Home should be a safe space however, over the 2020/2021 financial year, there were close to 800,000 incidents of housebreaking in South Africa – with the highest cases reported in the Western Cape. With crime a growing problem, the need to improve home security measures to effectively deter would-be criminals is becoming more pertinent and requires a committed and proactive approach. We’ve compiled a list of the top nine things you can do to upgrade your home security today!
1. Relook the effectiveness of your perimeter wall
Ensure that your perimeter wall is well maintained and wards off potential burglars. Creating the perception that your home is hard to traverse will help keep burglars at bay and prevent your home from becoming an easy target.
2. Make sure all blind spots of your property are covered with cameras
Ensuring that blind spots on your property are covered with cameras will help you keep eyes on the areas of your property that don’t get much foot traffic or might be covered by trees and shrubbery making it easier for burglars to gain access unnoticed.
3. Create a connected home
Through the use of smart technology you can monitor your home remotely and create the illusion that someone is at home with the use of smart outdoor lights. Smart technology and home automation can enable you to manage the activation of your lighting remotely and at random times, preventing potential criminals from becoming accustomed to your daily routines.
4. Make sure your garage doors are effectively secured
To prevent criminals from accessing your property via garage doors that are exposed to the street, invest in a robust deadbolt that secures the garage from the inside.
5. Add window sensors
Window sensors can act as a warning system that someone has entered your home or even that a door or window has been tampered with. Incorporating your sensons into a fully integrated home automation system can help take your security measures one step further by automatically notifying you of a disturbance even if you are not at home.
6. Install a smart doorbell
Smart doorbells provide you with eyes on the outside of your property enabling you to see anyone who may be ringing your door or lingering at the entrance of your property, and preventing any unauthorised visitors gaining access to your property.
7. Place a linking door between your garage and the main house
Placing a linking door between your garage and your house creates a deterrent for would-be intruders who will find it harder and more troublesome to access the main house. Criminals might see the link door and automatically abort their mission. Placing sensors in this area can also notify you of a home invasion in progress allowing you valuable time to call for help.
8. Install light automation
Light acts as a deterrent for potential burglars. Investing in an automated system that turns on lights at key times can help curb criminal activity during the night by creating the illusion that someone is at home or awake.
9. Prepare for power outages Ensure that you have a fail safe if the power goes out. Investing in an inverter or generator to power lights and your automated home system is important to reduce exposing yourself to opportunistic criminals who often prey on vulnerability. Improving your home security measures can be a costly endeavour, however this investment in your family’s safety is well worth it. Proactivity and smart technology are key when it comes to deterring would-be criminals and ensuring you don’t become a statistic.