Your family’s safety is of the utmost importance to you. Too many times you hear about home invasions and how families just like you lost all of their possessions or even worse, their lives. The good news is that there are many ways to beef up security and protect your home and loved ones from potential harm, without turning your home into the neighborhood eyesore.
It wasn’t too long ago that surveillance cameras were big bulky boxes that were very heavy. They took up a large amount of space and create an awful looking presence. The low-grade quality of the images also didn’t allow you to positively identify whoever ventured onto your property. Today, with advancements in technology, home security systems like ADT monitoring packages are high tech and fully operational without the need for an unsightly presence. The cameras transmit high-definition images and are sleek and lightweight. These security systems not only give you a clear image, but they also have dozens of other important functions to protect you. They can detect the presence of moisture or heat, and they have alarms that you can activate to let you know when children arrive home. Many can also let you know when a door is opened and allow you to raise or lower the air conditioning and heat. And best of all, these home security systems are wireless so there’s no need for drilling holes, opening walls, or wires to deal with.
When your home is wide open, it makes it easy for anyone to case your home and get in quickly. By adding a fence you create a strong border. There are many types to choose from, including wood, plastic, steel and wrought iron. Fences not only work as a deterrent, making it more work than most would-be home invaders want, but also create a beautiful manicured look that can help to improve your home’s resale value. Just make sure that if you decide to put up a fence that you keep it lower to the ground and that the spacing is closer together between the rails. This will help to offer privacy and prevent criminals from getting a good look at your home.
Getting a dog
Most people get a dog to serve as a loyal companion. Dogs offer unconditional love and provide you with the best of both worlds. Larger breeds, like Labradors, can provide you with unconditional love and alert you when someone who’s not welcome tries to get inside your home. They also have a large presence and a deep bark. While they don’t use it often, when they do, it acts as a deterrent. Many burglars actually prefer to deal with an alarm system versus a dog for obvious reasons, an alarm isn’t going to inflict physical harm. Dogs are also wonderful for tending to children in your absence, like when you’re on your way home from work, remaining loyally at their side. Just make sure that you acquire a breed that suits your needs. If you have children, steer away from the aggressive breeds. On the other hand, if you live alone, a Rottweiler or a pit bull can make wonderful companions and an excellent watch dog.
Moving everything away from the home perimeter
There are many improvements that you can make that cost little or no money to reduce the risk for a home invasion. First, remove and trim shrubs, tree limbs and debris from the foundation. Store away ladders and other tools that someone may use to safely gain entry into your home. Add dummy signs on the front lawn that state you have a guard dog or a home security system or both. Also, replace faulty locks on doors and windows.
You can keep you and your family safe without the need for a sloppy mess that depreciates your home’s value. Put up a fence, install a wireless home security system or get a dog. Any or all of them will help to give you peace of mind.