Home security when used properly should be a thorough network of tools and preventative measures working together to keep you, your family, and your home safe and secure. A good security system doesn’t always come in a box, but rather is the sum of a variety of small and simple precautions. There is no catch-all when it comes to home security and there are always additional supplements that can bolster your security system. Even if you have an all inclusive security system there are a lot of ways to further secure your home. Here we’ll look at some easy ideas that you can implement to keep your home and family safe.
Get a Guard Dog
Owning a dog can be a great way to deter intruders and give you some advance warning if there is an intruder. You don’t need the toughest dog around but you do need your dog to be well trained and loyal. If you have young children it is important to find a dog breed with a mild temperament and ensure that it is comfortable and not aggressive around your children. Most breeds will work fine as a backup alarm system but some breeds may be better suited for home security because of their protective nature and natural loyalty.
Prepare for Self Defense
A personal firearm is one form of security that can be effective in protecting your family in a dangerous situation. If you do purchase a firearm be sure to take the appropriate training courses to be able to use it safely and always keep it locked up in a secure gun safe. If you are squeamish about the fatal potential of a gun there is a wide assortment of non-lethal ammunition available. Additionally there are a number of non-lethal firearm alternatives like pepper spray or tasers that can be equally effective in thwarting a home invasion.
Join the Neighborhood Watch
One great preventative measure for home security is to maintain an active presence in the security and protection of your neighborhood. Joining or creating a neighborhood watch is a great way to get your neighborhood interested and active about home security. Doing so will both discourage theft and crime in your neighborhood as well as help you develop positive relationships with your neighbors. Good neighbors can be one of the greatest assets in supplementing your home security and you never know when you’ll need them.