Safeguarding your home is a top priority for any property owner. Yet, there isn't a single, one-size-fits-all approach here. It becomes essential for homeowners to invest in a variety of security features and methods, each one providing a different type and level of safety. Using multiple methods of home protection tends to be ideal. Whatever approach you take, it's important to be proactive in order to keep your family safe.

Personal Defense Should be Accessible and Secure

Those who break in to do harm are tempted to do so no matter what the cost. Having a gun in the home may be the ideal solution for some people. You may want to invest in a hidden compartment in your home, someplace that is easily accessible, to store it. Placing it in a compartment by the bed, under a table, or behind a door utilizing a holster mount can provide you with instant access to protection.

Investing in a Home Security System

 Perhaps the most prominent method of providing protection to your family and home is to invest in a home security system. Many options are available here. Consider a system that includes motion detection, sound – to alert you of a potential intruder, and a method of connecting directly to the police station. You may also want to invest in a remoteaccess type of security system that you can turn on and off through your smartphone.

Become a Presence in Your Neighborhood

The more knowledgeable you are about your neighborhood and your neighbors, the less likely someone is to break in. For example, take the time to meet each one of your neighbors. Ensure they get to know you and your firm stance on home security. Discuss a neighborhood watch. Be sure your home looks secure from the street, such as with closed and locked windows and doors, a lack of risk points (such as broken fencing), and no obvious items to see. A big flat-screen TV that's visible from the street is a risk.

Update Your Landscaping

Keeping up with landscaping isn't just for aesthetics and curb appeal. Don't make it easy for someone to hide along your home behind the bushes. Keep those bushes away from the home if possible. Ensure the house is visible from the street. Also look at your decks. Are there areas to access your home from below them?

Light Up Your Property

Would-be thieves (and others who are likely to break in) want the easiest option available to them. If there are no lights and no way for others to see them approaching the home, then the home is far more accessible to them. Instead, add motion-sensor lights throughout the yard. Be sure there is a bright spotlight over the front door. Walk around the home and place solar-powered lights in areas where there are access points. This will ensure no one sees the home as an easy target.