We spend so much time out in the world where it often feels like danger is everywhere. We should be able to come home and feel secure within the walls of our house. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to feel safe. Try these simple and easy methods of increasing your home security.
1. Install a Security System
Home security systems are a go-to method of securing a home and for good reason. Most home security systems notify authorities when someone breaks in, so you can get help quickly. However, many systems give you the bare minimum.
Instead, consider the ProTec-monitored home security system. We have all you need, including motion detectors, cameras, window and door sensors, glass break detectors, and wireless or voice-activated keypads. In addition, we’ll work with you to review your home’s layout and needs, so you will get a custom security system that gives you exactly what you need.
We even have heat and smoke detectors that are part of the monitored system, so you can get notified when there’s a fire, and first responders will be dispatched in case of an emergency.
2. Securing Your Doors
Quality doorknobs and locks are essential to protecting your home. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, but sometimes they’re just as easy to pick or bust through. Quality locks make it much harder for someone to break in.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on quality locks, though. One thing you can do to increase the security of a lock is to install it with screws that are much longer than the ones that come in the box. Longer screws ensure it is more firmly attached, making it much harder for someone to kick open.
Another option is to consider a keyless lock. Those locks require the entry of a passcode or PIN to unlock. These locks may even offer the ability to set a different code for those who enter your home, allowing you to determine who entered your home if something is missing. You can also change the codes on these locks whenever you like, reducing the expense of needing to buy a new lock or rekey it each time someone loses a key.
3. Having a Well-Lit Landscape
A dark home encourages thieves to attempt a break-in. Because hiding in the shadows is easy, someone hoping to break in and steal your possessions or harm you and your loved ones can go unnoticed until it’s too late. A well-lit yard and house provide fewer dark corners for intruders to hide. If your landscape is lit well, neighbors or people driving by are likelier to notice someone breaking a window or picking a lock.
You can also consider motion-activated lights if a brightly lit yard doesn’t appeal to you. Your yard will remain dark most of the time, but if someone approaches, the lights will shine, alerting you to their presence. Combine motion-activated lights with an outside camera or two, and you can determine if your visitor is a friend or foe without leaving the couch and even when you’re not home.
4. Adding Security Cameras
As we just mentioned, security cameras can allow you to determine whether a visitor is someone you know or a stranger without getting up and going to the door. ProTec has high-quality cameras that offer video monitoring that can be viewed from your phone, no matter where you are. So when you’re at the office or on vacation, you’ll always know what’s happening at home.
Our video monitoring is real-time, meaning what you see is what is happening now. With outdoor and night vision cameras, you can see what’s happening inside and out, day or night. You can look at just one angle at a time or use the multi-view option to simultaneously see what’s happening all over your property.
You can also get system alerts and notifications and record clips of what’s happening. For example, see someone breaking in or doing something else suspicious? Record a clip and save it to show the authorities.
5. Consider Getting a Safe
Your home is your sanctuary. But even within a refuge, sometimes some valuables need some extra protection. A safe can offer the added security you’re looking for. It can hold cash, important documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, and other expensive, irreplaceable items. They come in many sizes, and finding a safe that fits your specific needs is easy.