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The process of turning a house into a home is a lengthy transition. A house is just a space, but a home is a retreat where you can shut off from the world and feel safe. It’s a place where your family can relax away from the stresses of life. A home is an amazing and unique place.
Having someone break into your home is a nightmare scenario that we all want to avoid. Worst of all, it can shatter the thought that your home is safe. The illusion will disappear, and that’s not a great place for you and your family to be in.
Firstly, lock your door. This may seem inane, but there have been so many times where a criminal has broke into a property, taken items, and valuables, and left unseen (they might even lock your door for you). If you don’t lock your door, you’re leaving the security of your property up to complete chance. That chance? It’s when someone comes to your door and tries to open it. If it opens, the risk has paid off for the criminal at your loss. Lock your door. It’s the simplest step and the best deterrence. Your door lock doesn’t have to be a key, though - biometric scanners utilize both a password and your fingerprint as keys to open the door. This is a great two-way solution to secure your property with technology. There are many other ‘smart locks’ on the market and some of the best even email or text you when someone has entered your property. This allows you not only to keep tabs on your family but could let you know the instant a break-in happens, which is important information for the detectives. If there are other doors on your property that need to be secured, smart padlocks exist which will unlock upon contact with your phone. If charging your new smart lock is an issue, there are solar-powered options available. What’s more, there are also smart doorbells which can link to your phone and allow you to hear, and see, whoever is knocking or lurking outside your front door.
The modern world affords many solutions to home security and chief among them is the ability to have eyes on your property. Not only can webcams transmit feeds to smartphones, but modern CCTV systems can do a better job than ever and broadcast footage remotely. The issue with CCTV systems is that they can have the adverse effect of advertising your property. If you install flashy cameras all over your property, you might let criminals know that you’ve got plenty to offer to them. Wifi connected cameras can act as a hidden option inside your home and catch criminals in the act should the worst happen. Cameras are a great solution, but they need to be used smartly.
Modern alarm systems don’t just create a loud noise to wake everyone in the neighborhood up; they will alert the authorities to a break in the second it happens. Set a system up and keep your home secure. There are plenty of options here, so do your research and choose the best alarm system for your home and family. Obviously, make sure your family has the code to deactivate it! This is helpful for avoiding embarrassing situations.
A simpler solution to deter criminals is a smart switch. Smart electricity switches can automatically turn lamps in your household on. This gives the impression to those outside the household that someone is in the property. Newer smart switches will connect to your phone over the internet and allow you to remotely activate your lamp, or anything else, with your smartphone.
Lighting is a key part of home security and a security light on the exterior of your property can help secure your home. Smart lights use infrared beams to sense intruders and will light up the outside of the property. There are also some internal solutions that can mimic television light and movement in the instance that you and your family are on vacation.
Securing your home is one of the many responsibilities homeowners face, and if it’s neglected, it can end in disaster. The simpler options are perhaps the best, but there is nothing like the feeling of security and the calm that a secure home can bring. Don’t let your home be breached, secure it as soon as possible.
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