A Step-By-Step Guide to Securing Your Home Properly
Securing your home properly is essential to keeping yourself, your loved ones and your possessions safe and protected.
However, with so many different security accessories available and different ways to integrate them, where do you start and how do you ensure that you have the optimal measures in place?
Take a look at this quick step-by-step guide to cover all areas of your property and to get the greatest benefit from your home security system.
Step 1 - The Perimeter
The perimeter of your property is the first and probably the most important means of defence against criminal elements.
Firstly, it is important to ensure that the actual wall or fence is intact and doesn’t have any holes or gaps that will allow intruders to pass through.
You also need to make sure that access to your property cannot be gained by scaling the wall or fence.
To optimise your perimeter security, electric fencing is highly recommended.
Laser beams placed around the interior of the wall are also useful in setting off an alarm should an intruder manage to breach your perimeter.
Step 2 - Perimeter Access Control
Controlling who can enter and exit your property with or without your permission is the next step in enhancing the security features on your property.
Electronic or motorised gates are preferable as these prevent regular locks from being breached easily while giving you total control over who can enter your property.
Audio-visual intercom gate stations allow you to hear and see who wants to gain access before admitting them.
Step 3 - Monitoring and Surveillance
Closed circuit television monitoring and surveillance systems have become much more popular for home use over the past few decades.
This involves the placement of cameras around the exterior and interior of the structure that sends a live video feed to a dedicated monitor.
This allows you to view what is happening in and around your property at all times.
Technological advancements in this field now allow for remote viewing via a phone or laptop.
This gives you the full benefit of surveillance no matter where you are, 24 hours a day.
Live feeds can also be recorded and cameras can feature night viewing as well as motion sensors.
Step 4 - Doors and Windows
The doors and windows in your home provide the easiest access point to the actual structure.
A magnetic reed switch that alerts you when a door or window has been opened is essential.
The locks on your doors should also be upgraded to newer models that are more difficult to pick or break.
For the ultimate in home security, keyless electronic or biometric systems are available that use fingerprints, facial recognition, and codes or passwords to allow entry.
Step 5 - Interior Home Security
If your interior security system alerts you of the presence of someone in your home, it means that all your other security measures have been breached and need to be upgraded.
Motion detectors that set off an alarm are the most common and popular choice for interior home security.
The system allows you to activate and deactivate certain areas in your home that act as an alert whether you are there or not.
Step 6 - Security Safe
This is the last form of security that should be put in place.
If in the event that an intruder does break into your home, having an appropriate security safe will protect your valuable belongings.
If your valuables are in plain sight upon entering your home, a burglar would be able to steal these items without much trouble.
Having your valuables locked in a security safe buy you more time, allowing time for a response service to attend and hopefully apprehend the intruder.
Step 7 - Security Response
It is highly recommended to have your entire security system linked to a local security company that will be alerted and respond to any breaches detected in the system.
You can even hire a security company that will monitor the property through the CCTV camera surveillance measure that you have put in place for additional security and peace of mind.
If you have any questions about home security systems or any of the products and services that we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at iCam Security on 1300 004 226. We will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.