3 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Security
While society has many advantages over the alternative, some members of a society are a different story. You can’t always trust the people around you, and it’s in your best interest to protect yourself from nefarious characters, ideally before you’ve had these fears justified by negative experiences. Here are a few tips to help you fortify your home against intruders.
Install a Security System
Automated security is perhaps the best deterrent and the best countermeasure, all in one neat package. Security systems can be prohibitively expensive for some, but there’s simply no better way to protect yourself and your family than to put your safety in the hands of machines. Automated security can detect breaches into your home and respond with an alarm before altering the authorities. This can be deactivated by the homeowner with a passcode, but there is only a short window in which to enter the code, meaning that burglars can’t take the time to guess the code or otherwise bypass the alarm. Security cameras are also a great touch, although there is an argument to be made that cameras serve to help you recover from an incident, rather than preventing it. However, IoT security cameras provide additional functionality by providing a live feed of your home remotely. These cameras can also provide alerts to your mobile phone when motion is detected, allowing you to investigate the disturbance and act accordingly. This means that you can screen these alerts in order to make sure that it’s an intruder and not your dog before calling the police.
Store Your Valuables
The primary target of potential burglaries if, of course, money. However, modern people don’t often have cash on hand, and there are numerous measures in place to prevent the theft of debit and credit cards. This incentivizes burglars to seek out valuables that can be fenced in exchange for cash, so the best way to protect yourself is to make these valuables inaccessible. For example, you can store your firearms in a gun vault to keep them out of the wrong hands, and on your own in order to deter intruders. You can use a gun vault for more than just guns, however, and you can use spare space to store cash and jewelry, for example. Lockboxes are perhaps a cost effective alternative, but they are also more limited. Even storing valuables in a secret location, such as in a fake power outlet or an unsuspecting drawer, can prevent an intruder from finding your valuables. If nothing else, it can give you the extra time you need to intervene or call the police.
Invest In a Panic Room
Not all intruders are so easily deterred, and a burglary that goes south can threaten your safety. Firearms are one great way to protect yourself, but you can also remove yourself from danger entirely by commissioning the installation of a panic room within your home. A panic room is essentially a miniature bunker in your home. It would allow you and your family to settle into a secure room akin to a vault in the event of a break in, at which point you can wait out the incident and report the crime to police in total safety. Even more so than a security system, a panic room would be exorbitantly costly, meaning that it’s not a realistic security measure for many. However, those that can comfortably afford can ensure that their safety is all but guaranteed. Panic rooms are arguably an extreme solution, but it can be incredibly helpful to remove yourself from a situation entirely, be it in response to violence or just in case.
Protecting yourself and your family is essential. While it can be tempting to consider yourself safe by default, there are any number of reasons that you may be targeted, rich or poor. Using these tips, you can take the necessary steps to prevent your family from being robbed or even harmed.