1. Invest in your home’s protection
Investing in the protection of your home is also an investment in your community. When you implement a comprehensive home security system, you’re not only deterring invasions at your property, but you’re also helping to keep possible thieves out of your neighborhood. Fortunately, today’s smart homes supply more security devices than what you had in the past. You can have smart lighting illuminate automatically - a great benefit when you’re not home - and even view footage from your surveillance cameras straight from your smartphone. Some outside cameras and video doorbells even have integrated preventive measures to ward off intruders. Linking your home to round-the-clock monitoring professionals is another important step and helps ensure an instant response if an emergency arises.
2. Get to know your neighbors
You may be amazed by the number of people who truly don’t know their neighbors. Forming a support network within your neighborhood is crucial. You’ll be able to handle minor tasks for each other, like keep up with the mail on family getaways, watch animals, and even take note of unusual activity. Some neighborhood communities might have their own social networking site. Make certain you’ve joined, as this is a great way to stay in the know about what’s happening in your area.
3. Maintain your property
There’s something to be said about pride of ownership, but taking care of your property has a safety component as well. An untidy yard could be enticing to would-be invaders, as it conveys you may be lax about your home’s security as well. Furthermore, wild trees and hedges near entrance points can create unintended hiding spots. Keep your yard properly groomed, and consider using outdoor cameras to closely look after your perimeter. Combining your security cameras with motion-detecting lights is another fantastic idea.
4. Avoid sharing more than you need to on social networks
You don’t want to encourage criminal behavior by circulating too much on online platforms. Never announce that you are going to be away from home, as you don’t really know who’s going to be reading your post. As an alternative, keep this info confidential with trusted neighbors and family members who will be watching over your property.
Help keep your Houston neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have a few ideas on how to keep your Houston neighborhood safe, it’s time to take the next step. Contact (713) 597-3506 today to learn how you can improve your home’s defense. A skilled Vivint representative is happy to help you customize a modern and responsive smart home.