Tips For Securing Your Home From Intruders

Saturday, December 1, 2018
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After we were robbed almost 10 years ago, home security became our top priority. We quickly realized that it’s not enough to simply rely on a set of locks. We took some additional steps to ensure that we were safe inside and outside the home.

Outside The Home
The outside of your home is the first place to consider when dealing with safety issues since it's the first place a potential intruder sees. Whether you live in a detached home or share an apartment building with other people, you take preventative measures to lock down the outside of your home. To give you an idea of the resources you have to help you with this, you can find some examples below, enabling you to get started as soon as possible.
  • Smart Locks: Smartphone security has improved enough over the last couple of years to enable companies to start making locks which can be controlled by them. Smart locks often come equipped with components like cameras, speakers, and microphones, giving you the opportunity to talk to people before you let them in. With a system like this, you never have to worry about losing your keys, as you will need your phone to get inside.
  • Cameras: Today’s security cameras are far cheaper than they used to be. When choosing products like this, though, it’s worth doing your research, as not all of the products will include the same features, like night vision and endless recording.
  • Lights: When someone is planning to break into a home, they will usually be in a state of extreme worry and stress. If something unexpected happens, it could be enough to send them running, and this can be used to keep your home protected. Simple security lights are perfect for this, turning on when their motion sensors are disturbed.

Inside The Home
Once you’ve tackled the outside of your home, move to the inside. Once an intruder breaks in, you will need to have the tools in place to properly handle the situation. While this may sound complicated and overwhelming, there are companies that specialize in providing services and equipment specifically for this type of thing.
  • Sensors: The first area to consider is the sensors you have dotted around your home. Window and door monitors, movement/motion detectors, and sound level meters are all excellent choices for this, and modern examples are discreet enough to have hidden around any home. This will usually be handled for you when you choose a company to help you to secure your space.
  • Cameras: While they are already covered on the outside of your home, it's also worth considering cameras to go inside your home. These should be a little more advanced than those on the outside, offering connections to WiFi to store your footage, while also including features like sound recording. Having this in place will help you to capture the right kind of evidence when people enter your place.
  • Alarms: A home security package isn’t quite complete without an alarm system to be used when you go out. Modern examples of this are incredibly robust, being designed to continue functioning through the harshest conditions, even when a critical component of the whole thing gets damaged.
  • Tying It Together: Tying a system like this together takes some serious computing power, and this is where the company of your choice comes in. By searching the web for this company and that, you will find loads of options for advanced security systems. Not only will businesses in this field help you to choose and supply your hardware, but they will also support you in getting it installed, making the whole process very simple.

Your Digital Life
Finally, as the last option to consider in all of this, it’s time to think about your digital footprint. While this may not seem like a big part of your home, an intruder will have access to your computers, and this puts sensitive data at risk. Below, you can find some examples of the sort of work you need to do to make sure that this area is kept locked down.
  • Passwords: When someone gains access to a device which you own, having a password in place will make it very hard for them to get into the data stored within. This should be something which you find easy to remember, while also being very hard for someone to guess, ensuring that anyone who wants to get into your machines has to spend a very long time working at it.
  • Physical Security: Not a lot of people realize that they can buy into a system which will help to keep their computer secure on a physical level. Companies like Kensington have been making hardware locks for a long time. Giving you the chance to lock your machines to your desk, this sort of tool will stop most criminals from being able to walk away with your computer or other electronic devices.

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