A robust security system is an important way to keep your loved ones and your possessions safe from intruders and would-be burglars. It can also increase the value of your property when it comes time to sell.
There are countless home security system options and many people choose an out-of-the-box, traditional solution. But with the advance of smart technology, homeowners have more choices than ever. Here are a few ways to save money while still having a state-of-the-art security system with the right tools:
Security Cameras: Cameras are a great deterrent to anyone scoping out your home – just the presence of security cameras on their own may be enough to stop a potential burglar. They also, of course, have the added bonus of gathering footage if a crime is committed. Many cameras nowadays can be set up easily yourself and will even live stream what’s happening to your phone.
Smart locks: The easiest way for someone to break into your home is to simply open the door and waltz in. You’d be surprised how many doors are left unlocked … or just as bad, with a key hidden somewhere nearby like under a potted plant or welcome mat. Smart locks let you control your locks from your phone, so you never have to worry about easy access for a burglar.
Smart lights and motorized blinds: The majority of house robberies happen when no one is home. Having smart lights and motorized blinds helps you give the impression of being home even when you’re not. You can set them on a timer so it looks like a normal routine – nights on, blinds down at dusk!
Security window film: If a burglar can’t get in through the door, they’ll often turn to a window. When you install security film, it helps strengthen the glass and makes it harder to penetrate. Depending on what kind of film you use and how you install it, the extra layers can make a glass window strong enough that it takes someone several minutes with a hammer or baseball bat to break though – long enough to deter most people.