Sad as it might be to admit, we live in a pretty dangerous world; a world whose dangers are not limited to those found in distant, war torn countries, but also full of those we’re likely to find in our very own neighbourhoods.
While it might be impossible to guarantee absolute safety within your home, the term “home security” is by no means a misnomer; there are very real steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood that you’ll fall victim to a burglary or home invasion – steps that will make ne’er-do-wells think twice about targeting your home.
Home Security: No Longer a Luxury Exclusive to Society’s Elite
Everybody’s got something worth safeguarding; whether that’s an irreplaceable family heirloom, or your family themselves, it’s difficult to put a price of safety. Unfortunately, cost has historically been an inhibitor for the average Joe to invest in a home security system. As the industry continues to grow and with it, the number of home security solutions available, price is no longer the hurdle it once was.
- DIY Systems Are Great, But Don’t Discount Professionally Installed Systems
Ask around, and one of the primary benefits you’ll hear most often from those that invested in a DIY solution over a fully-installed system will be price – but that may not be entirely accurate. At face value, DIY systems may appear to be the cheapest option, but consider this – many installers offer deep discounts on the installation of a security system provided you commit to central station monitoring. While this does come with a monthly cost, think of the opportunity cost you’ll have to pay to vigilantly monitor your property when you’re not there. A central monitoring package on the other hand ensures that someone is monitoring your property 24-7, so you can go about your life.
- Focus Your Efforts On the Ground Floor
It’s no secret that the lion’s share of home invasions occur through first floor entry points. That being said, you’ll want to make sure all your ground floor doors and windows are being monitored. If cameras aren’t an option, you’d do well to install motion sensors that can trigger an alarm if the field is broken. Motion sensors are a great addition to a home’s security system because their sensitivity can be adjusted and they don’t necessary require your windows to be closed in order to be functional.
- If You’re Purchasing a DIY Product, Consider the Cost of Upgrades Down the Line
If you own a DIY security system, how amenable is it to future additions? Specifically, does your current provider have (or is planning to have) a respectable breadth of products, or is it compatible with another manufacturers? The point is, you don’t want to hamstring your future home security plans by investing in a system that isn’t capable of growing with your needs.
- Think Outside the Box
Some products, like automated window coverings offer home security as a secondary benefit. Though not specifically marketed as a home security product, many such window treatments can be open and closed from a remote location using a mobile app. This allows you to create the appearance that someone is present in your home when in fact it’s empty. Unlike similar devices that work off of a timer, potential burglars won’t be able to recognize a pattern if you’re able to open and close your motorized solar shades at will.
- Make Sure You Get Cameras That Work Under a Variety of Lighting Conditions
Don’t be fooled by a store’s display of a camera’s performance. Most break-ins occur in low-light environments so a sharp, colour camera that looks great on the sales floor might not perform how you need it to in the middle of the night. Consider a product that also offers infrared functionality so that the system remains viable when you need it most.
- Camera Placement: Know Your Light Sources
Plan out where you’ll be mounting your cameras around your property. A general rule of thumb is to avoid placing it where light sources could impede your equipment from functioning to its full potential.
When it comes to home security, the only wrong answer is failing to take home security seriously. Whether you go for a DIY solution or a comprehensive, full-service system, the important thing is getting the equipment you need to help you protect your property in place.