself, which usually consists of CCTV cameras equipped with motion control. When tripped, they will activate an app on your phone and bring up a live feed.
The negative of this of course is that you become a slave to your phone, constantly having to pull it out to check every time an errant squirrel trips the motion detector.
On the other hand, it is possible to outsource this monitoring to a security company. Instead of alerting you, it will alert them and they will investigate – and contact both you and the police should they feel the situation requires it.
There is a monthly fee involved– but you are essentially paying for constant monitoring of the outside of your home and the peace of mind that comes with.
Whichever option you choose, you will undoubtedly be increasing the security of your home, and sleeping just a bit easier.
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