5 Ways to Help Keep the Outside of Your Home Safe

Mar 5, 2019 | Homeowner Tips

Did you know that a robbery happens every 15 seconds somewhere in America?

No matter how safe of an area you live in, it’s crucial to take measures to ensure your home is protected in the event of a potential break-in. Many criminals target homes after already visiting the area to identify patterns, such as when people are away from home, which homes have outdoor lighting, and other potential weaknesses.

The first step to protecting your home is to take a walk around the property. Are you able to identify those weaknesses? What steps can you take to deter criminal activity before it takes place?

In this post, we’ve identified 5 ways to help keep the outside of your home safe.

1. Fencing

While most people install fencing for privacy reasons, they’re also a great deterrent to would-be criminals. Consider fences that are tall and not easy to climb over or break through. Make sure to secure your fence gates, too. Make sure it has a lock or latch or that it self-closes.

2. Timed lighting at the front door

A popular home automation option for many homeowners is the ability to schedule your front door or porch light to automatically turn on at a certain time — whether you’re home or not. A potential burglar may be more inclined to target a home that doesn’t have any lighting because they’ll be better able to cloak their activities. A light that illuminates the front door — the most common entry point of home break-ins — could help to stop a burglar in their tracks.

3. Motion detector flood lighting

In addition to timed lighting at the front door, consider placing motion detector flood lights in a number of places around your home, including near the garage and the back and sides of your home — any place that might be easy for a person to hide.

4. Security cameras

It’s been reported that more home break-ins take place during the day. That old familiar image of an intruder lurking around in the middle of the night is actually the exception to the rule: Break-ins are 6% more likely to occur during the day between 6am-6pm while people are at work or running errands. Install a security camera so that you can keep an eye on things when you’re away from home. Video doorbells are a popular choice because you can see, hear and speak to anyone at your front door.

5. Store expensive items like grills, bikes and tools in the garage

When you leave valuables out in the open they become easy targets for criminals — especially since they won’t have to enter your home to get them.

EMC Security offers a number of ways to protect your home, from security cameras to motion detectors and home automation features.

To learn more about EMC’s home security options, give us a call today at 770.963.0305.

5 Ways to Help Keep the Outside of Your Home Safe