Do you need some home security tips?
Although quite important, home security is often one of the last elements people think about when it comes to creating the home of their dreams. You may be more of the interior decorator type of person. However, security measures are important to peace of mind. That is why we want to bring you these home security tips. We know how important it is to care for your home and most importantly, those you love.
Home automation systems can be installed during construction and now due to the latest technology some systems can be retrofitted to existing homes. But before we discuss that, it’s important to recognise some general ideas when it comes to security.
When it comes to home security, there are four principles for crime prevention based on government recommendations: territoriality, natural surveillance, target hardening, and access control. The following can be an initial deterrent against crime:
Territoriality: Your outdoor design should convey a sense of ownership.
Natural surveillance: This includes the position of windows as sightlines into the street, footpaths and play areas should be viewed.
Target hardening: Any external features such as doors, locks, security screens and hinges should be made from high quality. They should add to the security and not detract from it.
Access control: Your outdoor design should also make use of real or perceived threats such as hedges, fences or even a garden.
Keeping Your Home Safe
Now let’s chat about some specific home security tips you can follow to make and keep your home secure:
1. Secure your entryways
Whether it’s the front door, back door, side door or any window, access points are the most important feature for home security. Your frames should be sturdy, protected and made from the highest quality possible. While it might seem expensive to spend more on higher quality items, it will save you a headache in the long run. It may be worth it to change the locks to a new residence. Do you want to reinforce your entryways? You can install a deadbolt or upgrade to smart locks.
At Amber Electrical, we can help you install a video doorbell for extra security. Glass doors can also be kept secure with a window bar. You can also install a sensor to detect motion. These elements will elevate the security of your property.
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2. Use your current security features
If you live in a residential neighbourhood, it’s easy to let your guard down when it comes to security. But what good are home security tips if they’re not put in place? Entryways are vulnerable spots in a property. While it might sound obvious, it’s important to use your security locks, key-operated levers and even make use of outdoor deterrents such as bushes or trees.
Bonus home security tip: Make sure your bushes are on the shorter side, so they don’t become hiding places for potential burglars.
3. Light up the home surroundings
Light is a great deterrent for vandalism and theft. Burglars don’t like to be seen, so you can easily keep them away with strategically placed outdoor lighting. Amber Electrical is a specialist when it comes to lighting. We can advise you on the best plan of action. You can benefit from lights around pathways, the garage, and the front and back yards.
Bonus home security tip: We can install motion-sensitive lights and set them up using a smart outlet, so they work on a timer. Amber Electrical uses energy-saving lights so you can save money on your electricity bill while keeping your home and family safe.
4. Secure your Wi-Fi network
Your home wireless network stores your personal and financial information. This means your wireless network is an entry point into your private world. You can secure your network by enabling WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA2 encryption. It's important to use a firewall, passwords, and anti-virus protection too.
Bonus home security tip: Renaming your firewall and hiding your home network will add an extra layer of protection to your network.
5. Secure your belongings
Burglars can be tempted by seeing expensive items on display. While you don’t want to live like you’re going to be robbed, you do want to minimise any potential risks. Buying a safe is an easy way to keep your belongings safe. If you buy a safe, make sure it has a redundant lock. If you’re not familiar with redundant locks, they are locks that incorporate electronic and mechanical elements. They add an extra layer of safety. Lastly, you can buy a portable safe or an anchored one.
Bonus home security tip: Don’t forget about securing your garage. The garage is often forgotten, but you can protect it with some key elements such as a smart garage door opener, additional locks and a driveway alarm.
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6. Protect your home while you’re away
Burglars often look for homes that look like there is not much activity happening. Something you can do to keep your home safe is ask your neighbours to take your bins out. This way, your absence won’t be as evident. Also, adjusting the ring volume on your home phone to the lowest volume can be helpful to make the absence less noticeable.
Amber Electrical values what you value. That is why we provide our customers with the peace of mind that their property will be protected through home surveillance and automation, even when they’re away on holidays.
7. Install home security features
Have you set up a security system in your home? Installing a professional monitoring system will provide you with the highest level of protection. You can find a surveillance system to fit both your budget and your needs.
Amber Electrical can take your home security up a level. We can install home automation, CCTV & alarm systems for added security. These elements provide you with control and can be fitted in a way that suits your current home. We use Clipsal C Bus home automation control systems that integrate with Control4 to include audio, video, intercom, and more.
If you need a security evaluation of your home, we can help you. Give us a call.
We hope these home security tips have been helpful to you. However, you can always take security to the next level.
When it comes to home automation or switching up the electrical work inside your home, it is always best to hire a professional to do the job. Home security is critical. DIY electrical and home surveillance installation is not a clever idea. Get the job done right. Bring on a qualified technician so you know everything is installed properly.
Your security matters to us. The experts at Amber Electrical can help bring your home surveillance to an adequate level – give us a call or contact us to get a free quote!