Door alarms and security cameras are certainly valuable home security options, but they shouldn’t be the only methods you use to defend your home. Instead, think of home security like an onion, with many layers working together.

Your first step is to keep criminals from viewing your home as a target, and this starts from the street. Does your home look well kept up, with plenty of exterior lighting? Or does it provide plenty of places for criminals to hide, like tall fences and overgrown shrubs, along with windows and doors that look weak, as if they haven’t been replaced in decades? A well-kept home with few places for criminals to hide provides the best outer layer of security protection.

The second layer of defense comes as you approach the home. Are their surveillance cameras – or dummy cameras – tucked into the eaves of the home? What about visible deterrents like alarm company signs posted in the windows? Even if a criminal thinks your home might make a good target from the street, having such devices around your home – not just at the front door, but also in all the first-floor windows and side entrances – will do quite a bit to dissuade them.

What if a criminal is brazen enough to try to break in? This is where door and window alarms are essential. Such devices serve to prevent a burglar from coming any further into your home. In fact, as soon as they hear the blaring noise of an alarm, they are likely to turn and run, not wanting to be caught in the act of breaking and entering. Don’t forget about locking your doors, too. Far too many still neglect to lock their doors, even though doing so is one of the most basic security measures you can take to protect your property, by creating the first physical barrier for a thief. If you leave the door unlocked, they don’t even have to break in to breach your security defenses.

Inside your home, the final layer of security devices is intended to keep a burglar from stealing your most valuable possessions, as well as protecting your family from further harm. Add additional layers of security, such as surveillance cameras or motion detectors, around valuable possessions that can’t be hidden, such as expensive electronics. Smaller items such as jewelry, cash, and passports can be hidden in diversion safes. Even if the thief makes it into your home, a safe disguised as an ordinary household object will keep your most valuable possessions safe.

Like peeling an onion, the more layers your home security includes, the longer it’ll take the burglar to break through them. All security measures are more effective when used in conjunction with other types of barriers. The type and number of security devices you use will depend on the specific security needs of your home and family. With an array of these devices, would-be thieves become frustrated, improving your odds of not becoming a victim.

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