Imagining a scenario where your family and home is being targeted by a specific individual can be an incredibly scary thought. Unfortunately, this is exactly the situation that a family located in a townhouse community faced after having a former friend attempt to burglarize their home.
After being arrested for the initial crime, the perpetrator returned to the home and proceeded to attempt to burn down the property. It created an incredibly dangerous situation where the home was destroyed and deemed unlivable until major repairs were made.
While this exact situation may be quite rare, a scenario where an individual targets a specific home or family with the intention of causing harm is unfortunately not rare at all. In this situation, it is important to understand the options that you have to protect both yourself and your loved ones.
The intention of this article is to provide advice for individuals that are presented with this scenario and are aiming to do everything in their power to prevent a burglary or potential harm from happening. Let’s take a look at some of the steps that you can take to do so:
#1 – Protect Your Home With a DIY Security System
While this may seem like obvious advice, many homeowners look over it as an option as they feel that they will not be able to afford the costs associated with a professional security system. Most full service security companies force you to sign long term contracts while also making you pay an installation fee to ensure that their systems are working properly.
Fortunately, however, there are many affordable options out there that also allow you to save money by giving you the ability to perform self-installation. You can generally purchase a high quality system for somewhere in the $200-$500 range and can even purchase additional sensors for increased functionality and protection.
These DIY security systems are generally monitored through your smart phone and rely on your home’s WiFi or broadband connection to function and transmit notifications. It should be noted that most DIY home security systems will require that you have either an iOS or Android powered smart phone to maximize functionality and deliver the necessary reliability.
When searching for a DIY security system, you will want to ensure that the system you are purchasing has the ability to effectively handle the size of your home. You will also want to make sure that you go through the exact steps outlined for proper installation to prevent reliability issues from occurring.
One of the best ways to seek out a solid DIY security system is by checking reviews from users on Amazon. This will allow you to see which options are most popular while also getting an idea for the reliability, ease of installation, and features associated with each system.
#2 – Set Up Home Security Cameras
Most DIY home security systems do not include security cameras and are instead intended only to alert you when someone has attempted to enter your home. Therefore, purchasing and setting up security cameras in certain areas surrounding the outside of your home can be extremely effective as a deterrent to burglars.
The key here for homeowners in the scenario that has been outlined is that the security cameras are visible to the potential burglar but cannot be easily reached or destroyed. Making it clear to a burglar that they will be on camera can create such a major inconvenience to their plans that they will simply avoid attempting a break-in altogether.
While security cameras can be a strong deterrent, they are generally more expensive than a DIY home security system. Even a single camera can cost in the $100-$200 range, which can make them an unrealistic option if you have several areas that you are attempting to watch over. One option, however, is to use one or two cameras in conjunction with increased lighting around the exterior of your home.
#3 – Improve the Lighting Around the Exterior of Your Home
One of the most affordable ways to protect your home is by simply improving the lighting around the exterior of your home. This can be done by both improving the quality of the lights that you currently have as well as increasing the amount of lights located around your home.
When doing this, the best plan of action is generally to ensure that all of your access doors are illuminated. Just as with security cameras, the thought of being seen can create a significant deterrent for any burglar. This option is especially useful in areas where you are surrounded by neighbors.
When placing lighting, be sure that the bulbs are protected from the possibility of being easily broken. Having two protected lights at each access door can provide a significant deterrent while also helping ensure that one bulb going out does not entirely prevent light from being shone on the area.
For the scenario that has been outlined, you will also want to be sure that the area where you or your family members will be parking is completely illuminated. This will obviously increase the chances that you will see the burglar if their intention is to harm you or your family.
The Final Word
At the end of the day, it is impossible to guarantee the prevention of a burglar entering your home if their intention is to do so at all costs. Following through with the three tips outlined in this article will provide you with a much better chance of deterring a burglar, although more extreme measures may need to be taken.
If you find yourself in a scenario where an individual is clearly targeting your home or family, be sure that you are alerting authorities of this increased possibility. You would also be wise to get a concealed carry permit to ensure that you are fully protected, although obviously not everyone is keen to carrying a weapon.