Protecting one’s home, family, and belongings is a primary concern for most homeowners. However, installing a fancy alarm system can sometimes be costly. How can you increase the security of your home without breaking the bank? Here are some simple tips:
Automatic lights – Putting smart lightbulbs in street-facing lamps or setting lamp timers is a great way to create the illusion that someone is home. Click here for smart light bulbs and here for lamp timers.
Outdoor lights – Exterior lights, especially ones with motion sensors, increase home security. When the lights detect movement, they will turn on, hopefully deterring any intruders and alerting you that something may be awry outside. View motion-detecting exterior lights here.
Smart locks – It’s possible that intruders aren’t breaking in, but rather taking advantage of an unlocked door. Smart locks that are remotely accessible or lock when a door is closed can prevent your doors from being inadvertently left unlocked. View smart locks here.
Video doorbells – Doorbells that record movement around the home entrance have become a staple in home security. Most video doorbells are accessible through a smartphone app and have two-way talk features. To see the top video doorbells, click here.
Window stops – These devices prevent windows from opening more than six inches. You can still provide ventilation for your home without creating enough room for someone to enter. Click here for window stops.
Alarm system – If possible, install an alarm system that will sound if someone breaks into your home. If it is not possible to install an alarm system, the illusion of one can also act as a deterrent. Alarm system signs and fake alarm system boxes on walls can give the impression an alarm system is there, even when it is not functional.
Don’t forget to ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home when you are going to be out of town. They may even be willing to move trash cans and pick up newspapers and mail to make your home appear as if you are there. For more home security tips, click here. To view ways that home security technology has advanced, click here.Tags: Home Safety