Increase Home Security with just 4 easy steps (hint: some are free!)
We get it. Times are tough right now and many of us are on a tight budget so we’ve pulled together a few easy (and affordable!) steps to improve your home security.
1.Watch Your Step
A doorbell camera is a great tool to keep an eye on who is coming to your door. These cameras are easy to set up and can offer a great angle of your front door and driveway. We recommend the Ring brand of products as its sleek design allows you to view HD images while you see, hear and speak to anyone at your front door. Unsure which model to get or where to put it? We can work with you to professionally install these devices – just give us a call!
2.Trim your Hedges
Those overgrown trees and shrubs offer a perfect hiding spot for thieves to stakeout your property. Take the time this spring to trim back those hedges around your front door, back yard fence area and property line. Having unkept landscaping or an overgrown yard is an open invite for thieves as they assume no one is home or cares enough about their property to install security measures. If landscaping isn’t your thing, then check out our friends over at Atkinson Landscaping who will get the job done right!
3.Add Some Light
Not only will proper outdoor lighting make it easier for you to access your house at night, but intruders will be reluctant to approach your property knowing there’s increased visibility. Installing a motion activated light on your driveway, front door and back yard is a great deterrent for any unwanted guest – even for racoons! These lights can be purchased at your local hardware store and are easy to install. If you need something with a little more bite, then contact your local security provider for a siren or strobe option.
4.Monitor Your Alarm
You may already have an alarm which is the best way of notifying you and your family when a door or window has been opened. To get the most out of your system, consider monitoring your alarm through professional monitoring station so, when you’re running errands or away on vacation, your house is protected. Check out our monitoring rates starting as low as $25 per month.