Security systems have improved greatly over the years. Has our home security kept up with today’s technology? Here are some tips to increase your home security and deter criminals setting their sights on your home.
Use Smart Lighting
Smart lighting can be an excellent way to prevent anyone from suspecting that you’ve left for the holidays or a vacation. With smart lighting, even if you are away from your residence for several weeks, you can manipulate lights remotely – making it seem to potential burglars that someone is home. Unlike lighting timers (which turn on and off at set times), smart lighting allows you to turn lights on and off at your discretion across different rooms in your home.
Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Keeping your valuables out of sight makes it harder for a potential burglar to case your home or observe your routine. At night, turn lights off in rooms with large windows – thereby making it harder for a burglar to see inside your home. If you don’t already have a fence, installing one can serve as an additional deterrent to potential burglars. Or simply add curtains or blinds that obscure a room and make it difficult or impossible to see its contents.
Get rid of your hidden keys – they are no longer a secret and make your home susceptible to break-ins. Instead, make the switch to automated locks. An automated lock (or “smart door lock”) can be unlocked with a key as well as a unique user code Plus, smart locks offer a remote locking and unlocking capability, so if you ever do forget to lock the front door, it’ll never be an issue again. Click here to learn more about smart locks.
Video doorbells have become very popular in the last few years, allowing homeowners to remotely see and speak with whoever is at the door. Video doorbells have prevented break-ins and package theft, allow parents to confirm when their children get home from school, and can allow you to remotely lock and unlock your doors if necessary. To get a quote for professional installation of a Forest Security Doorbell Camera, contact us today!
Connected Garage Door
You have heard of smart door locks, but what about smart automated garage doors? Smart garage doors can be operated remotely and when connected to your Forest Security System, controlled through your security app (One App For Everything) , ensuring that you will know when your garage door is closed and secure. Because garage doors often serve as entry points into a home, it is just as important to ensure that your garage door isn’t a weak point in your home security plan. Click here to see more about Smart Garages.
Indoor motion sensors use smart technology to deter movement in an area with a passive infrared sensor. If a sensor is tripped, a signal is sent to your security system’s control panel, which then alerts you and the monitoring service of a potential threat in your home. To learn more about indoor motion sensors, click here.
Windows are the weakest point of entry in your home– but they don’t have to be. Window contacts are highly effective in boosting home security, are very affordable, and will deter burglars from attempting to break into your home. You can learn more about how window contacts here.
Use Natural Deterrents
Consider using natural deterrents around your home to boost home security. Make it difficult for potential burglars to climb in through an open window, for example, by planting a rose bush (or any thorny, plant) right underneath it.
An indoor camera can make it easy for you to check in on your home when you are not physically there. It also makes it easy to check in on your pets or your loved ones. Forest’s Wellcam makes it easy to check in remotely and to view specific areas of your home. Because it is small and discreet, this camera is designed to easily fit anywhere in the home.
No matter what your security concerns are, we can help you find a customized approach that suits your home and your needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!