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Creating a Safe and Secure Home

Creating a Safe and Secure Home

December 1, 2023
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Safety and security is a fundamental human need, and fortunately, there are many things you can do to create a safe and secure home. By taking steps like installing a security system, installing impact windows, securing your perimeter with a gate and so on, you can make your home more secure and safer for the people who live there.

Install a Security System

A security system can alert you to dangers so you can take action. Intruders, fires and even stray animals that wander onto your property can all be detected with a home security system.

When you’re installing a security system, the first big decision to make is whether to install a professional security system or a DIY smart system. Both are very common and there are many options available.

Professional security systems are the preferred option for homeowners who want to “set it and forget it,” while DIY systems can be more affordable over time. Do your research before deciding which type of system is right for you. Knowing the experiences that your neighbors and friends have had with each option can give you an idea of what’s right for you.

Once you’ve decided whether to DIY your home security system or install a professional system, it’s still important to shop around and choose the right system for your home. If you decide to DIY your security system, read customer reviews and compare features as well as prices. If you’re installing a professional security system, compare contracts before signing up.

Know your goals. Many professional systems will call the fire department or police under certain circumstances. Many DIY kits will allow you to look in on parts of your home through security cameras at any time, and some DIY kits allow for automated door unlocking and other controls that connect to your smartphone. Knowing what’s important to you and what can be most helpful to you can make shopping easier.

Upgrade to Impact Windows and Doors

While a home security system can help you monitor the conditions at home, installing high-performance impact windows and doors can keep your home secure in other ways. Impact windows and doors, for example, can protect your home from impacts during strong storms.

Whether you live on the coast or farther inland, storms with high winds can lead to flying debris that can shatter windows and compromise doors. Impact windows and doors are designed to withstand these conditions, keeping your home safer when the weather outside is bad. High performance impact windows and doors are also hard to break into, and can help keep your home safe from intruders as well as natural events.

Secure the Perimeter With a Fence Or Gate

Installing a fence or a gate can help secure your home’s perimeter, which can help keep unwanted animals and people out, while keeping your pets and kids in. Fences can be stylish as well as functional. If it’s important to you to have a fence that’s strong and attractive, consider an aluminum fence painted white or black. Aluminum doesn’t rust and can add a sense of sophistication to your property while also establishing a safe perimeter as well.

Install a Doorbell Camera

A doorbell camera is a smart device that can be integrated into a home security system or installed as a standalone product. Doorbell cameras allow the users to see who is at the door. Many also provide the ability for some two-way communication, meaning you can talk to the person at the door and they can respond.

Get Rid of Landscape Hiding Places

Landscaping can make your property much more attractive, but some landscaping can also provide hiding places for intruders to scope out your home and find ways to break in. By installing landscaping that is small and well-pruned, you can stop intruders from finding these hiding places. Specifically, it’s best if larger shrubs are kept away from your house, especially away from your doors and windows.

Invest In Home Automation

When you leave your home, your home becomes vulnerable. If you invest in home automation, your home can appear occupied even when you’re not there. There are many smart products you can use to make your home look more occupied, including:

  • Smart lights that can turn on and off according to a schedule, or with the push of a button on your smartphone.
  • Smart blinds that are programmed to open and close at specific times of day.

Install Proper Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting is good for curb appeal as well as your home’s value. In addition, landscape lighting is also good for keeping your home safe. Landscape lighting can make it harder for intruders to sneak onto your property or lurk near your door.

Landscape lighting also makes your home safer by preventing slip and fall accidents when it’s dark outside. There are many different types of landscape lighting, so you’ll have to choose the lighting that serves your function the best. Garden lighting can light the path around your property, but you may need stronger overhead lighting to deter unwanted people on your property. Work with a landscape artist to make this happen professionally and in the most attractive way possible.

Use Modern Innovations to Keep Your Home Safe

There are many innovative products available on the market that can be used to keep your home safe. From impact resistant windows to motion activated doorbell cameras, there are a range of products available on the market to keep your home safe. Knowing your goals and shopping around can help you find the best products to keep your home secure.