5 Essential Security Add-Ons For Modern Homes

by Ralph GoodmanDecember 27, 2017

For many homeowners, home security is a big part of their daily lives. Who doesn’t want to live in a safe and secure home? However, over the past recent years, the face of home security has changed quite a bit, to the point where some homeowners might feel like they don’t have a grasp on it anymore. Truth be told, there is no need to fret. Today, we’ll take a look at some timely home security add-ons that homeowners can use to spruce up their modern homes, without sacrificing any aspect of their security.

Smart Locks


Door locks are a staple of home security and for good reason. They allow authorized individuals to come and go as they please, while simultaneously working to keep unauthorized persons at bay. It is one of the reasons why securing your front door is so important. At their best, door locks are the perfect security tool. It only makes sense that we would start this off by talking about smart locks. Smart locks are the perfect security add-on to the modern home.

In addition to looking sleek and futuristic, smart locks are also geared towards promoting convenience and ease-of-use, without sacrificing security. A common feature most smart locks have is the ability to be controlled remotely, an action which many homeowners love to use. This allows them to do away with their keys, and also have more control of this aspect of their home security from remote locations.

Smart locks are the perfect addition. However, homeowners should be cognizant of the fact that not all smart locks are built the same, which means that some are not as secure as others. As such, you have to be vigilant when you are picking out a smart lock.

Some of the features you should look out for include remote connectivity features, backup battery operation, keyless smart lock features, etc. Having a keyless smart lock makes your home much more secure because even if a burglar knows anything about lock picking, there won’t be any keyway to exploit. Additionally, it would be best for homeowners to read up on security tips for smart homes and smart home devices so that they can build effective security protocols around any new, modern, additions.

DIY Surveillance Cameras


In this day and age, there are an array of cost-effective security cameras that work great for modern homes. Older, more archaic, forms of surveillance cameras were extremely bulky and had tons of wires running through people’s homes.

DIY surveillance cameras that are easy to install are great additions to modern homes. Also, many of these kinds of cameras can easily be integrated with other devices that can be found in the modern home, like the smart locks that were discussed above.

The security threats that modern homes face has changed significantly over the years, so these kinds of security add-ons are necessary to help homeowners adapt to the current state of security. Another great feature of security cameras is the fact that they can be monitored remotely, so you can always peek into your home to make sure that everything is alright.

Window and Door Sensors

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Modern home security looks to make living spaces as secure as possible, and one of the best ways to make the home more secure is to give its occupants fair warning. By fair warning, I mean giving them the time to adequately respond to any threat they might face. This is where doors and window sensors come in. First-floor windows and secondary doors are common targets for burglars, but the presence of door and window sensors help keep homeowners on their toes.

These sensors are fairly easy to get and even easier to install. They can be used as part of a monitored security system, or as stand-alone security devices. Their purpose is simple. They are meant to alert homeowners to anything that tampers with their windows and doors. This gives homeowners a head start when dealing with any potential home breaches. Most of these sensors use simple circuits or magnet systems, which make them extremely cost-effective. So even if you were to put a price on your home security, you would still be able to afford one of these.

Smart Doorbells

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Smart doorbells are an add-on that will really make your life easier, but they are also a security add-on that should not be underestimated. A tactic that burglars use to get a peek into people’s homes, is simply to knock on the door. This kind of cold solicitation catches homeowners off-guard, and some unwittingly welcome burglars into their homes.

Now, with the presence of a smart doorbell, you can see who is at your door, and communicate with them, without having to open your door and invite them in. This simple measure helps keep criminals and burglars at bay, and it helps reduce the likelihood of an unauthorized individual entering your home. If this security solution is used in conjunction with some of the other add-ons discussed above, modern homes will be given a robust layer of security.

Motion Sensor Lights

Modern Wall Lamp With Motion And Light Sensor On The Brick Wall

Every homeowner who has a modern layout to their home knows that lighting is important. However, many of them do not realize that lighting is also important for security purposes. Burglars and criminals love to operate in the dark, and they usually approach homes that are not well lit, because they provide shadows and cover.

Utilizing motion sensor lights helps negate this possibility, and it also adds a modern flair to your home. Furthermore, the more energy efficient homeowner can take advantage of smart LED light bulbs, that help keep them more secure by warding off burglars, and also reducing their energy bills.

Final Thoughts

The modern home is one that prizes convenience and security (maybe design as well) above all. The modern homeowner has to be willing to make changes every now and then so that their home stays abreast with the changes, stays up-to-date, and stays secure at all times.

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