They say that a person’s home is their castle and one of the main properties of every castle is that it is hard to get access to if you are not supposed to. In terms of home and home improvement, this means that we are talking about home security. More precisely, we will be talking about the most effective and important security features that will make it as difficult as possible for the burglars to break into a home.
Video Surveillance Systems
Video surveillance systems are one of the most effective home security features for one very simple reason. If the burglar is caught on camera and their face can be clearly seen, it is almost impossible for them to avoid prosecution and conviction. There is no proof that is taken more seriously in court than video footage of the crime taking place.
In the past, these video surveillance systems were quite expensive and they were mostly used by commercial properties that could afford them. However, as the technology has advanced, the prices have dropped and HD video surveillance systems with storage drives and everything are now much less expensive, making them affordable for home owners who are serious about their security. Moreover, the best video surveillance systems also have the ability to take footage during night, using infrared imaging.
As much as video surveillance has advanced, alarm systems have done the same as well. Before, you had to deal with all kinds of problems, such as alarms going off even when no one was trying to get into the house, systems not being able to differentiate between the house pet and a burglar and much more. They were also quite easy to disable for experienced burglars.
These days, alarm systems are very advanced and they will only go off when someone actually tries to gain access to the home. Furthermore, the alarm systems today have much more comprehensive anti-tampering features, making it quite difficult for burglars to disable them. In short, they provide much more security these days.
Doors and locks
While these modern security features are definitely effective and can provide you with added security, the most important security features for your home are still your doors and locks. The doors vary from the basic, flimsy ones to strong security doors which are reinforced with steel bars or even more.
When we are talking locks, there is even more variety. If you are not sure which type would be best for your situation and which type provides the most security, it is best that you talk to experts that provide locksmith services and ask them for advice.
These days, you can even go for electronic locks which provide extra security by not utilizing keys and keyholes which can always be picked by savvy burglars.
Finally, we simply have to say something about the behavior of the very homeowner who wishes to secure their house. For example, many people still leave their spare keys near their front door, ‘just in case they forget their keys’. All security experts will agree that this is one of the worst things you can do. You should also never spread the word that you are leaving for longer periods of time. This is like an invitation for the burglars to come and check out your home.
Also, if you have purchased security features like alarm system, motion sensor lights and the likes, make sure you know how to use them and actually use them.
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