It is estimated that a residential break-in happens every 90 seconds in Canada. That means that during those 10 minutes of scrolling through your phone or even reading this post, approximately 7 houses will have been burglarized. Crazy, isn’t it? Now, there’s no need to lose sleep over this… however, every homeowner should take the necessary preventative steps to reduce their odds of being affected by crime. Here are some simple tips to increase your overall home security and deter burglars from entering your home.
The best defense is a good offense! A simple, yet effective method is to illuminate the shadowed parts of your home and access points with motion-activated lights, such as these wireless LED security lights by MR BEAMS. These security lights attach anywhere in minutes, with no wiring required and have 400 sq. ft. of light coverage.
Another great way to deter burglars from targeting your home is to record their every move. However, with so many different kinds of home security cameras in the market, deciding which one to install in your home can be a daunting task. In simple terms, you will need an indoor and/or outdoor security camera with night vision and face recognition features. The Netatmo cameras have the ability to send the names of the people it sees directly to your smartphone and can store your videos for free, locally or on the cloud, on any device. You can even be notified when your children are home or when it recognizes a stranger – spying made easy!
A home alarm system is one of the top ways to protect your home. The Smanos alarm system connects wirelessly via your existing WiFi network and can be controlled with your iOS or Android decide. It features a loud alarm and sends push notifications to your smartphone in the event of an intrusion. The thief breaking in while you’re away may be clever, but this easy to install and no monthly fee system is much smarter!
The goal here is make it appear as if your home is occupied at all times. Electronic timers are the perfect way to maintain normal light patterns when you’re away. Having your lights on or off at all times, with no variation may be a surefire clue that you’re not home and make your home a target. Similar types of timers can also be used to turn radios or televisions on and off and open/close curtains and drapes.
Simple tasks such as locking your doors every time you go out and even while you’re home are often taken lightly and make it that much easier to invite unwanted guests into your home. Burglars get into your home via the door or a window, so having a visibly sturdy lock is the first step towards home security. Visit your local Home Hardware expert, as they would be happy to recommend the strongest locks for your home. They will have a wide variety ranging from sturdy deadbolt locks, to smartcode locks and even Bluetooth enabled padlocks.
If you’re going to be away for a longer period of time, first things first, don’t advertise this! You never know who could be monitoring your social media or even spreading it via word-of-mouth. If you will be away, ask a neighbor to grab your mail instead of stopping delivery completely and cut your lawn or shovel your driveway, if need be. You can even ask your neighbor to place a bag of their trash at the end of your curb on trash day. Career burglars will keep an eye on your home to learn habits and intrude if those habits suddenly change. So, you’ve got to think like a burglar and always be one step ahead of them!
Burglary is one of the easiest crimes to prevent, but is also one of the most common due to negligence. A break-in can have severe impact on you and your family’s sense of safety and peace of mind. Follow the steps above and you’ll be living in a crime proofed home in no time!