When assessing the level of security you need to protect your home, there’s a huge range of options to choose from. Here are some of the factors to consider before deciding on the best home security system for you.
Unsurprisingly, burglars tend to choose single-family detached properties in areas where they’re unlikely to be seen by neighbors or passers-by. In this case, you should pay additional attention to adding some psychological barriers, such as fences and gates, which provide the first layer of deterrence. In addition, smart, motion-sensitive surveillance and floodlights, well-advertised on signs at the border of your property, can be enough to convince potential intruders that the risk is too great.
Detached homes are especially attractive to intruders because they typically have multiple potential entry points. While your front door may be strong and secure, a back door, conveniently hidden from the street, could be easier to force. The connecting door between a garage and the main home is another favorite target.
It can be very worthwhile to consult a security expert to carry out a risk assessment on your property and advise on the system which will best protect your home.
On the other hand, with only a single entry point, apartment dwellers may only need an effective door monitoring and alarm system, ideally with smart locks.
To some extent, the location of your home will determine the level of risk and therefore the level of security that’s appropriate. Check the level of burglaries in your area by checking local crime reports or on sites such as Area Vibes and Family Watchdog.
Obviously, thieves want to steal as many items of high value as they can, in the shortest possible time. Homes in affluent neighborhoods, perhaps with expensive cars parked in the drive, are highly attractive. Consider installing a hidden safe to store your cash, jewelry and other valuables.
When thieves spot a home with students or teenagers, they may become attracted to the prospect of finding plenty of the latest technology and gadgets, which are easily removed. When you add up how much these items would cost to replace, it may be worth installing an alarm or camera in the rooms where they’re kept.
Thieves can also enter your home ‘virtually’. Your home security plan should incorporate ways to ensure your valuable data cannot be hacked and stolen. Anti-virus products from major players such as Norton and McAfee are available for a couple of dollars per week and can incorporate a VPN to hide your information from potential attackers.
Other types of security
If you want to provide comprehensive protection for your home and family, smart systems can go beyond burglar alarms. They can also integrate with lighting and heating systems, as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Smart systems also offer a two-way talk feature, so that, in case of a problem at home, no matter where you are, you can communicate with kids, or elderly parents and ensure they’re safe.