If you’re a new homeowner, you probably have a lot on your mind.

New bills to pay, new homeowner costs, moving you and your loved ones in…the list of things to deal with is too large. With all of this on your mind, anything you can cross off your list is probably needed.

One of the things you don’t want to worry about is security. Purchasing a new home comes with its own set of security questions. How is your neighborhood? Does the home have already have a security system? What are your home’s safety shortcomings ? All these questions add onto an ever increasing list of worries.

We’ve take some of the guesswork out of home security and prepared a list of some things you can do around the house. Instead of having to come up with the solutions, instead deal with implementing these tools. Give yourself the peace of mind you need and, more importantly, keep you and your loved ones safe.

Identify blind spots in the home.

Each home has locations you just can’t keep tabs on. If it’s a backdoor or an attic window, there are just some places that are out of sight and out of mind. Criminals know this. This helps them when they begin to make plans for your home. Don’t fall victim to this line of attack. Instead, be thorough and identify any problematic areas in your house. This means identifying vulnerable windows, doors, and potential climbing structures close to the home.Surveillance cameras are a great tool to keep those blind spots monitored. Identifying the blind spots can help you optimize the placement of surveillance cameras, giving you greater visibility within your home. Ideally, you would want to place the cameras fairly close together. This should give you a complete picture of your house’s interior. Don’t leave any sensitive areas unmonitored, as this may leave you susceptible to criminal activity.

Leave strategic lights on.

Many criminals look for empty homes to prey on. Criminals spend a lot of time and effort to know what your patterns are. This helps them identify when your home is not occupied. You won’t be able to defend yourself if they are able to pin your schedule down precisely.

Leaving lights on decreases your chance of criminals breaking into your home. It’s a very small step, but it is surprisingly effective. Turning the lights off makes people think you’re not home. The ultimate goal of great home security is to dissuade invaders from entering the home. Therefore, keeping certain lights on will deter the likelihood of an invasion on your home.

Be smart about which lights you turn on as well. Living room lights may be obvious, but leaving a bedroom light may help. Find a bedroom that faces the road and leave the light on inside. This lets potential thieves think someone is awake and vigilant. Also, this prevents you from leaving your own bedroom light on since you probably turn it off to sleep (or so we’re assuming).

Check window and door strength.

When talking about home security, it’s important to identify the most open points of your home. This means identifying vulnerable places such as doors and windows. If you are security minded, you need to make sure your doors and windows are prepared for an attack.

A great way to do this is by checking out what your doors and windows are made of. For instance, your current windows may have simple plates of glass installed. You could replace these with tempered, laminated, or even bulletproof glass. These glass variations make it much more difficult to break into the home through a window. Similarly, make sure your door is made of a strong material as well. Wooden doors may be more open to violent break ins as opposed to maybe a vinyl or even steel door.

While you’re at it, check the locking mechanisms of both the windows and the doors. Make sure they are quality locks. Some door and window installation teams install bad locks. Put in the time and research to find good locks. Once you’ve done this, make sure to install these new locks in your doors and windows where applicable.

Invest in a home security system.

Getting a security system is the best thing you can do. While Allwire is obviously biased, the perpetual vigilance of a home security system is unparalleled. If someone is tenacious enough, they will find some way into your home. If that happens, a security system will alert the proper authorities almost immediately.

Security systems incorporate a lot of features into its basic operations. This can include a variety of sensors that monitor the condition of the home. Some of the features included are motion detectors, temperature detectors, and sound monitors. Also, a security system will go off immediately upon invasion. By the time a criminal successfully disarms an alarm, authorities would have been notified and on their way.

Another benefit of security systems is the comprehensive integration of the above steps. An automated security system can keep track of open windows, open doors, surveillance cameras, and lighting. These automated systems can beam updates to a multitude of devices. You don’t have to be beholden to small monitor on the side of your home. Instead, get live updates from the comfort of a computer or mobile device. Activate lights, lock windows, and more with the push of a button.

AllWire USA believes in all of this passionately. That’s why we offer a plethora of options to keep you and your loved ones safe. Our team of experts has created a variety of home security systems. We truly care about your safety and offer many tools to give you the satisfaction of a safe home. If you’re ready to invest in home security, get in contact with us today!

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