Home Security Ideas To Keep You Safe
You’ve created your dream home, and it has everything you imagined—a spacious kitchen, a well-furnished living room, and an accessory dwelling unit in the backyard for visiting friends. Your home is more beautiful and valuable than ever; it’s your pride and joy.
But when you think about it, your beautiful home feels incomplete. Your door locks are rudimentary, your alarm system is outdated, and your fence doesn’t offer as much privacy as you’d like. You realize you should complete your home remodeling project with a few more additions to secure your home from intruders. But where do you start?
Keep reading to discover a few security ideas for your home remodeling endeavor.
Why You Should Improve Your Security System During a Residential Remodeling Project
There’s no better time to enhance your home security than during the remodeling process. You’re already evaluating your home and making lasting changes to how it looks, feels, and operates. It’s only natural that while you’re increasing the value of your home, you provide yourself with the resources to protect your investment.
Burglars and intruders exploit security vulnerabilities to enter your home and violate your belongings. Luckily, there are many ways to promote safety and security in your home, and they’re all easier to introduce during a full-fledged renovation or remodeling project than under any other circumstance. Taking extra time to reinforce your security can ensure long-term protection for you, your family, and your possessions.
Consider These Security Ideas for Your Home
Safety is essential. Planning and implementing a new home security system protects you and your loved ones. Protect your upgraded home with these home security ideas:
Improve Your Lighting System
Dark or poorly-lit properties attract burglars like moths to a flame. The darkness suggests that no one is home. Install new fixtures to improve your exterior lighting. Introduce motion detectors and programmable smart lighting systems that turn on and off at different points of the day. Lights that activate under specific conditions are more convincing than when you leave the living room lamp on while you’re out of town. Burglars will believe you’re home rather than think you’re pretending.
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Introduce Security Cameras
Surveillance cameras enhance visibility across your property. Whether you opt for wired or wireless fixtures, your cameras should offer you a full view of your entire property throughout the day. Smart cameras allow you to monitor your home through a smartphone app, meaning you can keep an eye on your house while on a trip. Covering your home exterior with cameras can deter intruders even if you aren’t checking on your cameras constantly.
Use a Video Doorbell
Smart doorbell cameras let you see who’s at your door even when you’re not at home. Wireless chimes and remote access make video doorbell devices a flexible and accessible addition to your home security system. Record video clips of suspicious callers and distinguish between significant and inconsequential motions to get the most out of your camera system.
Upgrade Your Alarm System
If your cameras fail to repel burglars, you should have an alarm system primed and ready to contact emergency services. Both wireless and analog devices have a direct connection to monitoring companies that contact police when they detect activity at your home. You should place your alarm system near vulnerable entry points, like windows and doorways.
Infrared beam sensors include a transmitter and a receiver. Together, they form a two-part system called the through-beam arrangement. The transmitter and receiver are installed across from each other to create an invisible beam shape that acts like a tripwire when placed by doors and windows. The home security system sounds an alarm when the beams are blocked or interrupted by a passing object.
Passive Infrared Sensors
Passive infrared sensors are electronic devices that measure the infrared light radiating from objects in their proximity. These sensors have only one part and are often paired with motion detectors. When a passive sensor is triggered, the device can raise the alarm or turn on a light.
Reinforce Your Door Frames
The front door is the most obvious and convenient way to enter a home. Burglars can kick in an unreinforced door with modest effort. Upgrade exterior doors with steel and quality deadbolt locks to keep criminals out. Most doors feature a glass inlay that can be shattered with relative ease. You need exterior doors with a solid core that has the strength to withstand forced entry.
Consider steel door jambs or a firm fiberglass addition. Replace your door hinge pins if they’re in poor condition. If you install a new door, go windowless to prevent access to the lock.
Install New Door and Window Locks
If a new door and deadbolt lock aren’t enough to secure your home, consider an electric door lock that requires an access code rather than a key to unlock your home.
You should also pay as close attention to your door as your window. Ensure all your ground-level windows have functioning locks you can engage and disengage quickly. General window locks are rarely enough to keep your windows safe. It’s a good idea to replace your current mechanism with a pin lock system. Locking pins go through double-hung window sashes to prevent intruders from sliding the door open.
For extra fortification, secure your window with a steel bar or reinforce the glass with security film. Even natural obstructions like large bushes and vegetation below your windows can deter intruders. However, carefully monitor the trees around your property. Lattices and tall trees provide quick access to higher windows and should be maintained or removed to prevent exploitation.
Partner With Bay Area Home Remodeling Experts To Secure Your Home
You can have all the home security tips in the world and still need access to the resources and expertise to carry out a residential remodeling project. Luckily, RSP Group is here to help you protect your dream home with state-of-the-art security measures. We can handle the entire design and construction process for your remodel, supporting you with a cohesive team of builders, interior designers, and architects led by a seasoned project manager.
Our founder, Paula June Bakjajian, has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry and can help you realize your vision, from planning to the final review. She’s collaborative, creative, and focused. Ready to transform your home? Reach out today.
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