Your home is more than just a roof over your head. It’s your personal space. It’s where you store all of your most prized possessions. It’s where you and your family sleep soundly at night. It’s your private space.
As such, it really shouldn’t be open to the public. You don’t want strangers roaming off the streets to find your valuables and heirlooms. So, how do you keep the riffraff out? How do you protect your belongings and your family? There are hundreds of products and services on the market that are designed to do just that. Here are a few of the most essential products that you ought to invest in to protect your home from intruders — as always, you can count on your local home security system provider here at Fifteen Alarms for most of these essentials!
Home Security System
OK, this is a shameless plug for our home security systems and protection services, but this truly is where you should start. Fifteen Alarms provides home security solutions, including wireless home security apps, security system products, and 24/7 security support. Here are a few of the features that we can implement around your property to secure your abode:
Most intruders come right through the front door, if not the back or side doors. Regardless, your doorways are the biggest threat to your home security, and they should be highly secured and monitored to deter burglars and break-ins. We’ll install door alarms throughout your home in order to monitor those doors. If we note unauthorized entry, an alarm will go off, we’ll be informed of the security threat, and we’ll take action to protect you, your home, and your family. Door security is the first and foremost security measure you should take — in our eyes, it’s a must.
Similarly, your windows can become an easy target for break-in attempts, especially windows that are on the ground level of your home — consider these windows low-hanging fruit for thieves. You can further protect your home by installing window alarms that sense when a window is opened and it shouldn’t be. The concept is simple. Window alarm sensors are electronic or magnified components that sense when a window is or isn’t closed. This information is relayed to the security system, and if your home is currently “locked” opening a window will trigger an alarm and security response from our 24/7 responders. Be especially wary of windows that only need to be opened, instead of broken, in order to get into your home. Burglars target windows that are easy to force open, over windows that must be broken for entry.
Install security cameras to add more protection to your abode. Simply placing a security camera on your property can be enough to scare off intruders. Plus, your security camera system will provide you with live updates of the surroundings of your home — and that can enhance your security system even more. At Fifteen Alarms, we place cameras throughout your property to surveil all of the entry points for your home. These cameras can be accessed through our wireless app, so that you can monitor your home whenever you’d like, from wherever you’d like. Plus, our cameras can be incorporated with your security system to warn you of strangers on your property. You’ll know if someone is trying to jimmy open your front door — or if the mailwoman is dropping off your latest purchase from Amazon. Place cameras around your home, your garage, and at any easy-access points. It’s best not to have any blind spots.
Install exterior lighting to tell intruders that your home isn’t a target. Exterior lighting says, “You can’t sneak up to the doorways and windows here.” You can have motion sensor lighting installed around your home to deter thieves, and you can utilize lighting systems to enhance your camera capabilities. Again, consider adding exterior lighting around your home and garage, including any easy access points around your property.
Remote locking isn’t just convenient, it’s safer for your family. If you have a nine-year-old son, for instance, who takes the bus home from school and lets himself into your home, you can ensure that he is protected by remotely locking the front door behind him until you get home. Remote locks are also great if you need to let guests into your home while you’re away at work, and they’re especially helpful for those of us who tend to forget to lock the door on the way out.
While security system signage is super low-tech, it only helps to cause added hesitation for would-be burglars. When we install a security system, we’ll be sure to place visible signage around your property to add protection and inform the public, “This house is securely monitored.”
Sliding Door & Window Jams
Next on our list are door and window jams. These surprisingly low-tech devices are rather effective implements to keep sliding doors and windows secure. Sliding windows and doors are very easy to force open, and a jam helps to keep these potential entryways closed. You can find a million products online that are designed to keep your doors jammed shut. There are aluminum rods, steel rods (which are a bit stronger), devices that lock and place leverage on your doors and windows, and many more. If you’re looking for a simple, affordable solution, you can use a thick wooden dowel to set on the inside of your door or window to keep the panel or door shut. Just cut the dowel down to size and place it in the base of the sliding track of your doors or windows once they’re shut. It’s a surprisingly effective DIY solution.
As we mentioned, your doors are the most likely access points for intruders. With standard locks, doors are rather weak. One can kick in a door without too much trouble. With a deadbolt, however, your door is secured alongside the structural frame of the door. You can also invest in secured door frames for further protection from kick-ins. These frames are bolted to the structure of your home in several places, so that an intruder would have to use a metal-cutting saw just to get in. Install deadbolts on all of your exterior doors, and consider integrating remote locks to add extra protection and versatility.
Burglars won’t steal what they can’t see. If you have expensive electronics scattered throughout your home, and these valuables are easily visible from the sidewalk or street, it’s a wise decision to use window film to keep prying eyes from noticing your valuables. There are hundreds of products online that are designed to mask the view into your home. That’s especially helpful at night, when your home’s interior is well-lit, and passersby can see inside. You may also want to install window film simply to keep your home private.
If you’re not opting to install a security camera for your door, a peephole is the next best thing. This inexpensive, low-tech device lets you see who’s on the other side of the door — keep the door locked as you check. A peephole is a good idea, even if you do have other security systems in place, since any guest of your home can use the peephole to see who is at the door.
If you want to secure belongings within your home, invest in a safe. You can buy large, heavy safes for bulkier items, gun safes for firearms, and smaller safes to secure money, jewelry, and heirlooms. If you’re opting for a smaller safe, make sure that it can be secured to the frame of your home, so that the safe can’t simply be stolen and opened off-site.
Trust Fifteen Alarms
At the end of the day, all of these products and services help to keep your home safe from intruders, but ultimately, Fifteen Alarms’ home security systems, app, and security services are all you need. To get whole-home protection that’s affordable, valuable, and convenient, count on the security professionals here at Fifteen Alarms. Learn more about our security monitoring plans, and get in touch with us to get started. Keep your home secure with Fifteen Alarms’ five-star, Top Rated Local® home security solutions. We provide home security services throughout Memphis, Bartlett, Cordova, Lakeland, Southwind, Germantown, Whitehaven, and Arlington.