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American culture emphasizes the importance of being “proactive,” as opposed to “reactive.” For example, dentists often ask their patients to floss to protect against cavities. From dental offices to high school football fields, “the best defense is a good offense” strategy is applied, but it is still missing in a few crucial areas of our society, such as home security.
Every day, individuals strive to avoid large threats to their oral hygiene through brushing, flossing, etc. Although these tasks are seemingly menial, together they create an arsenal that can fend off more serious issues. On a more crucial platform, burglaries are one of the most common threats to homeowners in the United States, but only one out of every nine residences has a security system. (Can you imagine if only every one out of nine people brushed their teeth… Yikes!)
All jokes aside, if one wants to prevent against cavities and other oral problems, they need to follow their dentist’s preventive orders; if one wants to avoid a home burglary, they must follow security specialists’ instructions.
Below are six tried-and-true methods that will enable you to keep your dwelling safe for years to come—from the mouths of security experts themselves.
1) Alarm System
An alarm system can deter burglars from targeting a home. The one thing to keep in mind, though, is that alarm systems are largely reactive—they send an alert after a break-in has occurred. Due to this fact, an alarm system should be accompanied by additional proactive security measures.
2) Home Security Cameras
Although a thief might pray on a home with an alarm system, they are more likely to think twice if they see outdoor security cameras. Top security experts recommend that home security cameras are used throughout one’s indoor space, so if a burglar does enter, you can record their every move. Some of the best locations for indoor cameras are large common spaces and stairways.
3) Motion Activated Lights
It’s not uncommon for a thief to “scope” out a property before they break in. Fortunately, robbers can be kept at bay with motion activated lights. When they get too close, the lights flash on, exposing the robber and/or scaring them off.
For this purpose, any automatic light will do, but floodlights are easy to find at home improvement stores, and they provide a wide viewing area when they are triggered.
4) Smart Door Locks
Everyone has experienced the dropping feeling in their chest when they drive away from home, trying to remember if they locked their doors. With smart door locks, individuals can rest assured that their home is always locked—making their morning commute much more pleasant.
5) A Remote Light Switch
Leaving a light on alerts burglars that you are home. However, individuals sometimes forget to turn on their porch light, living room light, etc., when it is dark out. With a remote light switch, one can make sure their home is illuminated at night.
6) Complete a Home Security Checklist
Home security checklists are available online, and they can point out vital flaws in your security plan. These lists review many of the tenants introduced in this article, but they also delve further into home security measures, such as how to project your garage.
No matter if you’re at the dentist trying to avoid a root canal or at home trying to prevent a burglary, proactivity is essential. Although missing one night of flossing might not be the end of the world, forgetting to lock your door one time could be the difference between a peaceful night of sleep and a stressful break-in. Invest in yourself and your security—take the time to create a proactive plan that protects against theft before it has the chance to occur.
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