3 Upgrades for Securing Your Compound’s Perimeter

March 7, 2016 by | Be the first to comment »

Home security isn’t just a category of electronic devices than can help you monitor and secure your property. It’s a whole philosophy—a way of thinking about your personal property and preparing your family for a range of intrusions.

Ultimately, creating a truly secure home environment requires a balance of two objectives. You need to have the right resources on hand, but you also need to promote an atmosphere of vigilance. This balance is the best way to ensure that everyone in your family is ready to handle any situation.

Creating a more secure home might seem like a daunting (and expensive) task, but it requires only a few key changes. Here are three ways you can upgrade your home security without having to deplete your resources.

Security monitoring

The biggest issue with home security is that you can’t be everywhere at once, so you need an extra set of eyes to help maintain total vigilance. Most people assume that a home security system requires a huge expense and an invasive installation process. There’s also a misconception that home security is reserved for the very wealthy.

In recent years, companies like Lorex have worked to develop top-of-the-line, affordable camera systems. Perfect for outdoor surveillance, they offer fully weatherproof cameras with 1080p high definition video and long-range night-vision. Lorex also offers wireless security camera systems, making installation incredibly easy if you have a large outdoor property.

A modest appearance

Creating an appearance of modest security is one of the easiest ways to detract possible intruders from targeting your property. Don’t let your property be an advertisement for your valuables. When educating your family, make sure they understand how it important it is not to share details about your home’s amenities or security features.

Family members also need to understand the important role they play in your home’s security. That means not leaving valuables out in clear sight and making sure that doors are always locked and security protocols always in place.

Ultimately, a home security system is only as effective as the people who use it. All the gadgets in the world won’t keep someone out if the garage door is accidentally left open.

Perimeter defense

Perimeter defense is important for a few reasons. Not only does it help to keep intruders from entering your property, it also helps to define that property for anyone who might come near it — whether friend or foe.

A great place to start is with an easily installed electric security fence to detract intruders and alert you when someone is nearby. A “smart fence” solution can even collaborate with your home camera system to provide you with a visual look at any disturbances, cutting down on false positives caused by weather or wildlife.

For driveways and other points of entry, consider a solar-powered driveway monitoring system that provides constant detection and even triggers alarms and spotlights. These low profile monitors are also ideal for gardens or supply storage areas that intruders may target.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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