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Tips to Improve Your Neighborhood’s Security

By working to increase your neighborhood’s overall security you may also raise your own security levels at home. We’ve talked to you before about the importance of Neighborhood Watch programs and we’ve also given you tips on how to be a better neighbor so that your home doesn’t become a security problem. What we’d like to talk to you about today, however, are the simple things that you can do in order to individually keep a better watch over your neighborhood.

Be On the Lookout For Traveling Neighbors

When your neighbors take off for vacation, do your best to keep thieves from finding out. Some of the things that you can do include setting your neighbor’s trash cans out on collection days (and returning them after the trash has been collected), not allowing newspapers and flyers to pile up while they are away, and making sure to keep a lookout on their home, in general, just to make sure everything looks the same as it always does. Now this doesn’t mean that you should go peering into windows and creeping about their yard, but just give it a quick once over as you pass during your daily activities. Should anything appear to be unusual, of course, contact your neighbor if possible or call the authorities right away.

Offer to Mow the Lawn

If your neighbor doesn’t have a weekly gardener tending to their lawn, there is a chance that a busy schedule, illness or a physical limitation may prevent them from staying on top of their lawn’s care. Not only is it neighborly to offer a hand, but helping your neighbor keep a tidy lawn also reduces the likelihood of someone breaking into their home. Burglars often look for houses where shrubs and grass are overgrown. These homes send a signal that occupants are too distracted or are otherwise unable to tend to these matters. High grass and shrubs might also provide hiding places to or help camouflage a sneaky thief.

Take a Vacant Home Under Your Wing

Vacant homes are very enticing to thieves looking for a place to stow items or hideout while working. Some criminals even use vacant homes to run scams on others or to engage in other illegal activities. Eliminate this enticement by taking it upon yourself to keep an eye on any vacant homes and reporting suspicious activity right away. If possible, also try to remove trash or flyers that may accumulate while the home is in transition.

Monitor Neighborhood Children

It is no secret that children sometime like to explore and engage in wild adventures. Unfortunately, certain children, particularly teens, will sometimes also push boundaries by partaking in things that they shouldn’t, like burglary and vandalism. Now there’s no need to suspect every young person as being criminally prone and you don’t need to hover over neighborhood kids like they’re up to no good, but it won’t hurt to pay attention to what young people in your neighborhood are doing. Should you witness any illegal behaviors, do your best to find out how to contact a parent and kindly let them know– or contact authorities when you feel it necessary to do so.

Report Unusual Occurrences

While this has been a general theme in all of our posts, it is worth mentioning the importance of reporting suspicious activity each and every time you witness it. We live in a world where people are often too busy to do this or they just don’t want to be involved in reporting crime. Many will even rely on someone else in the neighborhood to do the reporting. Don’t be this person. When you see something out of order, it only takes a minute to make a phone call to local security or to a local police department.

Listen To the Neighbor’s Dog

Incessant dog barking can be a nuisance. If your neighbor’s dog is being that nuisance, realize that there may very well be a good reason for it. Don’t grow so accustomed to hearing these sort of alerts that you become immune to reacting to them. Instead, make a mental note of what time the dog started barking, how long he barked and, if possible, note any other noises that you may have heard around that time. While we strongly advise against entering a neighbor’s yard to find out what’s causing alarm with the dog, just reporting the time and duration of a dog’s barking can help police piece together information useful in catching a criminal if, in fact, it happens that a crime actually took place.

Spread the Word About DIY Home Security

Perhaps the most useful thing that you can do to increase your neighborhood’s security is telling your neighbors about the plethora of devices and gadgets that can help keep a home safe. If you’ve recently purchased a burglar alarm, monitoring service or other security items, be sure to let your neighbors know about it. The average homeowner often feels a need for such items, but may not take the time to research where they can purchase security products until it is too late and their home has already been broken into. Doing your part to keep the neighborhood safe can be just as simple as introducing other homeowners to Home Security Store!

