Your Home Security Options: From Low-Tech to High-Tech

An idyllic world would allow us complete comfort in our homes, totally free from outside dangers. We could leave our doors open to the streets unabashed. Yet, that’s not reality. 

It’s possible you’ll never see yourself and family in danger… but who’s willing to take the risk?

There are numerous ways to improve your home security. Many are simple, low-tech methods meant to keep prying eyes (and hands) at bay. Others touch the technical side for an added layer of comfort. This article will share several options to fit all budgets.

Low-to-High Tech Strategies and Installments for Home Security

High-tech gadgets, installments, and systems created a hot trend in the home security market. These options deliver the quick response, features, and psychological relief you need. Yet, low-tech options play a pivotal role in home security and aren’t meant for a quick dismissal. In fact, combining the two types finds a perfect combination for staying safe.

Here are those items worth considering:

Fences, Hedges, and Shrubs

Common entryways for burglars and prowlers are through the windows. The simple addition of a fence will keep these intruders at bay. But, if money is tight one can swap fencing for hedges. This will take some time to grow but ultimately achieves the same goal.

Shrubs are another low-tech addition to add around windows. This creates difficulty entering the home through unlocked/busted windows. 

Lighting

While many fearsome crimes are for the most part pretty rare occurrences, home burglaries are at the top of the list in terms of how likely they are to happen to someone. These individuals are brash and commit their crime in broad daylight. These intruders also prey on people taking vacations or even attending funerals. Though, nighttime theft is still quite common, too, with the aid of darkness.

General and motion-detecting lighting is an inexpensive and easy do-it-yourself solution to home security. The bright spotlights draw too much attention to their deeds — sending them elsewhere. The sudden flash of light also alerts home occupants and pets so they’re ready, with phone/arms in hand, for the event.

Monitoring

Alarm monitoring has become more affordable and effective in preventing break-ins. There are two options: company-provided monitoring and self-monitoring installations. Company systems are a preferred choice since they’re installed properly with best placement and upkeep. Though, adding your own to the selection wouldn’t hurt.

The loud, shrilling noise alarms make scare burglars the moment they start their activities. Once tripped, an alert is sent to the company helping you alert authorities. The only downside of alarm monitoring is the forgetfulness of people — forgetting to turn on/off the systems effectively negating its benefits.

Heavy Locks and Materials

For about $20 – $50, you can swap and/or install heavier deadbolts in each door. Or, bring security up by installing door security bars. Better locks should also go on windows, too, since basic installs leave a thin, metal layer between intrusion and security.

High-tech upgrades such as video doorbells and app-controlled locks are hot. These video doorbells as both security cameras and live monitoring (helpful so you’re not unwittingly opening doors to strangers). Whereas app-controlled locks remove options if the burglar is handy with lockpicking tools.

Generally having heavier-duty materials will help all around such as adding bars to your windows. Or, installing roller shutter doors so they’re not as big an eyesore. One could explore window grills matching frames to blend in and unbreakable glass panes, too.

Video Systems

There are several options for a video security system:

  • Indoor/outdoor
  • Motion-detecting/controllable
  • Hardlined/wireless

The low-end options cost $100 – $200 for a base set. This will set you up with a few cameras that’ll connect wirelessly and upload feeds to an online DVR. Of course, if the power is out that means the WiFi is down effectively negating the features.

Hardlined video security systems cost a lot more but record to physical, on-site hard drives. They’re usually accompanied with a backup power supply to keep running during these power outages. DIYing their installation is possible but cumbersome so you may want to use professional services.

It’d be nice if burglaries weren’t a thing… but they are and you never know if it’ll happen to you. Home security doesn’t necessarily have a high cost. Set a budget, explore your options, and rest at ease knowing you’re one less likely to become a statistic.

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