It seems like you are always trying to improve your home. Every weekend gets spent on landscaping and maintenance. If you have an HOA, you are even more motivated to keep the house looking neat and clean. However, there is one person that you don’t want to impress. When the burglar decides to drive through the neighborhood, you want to make your home as unappealing to him as possible. Most burglaries are unplanned, so you need to help him decide at first glance. What exactly do they look for in a home? What do you need them to see? Home security systems play a big role in this.
The first thing you want a potential intruder to notice is the obvious. A sign that shows your home security company, stickers on the windows with the company logo, and of course, a perimeter of cameras watching their every move will get his attention. A video doorbell is a great way to greet any unexpected visitor. This simple home security device makes it clear, right away, that you are recording them. Usually, cameras positioned on the corners of the house are also visible and will catch any perimeter activity that occurs.
Although you may be proud of your home and what you have achieved, you don’t need to let the criminals know. When you purchase that new game system, state-of-the-art TV, or laptop, don’t leave the boxes sitting by your garbage. This is an easy way to let everyone know what is in the home. Instead, be sure to breakdown those boxes for recycling day. It is also a good idea to wait until it is time for pickup before you put it out there. Keep in mind that you don’t want to catch the burglar’s eye with these items. Part of ensuring home security is not a device, but our actions.
Always Home Mode
Besides wondering what’s inside, the burglar wants to make sure you are not home when he gets there. As stated above, don’t advertise. Your vacation pictures will look just as good when you get back. Criminals know how to scroll through social media also. They notice that countdown you have been posting about how many days until your beach trip. Only tell the minimum amount of people necessary. The ones that will be your emergency contacts or housesitter need to know. Thankfully, with items such as the video doorbell, you are alerted to someone at your door. Then, you can speak with them from anywhere you may be. With the video and two-way conversation, the would-be intruder has no way of knowing if you are in the house or not. Of course, adding 24/7 alarm monitoring will complete your home security system. Always have someone watching out for you when you are away.
Along the same lines as above, with the smart home technology today, it is easier than ever to make it look like you are always home. We already discussed how you speak with someone who knocks or rings the doorbell. In addition, a smart home allows you to program schedules for lights, TV, window blinds, and more. With a smart hom