Where Should I Install Security Features in My Home?

by Ben SanfordSeptember 26, 2016

Home Break-Ins Are the Worst!

If you’ve ever been through it, then you know: a home break-in is a terrible thing to experience. It’s not just the missing things – after all, material goods can be replaced – it’s the feeling of having your home’s security violated. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place where you can leave the worries of the world behind. When someone invades your home, it can really do a number on your sense of security and peace of mind.

Fortunately, home security features can go a long way in deterring would-be crooks from making their way into your home. Let’s discuss a few different home security features, and the optimal placement for each.

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The Best Places for Security Cameras

When you picture a burglary in progress, you might think of a man in a ski mask shimmying up a drainpipe. While that modus operandi might fit a few burglars, but most would rather take the easy route.

The three places where burglars are statistically most likely to gain entry to your home are:

  • First-floor windows
  • The back door
  • The front door

Yes, you read that correctly. Many burglars just walk right in through the front door. And why wouldn’t they? If they are spotted, they can always pose as a visiting friend or canvasser. Plus, knocking on the front door is a great way to make sure nobody’s home.

Back to the cameras: it’s best to install them where they’re most likely to catch criminals in the act. Each exterior doorway should be equipped with a camera, and so should windows that present an easy and/or private route of ingress.

For extra security, install a camera to cover the back yard, and if you have a basement, the basement entry as well.

Choose the Right Camera for the Job

When it comes to security cameras, you have a wide variety of options. There are infrared cameras, dome cameras, night vision cameras… the list goes on and on. So how do you make the best choice?

Box cameras may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but they are flexible. All of the parts are interchangeable, so you can swap out lenses, camera bodies, and housings to create the ideal configuration for each application.

Dome cameras are more discreet in their appearance, and they have the added advantage of making criminals wonder about whether they’re in the shot or not. The dome housing can also protect these cameras from vandalism and the elements.

Infrared cameras are a popular option for home and business applications. The great thing about an IR camera is that it offers high-resolution video during the day, and clear video footage at night.

Motion detecting cameras save a ton of storage, as they’re only activated when they detect movement. Their footage is like a highlight reel that cuts out all the boring stuff.

PTZ cameras can be controlled remotely or set to run automatic scanning patterns. Thus, they can be used to cover multiple areas of the home.

IF you spend a lot of time away from home, then you might want to invest in an Internet protocol camera, which transmits a feed over the Internet so you can view it anywhere.

The options don’t stop there. In the end, you’ll want to choose a configuration that best suits your needs, or consult with a security firm for some expert advice.

If you take the DIY route, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Different cameras have different focus ranges and view requirements, so it’s best to make sure they’re properly situated for optimal functionality.

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Don’t Forget the Yard Signs

You’ve probably known friends or neighbors who have installed fake alarm signs to ward off would-be burglars. Here’s the thing: burglars can just Google the names on those yard signs to check for legitimacy. If they find out that no such company exists, or worse yet, find the same sign for sale on Amazon, then they’ll know that whomever posted those signs is too cheap to spring for a real security system.

But if you actually have a security system installed, then by all means, put those signs up in your yard. They should be clearly visible in both the front and back yards, and stickers should be placed in the windows near popular break-in points.

Your Home Is Your Castle; Keep It Secure

We hope these tips help you keep your home secure and prevent would-be burglars from compromising the sanctity and security of your home.

Oh, and if you’re still looking for the perfect home to protect from the ne’er-do-wells of the world, we’d love to assist you in your search. We’re Homes.com, and homes are our forte. Get in touch today!

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.
  • Linda Bush
    June 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The home security revolution has begun. More people are seeing cameras being used on the news every night. Advances have been made in electric technology, lighting and monitoring. Now we can see our back yard, front yard and inside our homes on our cell phones and the products of today are very energy friendly. With the use of wireless cameras a home owner can pick a location and place a camera pointing in any direction or move any camera from one place to another as long as the camera stays in range (posted on the camera). The world is changing and we must also change! Don’t wait for something to happen to your family, friends or neighbors. Also motion detectors and LED lighting are a very good way to keep undesirables away. Stay Safe, Stay Secure and Stay Happy.

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