If you are a homeowner, you need to ensure it is protected at all times - especially when you are away. Research shows that homes are most vulnerable during the holiday seasons and during the times it is vacant. According to the FBI, nearly two out of three residence burglaries happen during the day. This is because thieves know that most homeowners take off to work, school, or attend to other business. So, what are the ways you can be sure that your home is safe?
Know your neighbors
It is always good to develop a good relationship with neighbors so they can watch over your home, and can trust you to watch over theirs. You can let your neighbor know if you are going on vacation, so that they become more vigilant, just in case. However, this only applies to people you can trust. The last thing you want to do is to let someone you don’t know well enough know that your home is free to come into.
Get a guard dog
A dog that guards your house is traditionally one of the best deterrent mechanisms. Good guard dogs are very protective and are a threat to anyone that is unfamiliar and steps on your turf. The fear of an unleashed dog is a real thing among the criminals trying to rob empty homes, to the extent that the dog itself may not even be present to get that fear piercing the minds of the criminals. Putting up a “Beware of dog” sign that you can buy online may just do the trick! The icing on the cake would be one of Amaryllo cameras with an intruder alarm sound customized as a dog barking mp3 file.
Secure your entrances
Proven and effective, the simplest solution to a break in threat - good ol’ locks. While most people lock the common entrances and their less-used counterparts like backyard entrances, homeowners tend to disregard less obvious openings like the windows. So make sure that your windows are just as breach-proof, using steel bars or window locks. It’s also worth mentioning that your back door should be just as solid against thieves as your front door.
Make sure thieves know you’re watching
Sometimes it is better to keep the lights on to make it look like the home is not vacant. However, this affects your electricity bill. Another way to achieve a similar result is by installing a security camera. Whether inside or outside of your home, a security monitoring device may just be what’s enough to make the burglars-to-be instantly regret their decision to walk onto your property. With its auto-tracking feature, cameras like Ares can follow the motion of people approaching your property constantly, and a loud “hello” towards a movement that Ares makes (or whatever sound you want it to play, it is customizable) means that the thieves are immediately notified that they are on camera. Most of the time, they turn around right there and then.
Speed up your response time
On an off chance that the burglar’s face isn’t captured on camera, you can make sure to act immediately by getting a professional to watch over your property. There are many services on the market that provide monitoring via sensors, cameras, and other means of protection. Yet, most of the security providers require you to install extensive and expensive equipment, and their fees are pretty high.
With Amaryllo's 24/7 Professional Monitoring, you can get complete protection and have a response mechanism to any threat, be it a fire hazard or intrusion. Under this protection plan, you can rest assured that our monitoring center will be on the lookout for a fire alarm, be it visual fire detection through our camera’s computer vision, or smoke alarm identified by our sound classification. The same applies to any intrusion clues such as glass breakage or unknown person on-premise*.
*These features are currently under development and subject to changes. To learn more, visit the 24/7 professional monitoring section on our website.
Make sure your home doesn’t need you to be present to be protected.