Home burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States. This number is alarming and worthy of taking action. Because of increasing technology, there are varying options available to homeowners that can increase security in and around their homes in an effort to avoid burglars. If you have ever been a victim of a home burglary or know someone who has, you know how intrusive it is and how violated your feel. Take action NOW to protect your home from burglars.
Below Are Some Options for Consideration When Protecting Your Home from Burglars, but Not Limited to:
DIY Home Security Systems
If you are technologically savvy, a do-it-yourself home security system may be the right choice in securing your home from burglars. Certainly, it is less expensive than a professional home security system and you can custom select which security measures you want to install. More and more people are finding ways to custom build their protection through their own Wi-Fi both inside and outside of their homes. From in-home automation such as installing timers on lights to outside alarm systems and security cameras, you can secure protection. The biggest recommendation is to make sure everything works and syncs together; otherwise you may run into some issues.
Professional Home Security Systems
Perhaps being tech-savvy isn’t one of your best qualities. If not, there are options through professional home security systems. The positives about going through a full-service security system company is that you don’t have to install it, monitor it, or sync it…. BUT you will have to pay for in-home installation, monthly fees, and for the equipment costs. You may want to do your homework on companies that offer this and find the one that fits your particular home needs and concerns. Most companies offer a large selection of home security options and you can ask for a quote with the options you need most. Keep in mind that whether you go with a DIY or professional home security system, you should stay in the habit of using it.
Keyless entry systems are becoming more popular than ever for homeowners and offer perks that can help deter burglars. In the past you probably have hidden that key under your mat when you needed to let workers come into your home while you were away. However, workers could potentially get a key made and later enter into your home and steal your valuables. For safety advantages, a keyless entry system only allows those people who know the access code. If you do have workers coming, you can set a temporary pass code that will allow for entry and then can be changed. Furthermore, it can track who is coming and going into your home.
Today, having cameras and motion sensors installed can help to deter burglars and make you feel safe. Knowing there are an extra set of eyes watching will give you peace of mind. Also, doorbells now have the capacity to capture people (via camera) approaching the entrances to your home. With the touch of your smart phone, you can see who is approaching or at your door.
Motion Sensor Lighting
Sufficient lighting around your home is key to minimizing the risks of burglars. Installing motion sensor lighting around the entrances to your home (front door, back door, and driveway) can “spotlight” anybody who comes onto your property. Keep in mind that burglars want to do their work in the dark, so nobody can see them. Once that light turns on, chances are the unwanted trespasser will leave your property.
Some Other Useful Tips to Protect Your Home
- Keep your doors and windows locked
- If you are out of town, cut off your mail and newspaper delivery
- Ask your neighbors to keep a watch for unusual activity
- Don’t advertise your vacations on social media
- Keep valuables out of sight
- Keep shrubs and landscaping trimmed so burglars can’t hide
There is no way to completely prevent burglary; however, if you follow these suggested tips you can minimize the risks of falling victim to a burglary. Keep in mind that with specific home monitoring systems, you may be eligible for an Alabama homeowners discount. It is recommended you contact us at Burkett & Associates for further information or whether you may be eligible for a discount. If you have any other questions or would like to discuss additional ways you can protect your home and valuables from burglars, contact us at 256-704-7400.