Home is where close family and friends are, and a place that we can feel comfortable. It can be hard to feel comfortable when we know that our homes are unsafe, especially knowing that there have been a reported 2376 unlawful entries into homes with intent in Townsville (1). With that being said, only 83 people per 100,000 do these crimes (1), so the threat is relatively low, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it could happen. To reduce the likelihood of break-ins occurring, there are many precautions that can be taken, with some being simple, and some that require setup. This article will outline four effective ways to improve home security.

1. Lock your doors

A fundamental of keeping your home secure is simply locking your doors and windows. The most common method of entry is through an unlocked door, with 40% of criminals stating that was their method of entry, and 28% through an unlocked window (2). Locking your doors and windows when your home is vacant, when only your children are home, and during the night is very effective, and should be the first thing you do. It doesn’t cost anything to do, so why not do it.

2. Security lighting

The purpose of security lighting is to deter unwanted guests from trying to enter your home. They are often operated via a motion sensor in a set area. The unwritten rule for security lighting is to position them to illuminate the area that you want to be visible by other people. This is so other people and neighbours can see if someone is doing something suspicious. 22.8% of criminals stated that sensor lights outside a property would deter them from attempting to enter a property. Thus an excellent way to deter people from entering your property.

3. Indoor timer lights

The purpose of indoor lights on a timer is to give the illusion that someone is home. This is especially useful for when you and your family go away on holiday. 19.3% of criminals said that having lights on inside of a house would deter them from entering a property(2), proving its effectiveness. It also can make your holiday more relaxing, as you can focus on having a good time with a drink on the beach, rather than worrying about whether your home is secure.

4. Security cameras

The presence of security cameras can act as a deterrent because it can increase the fear in being caught. According to a study by the University of North Carolina, 50.3% of burglars said that outdoor cameras were a deterrent and they were more likely to go to another property (3). CCTV also helps the police in finding the burglar in the case that your house does get broken into. Overall, installing security cameras is an effective way to improve home security.

In 2020 TropicAir Electrical will be supplying and installing a range of security lighting combined with security cameras. Get in touch today to learn about our range of security solutions!

All in all, there are many precautions you can take to help secure your home. Some can be done straight away, such as locking doors and windows, and other methods require help from your local electrician.

If you don’t have security cameras or security lighting, we at Tropic Air offer sensor security lights that double as security cameras, and we offer them and their installation at affordable prices. For more information and a quick quote, give us a call or send us an email at justin@tropicairelectrical.com.au.

Sources:

(1)https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/townsville/queensland-crime-statistics/

(2)https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi489

(3)https://airef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BurglarSurveyStudyFinalReport.pdf

 

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