You’ve probably heard the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But when it comes to home security, I’d like to amend that famous saying: “A few simple measures you take now can save your family from incalculable heartache and expense later.” Let’s look at seven smart home security tips that can make all the difference between feeling safe in your own home – or not.
Get a smart home security system.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to consider a smart home security system. These devices can be installed at a fraction of the cost of traditional security systems and are easy to set up, especially if you have an existing network in place. You can also choose one that allows for remote monitoring and control so that you or your family members can keep tabs on the house while away from home.
A smart security system usually includes an internet-connected panel that communicates with sensors throughout your home–doors, windows and even motion detectors–allowing it to monitor activity inside as well as outside of your property line. If someone tries to break in through one of these entry points (or just opens a door), the panel will let out an alert sound along with sending notifications directly on smartphones via text message or email alerts.*
If someone approaches one of these doors without unlocking it first using their own smartphone app (which is compatible with all brands), then this would trigger another notification about suspicious activity taking place near them.*
Install a security system that can be accessed remotely
A security system can be accessed remotely, which is a great way to keep an eye on your home when you are away. You can also control your security system from anywhere in the world. Setting up alerts and notifications will help keep you informed about what’s going on at home, so if something happens, you’ll know about it right away!
You may want to consider adding a smart lock or camera system as well–they work together with other smart devices like lights and speakers (to name just a few). This way everything syncs up seamlessly without needing multiple apps or accounts for each device type…and best of all: no wires!
Lock your doors and windows.
It’s easy to forget about locking your doors and windows when you leave the house, but it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your home safe. When you come back from vacation or work, make sure all doors and windows are locked. Even if it’s just for a few minutes while you grab something from another room or run into the store, lock up!
If someone breaks into your house through an open window or door, they could easily gain access to all kinds of personal information about your family members–including where they work and their routines for leaving home in the morning or returning at night (which could be useful information if that person wants to rob them).
Also remember: don’t forget about garage doors! Your garage should always be closed when not in use so no strangers can see what’s inside–and make sure it has its own lock too! This way even if someone finds themselves inside with access only through this opening (for example because they’ve managed somehow), then at least there will still be some sort of barrier between them getting further into other parts of house without having first gone through security measures first.”
Add deadbolts to exterior doors.
Deadbolts are one of the most effective ways to keep intruders out of your home. They’re easy to install and can be installed by anyone, whether you have experience or not. Plus, they’re inexpensive!
If you live in an area where crime is common or if you want to prevent break-ins at all costs, installing deadbolts on all exterior doors is a smart idea.
Consider security bars for basement windows.
If you have windows in your basement and want to keep them secure, consider installing security bars. They can be installed on the inside or outside of a window. If you choose to install them on the inside of your basement windows, they should be installed at least 6 inches from the edge so that they don’t get in the way when opening and closing them.
Security bars are not ideal for windows that are regularly opened and closed (like those leading into a garage), but if you have no other options for securing these types of openings, then this option may work for you! Security bars can typically be installed within hours and cost around $40-$50 per bar depending on which brand is purchased.
Have a plan in case of emergency.
The best way to be prepared for a disaster is to have a plan in place. The more detailed your plan, the better off you’ll be when something happens. Here are some things your family should consider:
- Who needs help and where they live
- What each person’s role is during an emergency (for example, who will stay with children if there’s no school?)
- How long it will take each person to reach their designated meeting place (and who will go first) if it becomes necessary for everyone in the house or neighborhood to evacuate at once due to fire or other hazards near them
Don’t let anyone else have access to your house key – not even a family member or friend.
The first step in ensuring that your family is safe is to make sure they have a key to their own house. It’s important to remember, however, that even if you give someone else a copy of your house key, they can still lose it and put yourself at risk of being locked out. If this happens while you’re away from home or on vacation with the kids, then there may be no way for anyone in the household who needs access into their living space until someone comes back home with another set of keys (or buys new locks).
Therefore: Don’t let anyone else have access to your house key – not even a family member or friend!
Preventing burglaries and home invasions begins with vigilance and the right equipment
It’s also important to keep your home as secure as possible.
- Lock your doors: No matter how short or long you plan on being away from home, make sure all of your doors are locked and secured with deadbolts or locking mechanisms that require key-card access in order to open them.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain sight: If there’s something valuable sitting around the house that thieves could see through the windows, don’t leave it out where they can see it! Keep jewelry, cash and other items in a safe place so they won’t be easily accessible if someone breaks into your home while you’re away (or even while you’re sleeping).
- Keep a clean yard: It might seem like common sense not to leave tools lying around outside where they could attract attention from passersby–but trust me when I say this mistake has been made countless times before. Make sure no one can tell there’s anything valuable hidden inside by keeping things tidy outside too!
The best way to keep your family safe is by being vigilant and taking the necessary precautions. A smart home security system is an excellent way to do this, but it’s not the only one. You can also install deadbolts on exterior doors and windows, as well as security bars for basement windows. If you’re considering moving into a new house or apartment building then make sure that there are locks on all doors leading outside (including access points from parking lots). Finally – always remember not let anyone else have access to your house key – not even a family member or friend!