During this time of year, homeowners and potential buyers should explore the options available in making their properties safe and secure. The good news is, there are a variety of security systems now readily available at relatively low costs, with easy installation and monitoring capabilities.
One of the most popular types of home security features is the connected security camera, giving owners the ability to look at live footage of their home from anywhere with internet access or Wi-Fi, according to the National Association of Realtors. Entire networks of these cameras can be set up around a home at a relatively low cost, and can also function as a high-tech baby monitor
for new parents.
Ways to stay connected
Home security systems are now designed to pair with smartphones, tablets and computers giving homeowners real-time information, based on networks of motion sensors as well as door and window sensors, sending alerts to homeowners when alarms are tripped. Some services will also automatically contact the police or other emergency personnel in the event of a break-in or fire triggering smoke detectors.
Doesn’t have to be high-tech
Of course, for homeowners who want to go beyond the benefits of smart home security devices, looking to low-tech solutions can be a good idea too, according to Reader’s Digest. Something as simple as getting rid of the mail slot on a front door, and asking neighbors to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity can go a long way towards ensuring a home isn’t subjected to a break-in. In the event that a family goes on vacation, it’s also a good idea to make sure all the doors and windows to a home are locked – including those on the second floor.
Homeowners, who take pleasure in gardening, may wish to take that extra step in planting large, thorny bushes which can deter thieves from breaking through ground floor windows. It’s also advised to never stack items – such as firewood or lawn care equipment – which could enable burglars, should they choose to enter by way of a higher window.
Experts recommend homeowners install lawn signs or window decals that say they’re protected by home security companies – even if they aren’t – to ward off would-be thieves.
In general, common sense is often the best tool any homeowner has to keep their properties safe. Simply being smart about keeping doors or windows locked and keeping close tabs on their keys is often the best first defense against any sort of break-in.