We all want our homes to be as safe as possible. At the same time we hate the way most of the security equipment out there looks. Nobody wants to put bars over their windows or doors! Nobody wants gaudy video surveillance equipment or ugly poles holding up floodlights taking away from the design aesthetic they’ve worked so hard to build for their homes. The good news is that you don’t have to give up or compromise your design scheme to make your home extra safe.
Your Security System
If you haven’t researched security systems in a while, you might be surprised to learn that security systems have gotten much subtler. According to ADT, one of the largest providers of home security products, they service more than six million customers across the country. You can click here to see where they offer their services. Remember: just because you can’t see burglars from the street doesn’t mean they aren’t there! Talk to your local security providers about installing systems that don’t stand out.
There are lots of reasons to upgrade your windows; their age is just one of them. Old windows are prime targets for home invaders. Glass–even two paned glass–is easy to break, creating an entry point for your home. Upgrading your windows to plastic panes or unbreakable glass is a great way to keep thieves out. If your budget can’t cover the cost of installing totally new windows, you can place “shatterproof” film on your existing windows to create a sort of safety webbing that prevents broken glass from falling out of its frame.
It’s also worth noting that wooden dowelings are incredibly cheap and incredibly effective at keeping windows closed.
Wooden doors look good, but with enough force, they can be splintered and broken. This is also true of wooden door frames. To prevent thieves from getting in (or at least make it much harder), you should upgrade your current wooden doors and frames to metal versions. These metal doors and frames can be fashioned to look exactly like their wooden counterparts, but they can stand up to the weight of someone trying to break into them. Their locks are also much more structurally sound, which makes it harder for invaders to subvert them.
Speaking of locks, make sure there is at least one “safety lock” on every door and window of your home. Safety locks are locks that are only accessible from the inside of your home. Hidden deadbolts are a good example of safety locks. Bars that slide into the door or the ceiling–like you often see in shops–are another example.
Keeping It Clean
Believe it or not a clean and well lit yard is a major deterrent to home invaders and others who might try to burgle your family. Yards that remain free of debris and with good landscaping show home casers that the home is well cared for and that the residents inside would notice if anything–even something small–was amiss.
Making sure every corner of your property is well lit is also important. Thieves and criminals prefer to go undetected. Good lighting makes it easier for people to see them, so they’ll likely stay away. To get around the “ugly poles” part of floodlighting, try installing flood lights or ultra bright alternative in decorative lighting fixtures. What matters is that the wiring for these fixtures can handle the bulb’s wattage, not what building materials those fixtures are made of.
As you can see there are plenty of ways to improve your home’s security without detracting from the carefully planned design you’ve built. Did we leave anything out? Let us know!