Feeling safe in your own home should be a given. Unfortunately, it isn’t always.
As the world changes and develops (and in many ways becomes more polarized), more and more people are looking into additional ways to create feelings of safety and security in their homes.
The following will explore the concept of electronic security for residential homes and the importance of including it in your home safety strategies.
A Safety Note Before Beginning
Before we dive into home security, it is essential to emphasize that if you feel threatened or believe you have been targeted for violence or theft, or any other reason, reach out to the authorities immediately.
Trust your instincts if you feel unsafe. Humans have evolved over the course of thousands of years to keep ourselves alive and protected.
This programming is still inside of us even though we no longer live the way we used to. Never ignore feelings of danger under any circumstances.
What Is Electronic Security?
Electronic security systems are systems that use electronic devices such as cameras, alarms, and electronic access control systems.
Typically, electronic security services include a team available 24 hours a day to respond to alarms or watch the captured security footage.
The technology behind electronic security has evolved over the course of many years. It has become quicker to discover threats and more difficult to “trick or trip up.”
How Does It Work?
You might be surprised to learn that electronic security can be working even before someone chooses your home to invade.
Studies have shown that burglars and vandals lookout for security cameras and alarm systems, and more often than not, they choose different sites for their crimes as the risk of getting caught is too great.
Beyond this, alarms go off when someone without the passcode enters your home. This alerts the neighbors that something is happening and sends a direct message to local law enforcement or a security team.
CCTV cameras capture footage 24 hours a day. In the event that a crime occurs, the footage will help the authorities track down whoever committed the crime and count as evidence in the courtroom.
Homes At High Risk For Home Invasion Or Burglaries
If you’re unsure whether additional security measures are needed to protect you, your loved ones, and your home, consider the following indicators that a home is at higher risk for burglary:
- You have tall plants and shrubs surrounding the property, making it hard for neighbors to see what is happening
- You live in an area where neighbors don’t know each other and don’t watch out for each other
- If your door is easy to get through (despite what we see in movies, most break-ins involve walking through the front door)
- Your street has no lighting
- You have a hidden spare key on the property (many burglars watch a property for a little while before acting and might therefore know where the key is hidden)
- You regularly pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy (again, many burglars watch a property—prescription drugs can bring in a lot of money in the right hands)
- You have an unlocked shed or garage and live in a decent neighborhood (tires and other tools can bring in quite a lot of money)
- If you’re often away or there are indicators of you being away
- There are no visible security measures
- There’s no dog to be heard
- Doors and windows left unlocked
- Mail is piled up outside
- Your property is not well cared for
- You post vacation pictures on social media while you are away (post them once you’re home again to reduce risk)
- Valuables are clearly visible through your windows
- You have no outdoor lights
- You have big fencing that prevents people from seeing what’s happening on your property
Signs Your Home Has Been Targeted
Professional burglars understand the signs that theft will be easier or harder to pull off. This sort of thinking goes both ways.
There are also indicators that a burglar is watching your home and planning a theft. You might be surprised by how clever some of these tactics are.
If you notice any of these things occurring, reach out to the local authorities and look into improving your home security.
Don’t think because it’s daylight, your home is safe. Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries occur in the mid-afternoon when people are more likely to be at work or school.
This means that all of the above information needs to be employed both during the night and the day.
Every home and neighborhood is different, and therefore there are different concerns when it comes to safety.
If you are unsure what this means for you in your neighborhood, reach out to a professional security team to ask for advice about your particular situation. Again, never ignore feelings of danger. It is always better to be safe than sorry.