How comfortable are you with the security of your home? Have you ever considered the fact that you may be setting yourself up for a potential break-in? Whether homeowners realize it or not, they often set themselves up for failure in home security matters simply by neglecting the little things. It does not really matter if you live in a quiet little town or a large metropolitan area; there is always the possibility that others could make themselves unwanted “guests” in your home. So what are some ways to “amp up” the security of your home? Here are just a few simple, inexpensive ways to be more secure.
Watch the Shrubbery
The fact that intruders want to stay out of view is not much of a surprise. Because of this desire, having large shrubbery near the front of your home, or anywhere near any part of your home, is a bad idea. A person can easily run to this area and wait for the perfect moment to make a move. This is not to say you cannot have a nicely-landscaped yard, complete with trees and shrubs, but keep them far enough away from your house, so as to not enable individuals to break in easily and get away with it.
Outdoor Sensory Lights
This is perhaps one of the best things you can do for the security of your home that is relatively inexpensive. You should install sensory lights near each door of your home, as well as any other place that is generally dark. Also install sensory lights in places that are hard to see by neighbors or people driving by. Sensory lights easily let you (and those around) know that something is going on that probably shouldn’t be. As mentioned earlier, one of the worst things for an intruder is the possibility of being seen. So “shed some light” on the situation before it can enter your home.
Switch Up Your Routine
Those with the agenda of breaking into your home are usually not dumb. They generally don’t want to go into a blind situation, so they will watch your home for several days before making a move. This means the individual sees your daily routine and knows when you usually leave and return home each day. Because humans are creatures of habit, this can make a homeowner an easy target. Therefore, it is a good idea to change up your routine every once in awhile. Leave and come home and different times, if at all possible, and invite others over at different times, so as to keep the potential intruder uneasy. This sends the message that your home may not be an easy target after all.
In addition, don’t create habits that easily tell someone who has watched you that you are gone. An example of this is habitually turning on your porch lights when you leave but leaving them off when you are home. This easily tips the intruder off as to whether or not it is a good time to strike.
Make It Look Like Someone’s Home
Whether or not you are home, you will want to make it look like you are. One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply keeping a few lights on in your home. You can even set up timers on your lights to have them turn on and off at a certain time, which definitely makes it look like there is action in the home. You may also want to keep the radio or television on, so it appears that someone is inside. If you have the latest home automation technology, you can monitor your home and control your electronics while you're away.
Keep Your Nice Things Out of View
This may be a hard one for many. The idea of “keeping up with the Joneses” makes individuals want to flaunt their expensive toys and nice things. However, this is a horrible idea, as it makes someone an easy target for a home break-in. If you just purchased a nice car, you should keep it in a garage. If you have a large plasma TV, don’t have it positioned in the window with the blinds open for all the world to see. While this might be good on the ego, it’s certainly not good for the security of your home.
About the Author:
Rick Delgado is a freelance tech writer and regular contributor to Vivint.