The Biggest Home Security Mistakes you can easily avoid
Having a fully secure home is becoming an essential part of having peace of mind. However, there are many aspects of home security that people miss out on with sometimes devastating results. With crime continually on the rise, Cybertech has come up with some tips and tricks to help you improve your home security in no time at all.
1. No CCTV: The sight alone of a cctv camera is enough to deter burglars- even the presence of a fake cctv camera in some cases does the trick. However, the real deal does have plenty of other benefits and is more affordable than you’d think. In the event of a burglary, an upgraded cctv camera would provide better footage, providing more information about the intruders. The camera systems we have on offer also allow you to access your live and recorded video footage from any smart phone or tablet meaning that you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. You can set security systems to send you texts when they detect motion so that you are the first one to know- even if you aren’t there.
2. Inadequate Lighting: More crimes happen in the dark, so having inadequate lighting can result in a risk to your home. Simple setting adjustments in your lighting system can make a huge difference to your safety and security. Adjust your lighting settings so that when then garage door opens after dark, the lights leading up to your door turn on automatically.
3. Out of sight, out of mind: When you consider all the effort you have put in to creating the perfect home cinema, bear in mind that you have created a room designed to give you no distractions from the rest of the world. The last thing on anyone’s mind is whether the front door is locked or not. Home automation systems allow you to adjust features of your home you didn’t know where possible, such as automatically locking your home’s front and rear doors when a movie starts- a feature that is particularly useful if you are watching a horror movie!
4. Don’t leave your house “unoccupied”: The biggest worry about taking a well-earned vacation is the safety of your home while you are away. Lights will be left off for days, the blinds will stay closed and the whole place will look empty and ready for the taking. Mockupancy is a term that refers to making a house appear occupied while in fact, you’re sunning yourself in the Bahamas. Adjust lighting so that it automatically turns on and off while you’re away. For an extra kick, you can take it further and set your blinds to rise and fall automatically for a real ‘lived-in’ look.
5. Putting off the spring cleaning: Don’t leave your yard in a mess! An overgrown yard provides intruders with plenty of places to hide so it’s time to clear out those shrubs, hedges and trees. On that note- outdoor lighting is also important in keeping intruders out as they look for dark corners to stay out of sight.
6. Not locking your house: This may seem simple but you’d be surprised! More often than not, intruders aren’t actually breaking in but rather taking advantage of a door left unlocked. An easy way of preventing this is to install smart locks that automatically lock after a given timeout.
7. Being an isolated neighbor: Making friends with the neighbors is useful- and not just for when you need to borrow a cup of sugar! If you’re away on holiday, it’s a good idea to let neighbours know that you won’t be there so that if they see anything suspicious they can act accordingly. You can also do the same for them in return. It might also be a good idea to ask them- or some friends- to take out your trash while you’re away, as the lack of trash on garbage day can be a signal to intruders that you are away from home.