Our home is our safe haven from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn’t always respect your private property.
Home security is a vast industry that’s continuously growing as new threats emerge. Imagine how different the options were before the Internet existed. Manufacturers have come up with revolutionary materials and technologies that offer better protection. Researchers have also been able to collect more data that helps people stay informed and assess their risk.
Protect your home by taking the essential safety precautions below.
Install a Comprehensive Home Security System
Any form of home security is better than none, but a comprehensive system offers superior protection. All of the different components work together to create a relatively seamless layer of security.
Today, the security systems that offer the highest level of security are Wi-Fi and monitored. Smart home security products that are wirelessly connected to the Internet are less susceptible to tampering and allow you to check in on your home from anywhere. Monitored systems give you peace of mind knowing that professionals are keeping an eye on alerts and can contact local authorities within a moment’s notice.
Window and Door Monitors
If you chose not to go with a comprehensive security system, you can still get a good level of security by taking extra precautions around your windows and doors. Believe it or not, 34% of burglars use the front door to gain access into a home.
Wireless, Wi-Fi connected monitors are one of the best solutions in addition to locking up. These discrete monitors will send a fax online or your phone if they feel the slightest bit of movement. They’ll also let you know if someone attempts to move or tamper with the monitor.
Monitors will also make windows safer for children since they work both ways. You’ll receive an alert the moment your child opens the window from the inside.
Beef Up Your Router Security
These days, criminals can infiltrate your home without ever taking a step inside. If you’re not careful hackers can tap into your Internet and access all sorts of sensitive information. There are a lot of things you can do to safeguard your family, but your best bet is to beef of the router’s security.
The router is what provides an access point for Wi-Fi in your home. But if you don’t take security measures it can also give others access. The first step is to always password protect your router device. Make the password something unique that isn’t easy to figure out.
A few other precautions to take include:
- · Enabling network encryption – WPA2 is the most secure option.
- · Reduce the range of your Wi-Fi signal so it doesn’t extend past your yard.
- · Upgrade your router with the latest firmware.
Lighting offers both safety and security. Without proper lighting, someone in the home could be injured, particularly elderly individuals. But strategically placed lighting also makes the home safer from the outside.
Two lighting options to consider are motion detector lights and a porch light with a smart bulb. As noted above, many criminals enter a home using the front door. A brightly lit porch light that showers the door with illumination will dissuade would-be burglars. If you install a smart bulb that’s connected to an app on your phone you can schedule it to always come on at sunset so you don’t forget to leave the light on.
Install Separate Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There are also a number of dangers inside the home that can be deadly. House fires are more common than many people realize. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there is a home structure fire in the U.S. every 86 seconds.
The best way you can protect your home and family is by installing smoke alarms. They’re so important for safety, many building codes now require a certain number in specific locations. Carbon monoxide detectors are also essential if gas appliances are used.
Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be cheaper and more convenient but they aren’t as safe. That’s because they should be located in different spots. Since smoke rises, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling. However, carbon monoxide is heavier than the air and sinks. So, if your carbon monoxide detector is up high where the smoke alarm should be it could delay detection.