New to the world of home security? Here’s how to create your own home security system.
By: Sowmya Krishnamurthy
There’s nothing more important than peace of mind in your home. Whether you’re moving out on your own or a first-time home buyer, the idea of home security can be intimidating. There are so many products on the market, it’s hard to know where to start to feel truly secure. Home security today is far different from the cookie cutter technology many of us grew up with. From smart locks to affordable surveillance cameras, you can custom create a system that’s both functional and fits right into your home decor.
If you’re a DIY kind of person, here’s a checklist to make home security easy.
1. Make a Plan
The most important part of a home security system is to have a plan. Set simple rules that you — and other family members — follow: Always lock the doors when leaving, use an alarm system always (even when you’re just out for a quick trip to the store or to see neighbors), have emergency contact numbers readily available, etc.
2. Remove “Hidden” House Keys
Many people keep extra house keys under doormats, inside mailboxes and around the home. Instead of this, give trusted family and friends access to your home in the event that you’re locked out.
3. Do a Walkthrough
Sometimes safety vulnerabilities are in plain site. Do a physical walkthrough of the exterior and interior areas of your home. If you had to enter your home without a key, could you? Pay special attention to things like unsecured sliding doors, windows with faulty latches, tree branches that lead to second-floor windows and doors that can’t withstand external force. Many police precincts, such as San Diego, have great checklists online for you to do your own burglary prevention walkthrough of your home.
4. Smarten Up Your Locks
The old fashioned deadbolt is soon becoming a thing of the past. Smart locks let you get rid of keys — they keep you protected from lock picks and lock bumping because they are totally key-less. Plus, they’re super convenient when you’re travelling.
5. Turn on the Lights
A dark house is a dead giveaway that no one is home. You can use lighting timers to schedule when your house appears to have activity inside. If you prefer a more comprehensive system, invest in smart lighting that can sync your lights with your alarm system.
Standalone home surveillance can be a great way to identify and catch burglars in the act. There’s many features to keep in mind when purchasing indoor and outdoor cameras, including motion detection, night vision and sound capabilities. Make sure to check whether the cameras work with Wi-Fi, which eliminates the possibility that the camera wires can be cut.
Remember, you always have the option to go with a professionally installed system. Cox’s Homelife offers security as well as home automation. Experienced technicians provide customized solutions for your home, including 24/7 professionally monitored security.