The new year is here, and with it comes the time to make New Year’s Resolutions. While your resolutions may involve something like more frequent trips to the gym or stretching yourself in some other way, make sure also to include decisions that help keep your home and your family safer in 2018. Here are a couple of suggestions.
1) Beef Up Your Locks
If you haven’t yet, there’s no better time than now to make sure the locks in your home are safe and secure. Of course, your doors already have locks, but are they good enough? And how do you know if your locks are reliable? While you may be tempted to spring for the most expensive bolts, money is not the only indication that a lock is sturdy and ideal for high security. Make sure the locks you have are the best for you and your home.
2) Don’t Forget Your Windows
Many people spend a lot of money to make sure their doors and locks are in tip-top shape, and then ignore other parts of the house, such as windows. Because of this oversight, windows are often a house’s weaker points. Usually, any burglar will tell you that an open or weak window is just as good as a door. So, when you’re beefing up the doors, make sure to check the locks on your windows as well. And then, don’t forget to lock them!
3) Meet Your Neighbors
Locks are essential, but they aren’t the only thing keeping your home safe. Another strong defense comes from having eyes watching out for you. In many cases, those eyes can be found in the houses up and down your street. Getting to know your neighbors is not only necessary when you need to borrow a cup of sugar; enlisting others to help watch your home while you’re away can help when it comes to suspicious activity or natural emergencies.
4) Install a Home Security System
Locks, sturdy doors, and windows are necessary, but they’re not the only pieces when it comes to building a completely protected household. Installing something comprehensive like a home security system can provide you with an even better level of protection. Depending on the system, there are many options available.
There are security systems that can be monitored by you as well as outside parties, systems that allow you to watch rooms in your house remotely, and even programs that connect with emergency personnel without you having to lift a finger. All of these things can help ensure you and your family are protected, no matter what comes your way.
5) Get a Video Doorbell
Speaking of monitoring and remote viewing, installing a video doorbell is another way to keep yourself safe. With this high technology, you can see who comes to your door without having to answer it. In fact, you don’t even have to be at home. When the doorbell rings, you receive a notification, regardless of where you are. Some video doorbells also allow you to talk with the person at the door through an exterior speaker, making that person think you are at home, even when you’re a thousand miles away.
6) Put in a Fireproof Safe
Many people don’t have a dedicated space for their most valuable possessions. A fireproof safe can be your answer. Typically speaking, it helps to protect these items — which could include jewelry, cash, or documents such as passports — if your other security options fail. And being fireproof, you have an extra level of safety in the case of a fire. Many of these safe options are also waterproof, helping to protect your items in the event of just about any disaster that nature throws your way.
7) Install Smart Options
The newest technological wave has come in the form of “smart” options. These are devices that connect to the internet and can be controlled through various platforms such as Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa or Siri. With this technology, the devices mentioned above, such as the video doorbell, the home security system and the remote monitoring tools, can be controlled and programmed by a central node that works with you to help monitor your property. Things such as lights can also be programmed or controlled, letting you give your home that “lived-in” look, even if you’re not there at the time.
New Year’s Resolutions can be a time for changes and new beginnings. As you are considering what you want to improve about yourself and your life, don’t forget to think about your home as well. By spending a few minutes planning out your home security options now, you can help ensure a safe and happy 2018 for you and your family.
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