The Popularity of DIY Home Security Systems is Growing

Throughout the blogosphere, from social media and even traditional news outlets, there is an indication that the popularity of do-it-yourself home security systems is growing. While precise reasons for this are unknown, an unofficial survey of news and discussions on this topic indicate that improvements in technology, as well as the cost-effectiveness of DIY home security projects are both very sensible explanations. A growing DIY home improvement trend, in general, may also play a role in the increased interest in DIY home security.

The Ease of Wireless Home Security Systems

A recent article on a website covering news in Florida suggests that DIY home security systems are receiving increased attention as new technology is easier to install and, thus, causing people to bypass well-known security dealers and expensive installation prices in favor of installing their own systems. We find this to be particularly true with wireless home security systems which do not require complex wiring procedures.

Technological advances have also made it possible for wireless systems to represent the same level of alarm quality as hardwired systems. Digital technology, in particular, eliminates a lot of the interference that earlier generations of analog wireless technology experienced. This is true for alarm systems, as well as wireless video surveillance systems.

DIY Hardwired Alarm Systems

Even hardwired systems can be self-installed. As the product reviews on the Ademco Honeywell Vista 20P Security System Kit that we offer in our main store will attest, most people find hardwired systems like these pretty easy and straightforward to install. Of those who find such an effort to be a challenge, the personalized tech support we provide helps make the DIY installation of even hardwired systems possible.

The Cost Effectiveness of DIY Home Security Systems

DIY home security systems also tend to cost quite a bit less than do alarm systems purchased through security dealers. Often, the alarm brands sold are identical to those that can be purchased from Home Security Store or another direct security retailer. Not only might systems cost less, but homeowners also save on the cost of labor for installation, as well as monitoring costs.

Typically, alarm monitoring can cost the upwards of $20 per month if contracted through a home security dealer. DIY home security system owners, however, can receive comparable monitoring services for less than half that cost. One of the main reasons people often cite for bypassing alarm monitoring (which we do not recommend that anyone do) is because of the high cost of monitoring through security dealers. It stands to reason, then, that homeowners would embrace DIY home security systems, which can be monitored for less than $100 annually.

The Latest and Best Technology is Also DIY

In addition to professional monitoring, a lot of DIY home security customers are taking advantage of new technology that allows them to self-monitor their homes. This is done through the use of alarm accessories and smartphone applications that make it possible to view a home– inside and out– from a remote location using a smartphone, tablet or a laptop computer. Many of these same devices also make it possible to access home automation tools in order to control other things in a home’s environment, such as lighting and heating.

Beyond alarm and monitoring accessories, however, people find value in DIY projects that heighten home security by doing things like changing a home’s locks, installing additional keypads or even adding yard signs and window decals indicating the presence of a home security system. Often overlooked in conversations of DIY home security– or home security, in general– these simple projects help add layers of home security which are very necessary in keeping burglars at bay. For example, biometric door locks, which are controlled by fingerprint, are definite deterrents…not to mention, they add a certain “cool factor” to a home.

DIY Home Improvement Movement Empowers Homeowners

The plethora of DIY home improvement television shows, blogs, websites and magazines also undoubtedly supports the popularity of DIY home security systems. Mediums like these have helped homeowners feel empowered about making improvements to their homes. By highlighting ordinary people with average skill sets who are committed to undertaking handyman projects on their own, the masses have learned that they, too, can learn how to improve a home’s value and security without paying the price for expensive contractors and installers.

Of course, we are pleased at the increasing popularity of DIY home security systems. We know that consumers can save money by going this route and we also know that quality does not have to be compromised when purchasing a system from a reputable DIY home security company. Homeowners deserve to have the best and strongest security at home, but they do not deserve being charged high markups for equipment, installation and monitoring.

Your Thoughts on the DIY Home Security Trend

Have you engaged in a DIY home security project? What prompted you to do so? Also, why do you think that DIY home security projects are becoming more popular? We’re always interested in your stories and comments, and we look forward to hearing from you in the space provided below.