Securing the Exterior of your Home

on Thursday, 31 July 2014.

When you hear 'home security' what comes to mind? Security systems designed just for the interior of a home? While a security system can do a lot to keep intruders out, the right outdoor lighting can do a lot to keep problems from arising in the first place.

Lighting is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to protecting home and property. Burglars love the darkness and feed on creeping around in the shadows. A poorly lit home reads like an invitation for them to commit a robbery. There is no such thing as having too much lighting inside and outside your home.

Strategically placing outdoor lights can deter potential intruders. Criminals do not want to be identified which is why they target property that offers them the most protection from neighbors and passersby.

Here are 5 tips to consider when securing your exterior:

1. Install motion sensors

Nothing startles a burglar and stops them dead in their tracks better than an exterior light suddenly flipping on as they are snooping around. When you install exterior lighting that operates on motion sensors, it gives the appearance that someone is home – even when no one is there.

2. Use light timers

Timers operate on the same principle as motion sensors. They offer a burst of light inside your home at opportune times. It combines nicely with exterior lights to create the illusion that your house is occupied at times when you are away. The important thing is to use variation concerning when the lights switch on and off. Light timers should not offer predictability. Program the timers so they alternate between different rooms every few minutes each night.

3. Put lights out of reach

Install exterior lights on the corners of your house that can shine in more than one direction. With easy to reach lights, such as porch lights, it takes virtually no time at all for a burglar to simply unscrew bulbs, cut wires or otherwise tamper with them. Most burglars are not going to take the time to climb a ladder and disable lights. Their goal is to not draw attention to themselves.

4. Use multiple lights everywhere

Installing multiple lights works wonders in keeping your house and your entire yard well lit. Using more lights inside and outside sends the right message to burglars and lets them know your residence is off limits.

5. Choose energy saving bulbs

Meeting your lighting needs for protecting your home does not come cheap and your energy bill will naturally rise when you use multiple lights on your residence. One of the best options for cutting costs is to purchase and use energy saving light bulbs for your indoor and outdoor lights.

You can find a variety of LED lights and other types of energy saving light bulbs that use more efficient technology than a typical incandescent or fluorescent lamp. Not only do these light bulbs cost less to operate, they also have a longer life. It means you save money in more ways than one because you will spend less time replacing burnt out light bulbs during the year.

Hope these tips help you in securing the exterior of your home. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.