As property crime rates steadily increase throughout the United States, more and more homeowners are seeking additional methods to safeguard their loved ones and property. Several such strategies include utilizing outdoor lighting, neighborhood watch programs, doorbell cameras, smart home security systems, and more.
A common misconception is that these are costly to implement. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however. Customized smart security packages provide effective and affordable plans that keep families and homes safe and secure.
How can you protect your home from break-ins, vandalism, and theft while on a budget?
Here’s a useful outline of seven best practices to help improve your home’s security without breaking the bank.
1. Smart Locks
Flimsy door locks that could be easily tampered, especially without a deadbolt, are an invitation for trespassers and intruders. Without added protection, you risk property crimes, vandalism, and other unsavory activities. By programming smart locks with personalized codes, you’ll never have to worry about lockouts, forgotten keys, or break-ins. Doors can be programmed to lock automatically from most mobile apps to provide constant protection when you’re not home.
One-time codes can also be designated for household helpers, caregivers, or housesitters to provide select access while keeping others out.
2. Doorbell Cameras
Doorbell cameras are one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to secure your front door and porch areas. Smart integrations enable you to view who is at your doorstep—or trying to gain entry—when you’re away. They detect motion at your front door and feature real-time, remote audio and video capabilities. Many homeowners find these helpful in deterring so-called “porch pirates” from front doorsteps.
Similar to smart locks, doorbell cameras provide easy and secure access for approved visitors, and can notify you when children arrive home from school. If you’re keeping an eye on elderly loved ones, they can also be used to alert on how often they’re leaving the premises.
3. Test & Inspect Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Monitors
If you had to choose the most important home security device, General Security recommends adding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. While these can be installed as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, regularly checking and inspecting them is critical. Beeping or chirping warns of low batteries and potential hazards. It’s best to contact your local fire emergency personnel for assistance in ensuring these life-saving devices are in top shape and properly functioning.
4. Keep Your Property Maintained & Clear of Debris
Nothing is more indicative of a vacant or unoccupied property than overgrown lawns, dead trees, and unruly weeds. Not only do such conditions make it easier for intruders to go unnoticed during break-ins, they’re also breeding grounds for mosquitoes, ticks, and other outdoor critters. Front-porches laden with clutter or other debris might also obstruct security cameras and block potentially vital footage from being captured.
5. Add Smart LED Bulbs
Smart LED bulbs ward off potential intruders, and can save energy—resulting in lower utility bills. They can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times—such as when you’re about to arrive home from work, or children get out of school—and controlled remotely from your mobile device.
6. Ensure Screens & Windows Are Secure
Damaged or unlocked windows and ripped screens are other easy access points for intruders. However, these can be easily replaced with a visit to your local hardware store. Measure the exact width and height of your screen for the proper replacement size. Adding contact and glass break sensors to windows and doors provides real-time smart alerts if breached.
7. Consider a Home Alarm System (Within Your Budget)
Once you’ve decided a budget and home security must-haves, consider a smart alarm with 24/7 Central Station Monitoring. While this might cost slightly more than some of the aforementioned items, its theft-prevention features will save money over time. The professionals at General Security can help customize the best home security system package to protect your loved ones and property based on budget, needs, and space.
Effective Home Security at the Right Price
Implementing a home security system doesn’t have to break the bank. If you still have questions, it’s best to consult with General Security’s team of experts for customized smart home security packages.