A good alarm system will alert you anytime someone attempts to enter your home without permission. While we specialize in do-it-yourself alarm kits, we want you to remember that a device is only triggered once an unauthorized person actually tries to open a door or window. Your safety is our number one priority, so while we want you to have the best DIY home alarm kit on the planet, we’d like you to place a keen focus on deterring thieves before they even get close enough to your doors and windows to attempt an entry.
The following are a few of the best ways to secure your home’s perimeter:
Some thieves rely on a dark cloak of protection when doing their dirty work. They will deliberately strike during the night in the hopes of going unnoticed by neighbors and other passersby. A good defense against these menacing types is to install motion-activated lighting around the perimeter of your home.
One of the most common concerns that people have about security lighting is an increase in their monthly electric bill. Let’s face it, as much as we like to feel safe, we’d also like to conserve energy and save money at the same time. Motion activated lighting only illuminates an assigned area when it is triggered by another’s presence. Even better, some security lighting can be powered by the sun like the Solar Security Floodlight with Motion Sensor offered in our main store.
Most thieves don’t want to chance their crimes being recorded on tape, which is why surveillance cameras are so effective in deterring break-ins. Even the fake surveillance cameras can be enough to make a criminal think twice about moving any closer towards your home. Not only do these devices tend to keep burglars at bay, but outdoor surveillance cameras can also help you remotely assess an outside threat from inside the comfort and safety of your house.
Make Strategic Use of Warning Signs
Thinking like a burglar for a moment, how quickly would you advance towards committing a crime at a home where signs clearly told of the presence of an alarm system, a surveillance system and a the vigilant eyes of a team of neighborhood watch volunteers? Given a choice between a home with that sort of signage and another one a few feet away without any, which would you choose to break into? Simply put, security signage tells burglars upfront that your house is not the one that they want to try with their shenanigans.
Wouldn’t you like to be made aware of the exact second anyone approaches your property? Installing a DIY driveway alarm is your answer. Similar to alert systems used in retail businesses that notify employees when a customer has entered, a driveway alarm transmits a signal every time someone approaches your driveway or walkway. The Optex Wireless Alert Driveway Alarm is one of our bestselling in this category, but we encourage you to take a look at all of the devices like this offered in our main store (and don’t forget to read the product reviews there) before making a final decision.
Video Intercom System
In the event that a criminal decides to bypass all of the aforementioned perimeter devices, it helps to be aware of some of the tactics used to gain entry to your home. Yes, picking locks and breaking doors and windows is a common method, but so is simply waltzing up to your front door and knocking or ringing your doorbell. Sometimes criminals will use this method to force their way into a home after you open the door, while others merely use this tactic as a way to screen whether or not anyone is at home before continuing with their break-in plans. Either way, responding to such brazen criminals does not have to be a face-to-face ordeal. Installing a video intercom system allows you to view who is at your door and communicate with them from inside without ever placing yourself in danger.
Make Your First Defense Your Strongest One
Good perimeter security goes a long way in preventing a break-in and structural damage to your home as the result of such an event. Today’s technology makes it easy to create a strong barrier between your home and thieves, and Home Security Store goes a step further in making such an effort more affordable by offering DIY options. All of the advice offered here should be paired with a good alarm system to help build the strongest defense possible against criminals of all kinds.
What Is Your Advice?
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