Majority of burglars steer clear of homes with a visible security system. If you live in a high-risk area, consider the benefits of a home security system before opting it out of your budget. Security systems can be cheaper than expected and worth the cost when the reality is that only a handful of break ins result in thieves going to jail. However, there are still people who don’t feel the need for a security system but want to take persuasions when it comes to the dangerous world we live in. Which is why I've listed 15 ways to secure a home without a security system.
1. If it’s not already obvious, lock your front door.
It’s funny because intruders usually don’t walk through the front door. In fact, according to former police officer and U.S. army Captain Alexia Chianis only 34% of thieves enter through front doors! Having your doors locked is still a good idea though, you never know if that 34% is hanging out in your neighborhood.
2. Lock your other doors and all your windows!
Without any audio or visual alarm system/surveillance, your best bet is to lock your house up! Only about 30% of burglars come through the windows or other doors (like garage doors) of a home. Including front doors, that’s a total of 64% of entry ways for a burglar to get into your house. Keeping all doors and windows locked while your away is an immediate plus for keeping your home safe! When you are home, especially when your alone, at least keep your doors locked.
3. If you’re home alone or with children, always keep a cellphone on you.
Based on a crime victimization survey by the U.S. Department of Justice, 3 out of 10 times someone is home during a burglary and 7% out of 28% of these intrusions result in violent misconduct. Having a cellphone on you during a break in will make it easier to call for help and will result in police getting to your house before anything brutally criminal takes place.
4. Keep your most prized possessions hidden or locked away in a safe.
In the circumstance that someone does break into your home, whether you’re there or not, it’s wise to keep your valuable belongings locked away. Precious, sentimental, and high-priced items such as jewelry, keep sakes, guns, camera’s, music equipment and office equipment should be kept in a separate locked up space away from master bedrooms.
5. Make sure your master bedroom is free of prized possessions.
The master bedroom is usually the first place a thief will target to steal from because this is where most people keep their most expensive things. If a burglar goes into a master bedroom with nothing to grab at, the chances of something valuable being stolen is diminished. This not only leaves the burglar confused but also gives them less time to look for something to steal. In most instances it only takes a burglar less than ten minutes to enter and exit a home with something in hand. Without anything to steal, burglars will most likely think they are running out of time and flee the home empty handed before heading to another room.
6. Get a security camera or two.
Getting a few security cameras doesn’t result in a full security system, but it does result in more security! If a home has been broken into and the burglar got away, the odds of it being broken into again by the same burglar are high. It will also be looked be vulnerable to other thieves. Having a security camera’s around will ward them off. If you absolutely can’t budge to get some cameras. A little trick is getting old security camera’s that don’t work anymore or making fake DIY security cameras to put up around your house. With the illusion of security, it’s more likely that burglars won’t bother to break in, and old thieve won’t bother re-entry.
7. Double up on locks.
Putting extra locks on doors and windows will always be a great addition to safety when your home or away on vacation. If unlocking a bunch of locks is too much of a hassle for you, consider trading traditional locks for smart locks. Never use a key again and ditch the spare key under the mat, access your home using a code instead.
8. If you have a spare key, don’t keep it at your house.
Give it to a trusted neighbor or relative to keep at their house instead. When you need your spare key, you can get it from them and eliminate all risks of having it left where potential attackers can easily find it. The smartest thing to do is keep it with you, but the second-best thing is to leave it with a friend.
9. Use peel and stick alarms.
These alarms are inexpensive compared to security and surveillance networks but still give off a warning during intrusions. Alarms like this are small enough not to be detected and loud enough to be heard by close neighbors, so you can feel comfortable in or outside of your home.
10. Replace your home mailbox with a security mailbox.
Keep mail thieves away from your holiday cards, bank statements, and personal letters by installing a security mailbox. A standard mailbox can be as cheap as ten dollars from Walmart, but will it account for stolen mail? I highly recommend spending the extra thirty dollars if you’re worried about mail thieves.
11. Keep your yard free of tools/toys.
When you have multiple things laying around in your yard, it makes it a lot easier for by passers to scope out your belongings and take things from your property when you aren’t looking. Whether it’s at night when everyone in your home is sleeping or in the middle of the day when you’re at work or school. The chances of someone stealing things from your yard are lower when there’s nothing in your yard to steal, go figure!
12. Invest in building a fence and having a gate for your yard/driveway.
Having your space enclosed will significantly decrease onlookers from coming into your yard. With a fence you don’t have to worry about the kids leaving their bikes out in the driveway or worry if someone will dismantle and take that swing set you just bought, and never have random people turning around in your driveway again!
13. Keep your house lit.
Leaving a light on at home when you’re out for the night will leave an illusion that someone is there and will influence burglars to wait and try another time to avoid being caught. Lights around your yard, or behind shrubbery will also eliminate hiding places. Without a place to hide, thieves are less likely to try breaking in because they won’t have a secure escape route.
14. Keep in touch with your neighbors and look out for each other’s property.
Criminal activity is less likely to follow through in tight knit communities where everyone looks out for each other. When neighbors are away, let them know of any fishy activity you see at their homes and communicate about them doing the same for you while you’re away on trips. This not only creates trust between you and your neighbors but ensures your property will be looked out for even without a surveillance system.
15. Make sure to turn off location services when you’re away.
You never know who could be stalking your whereabouts through social media. If you’re away on a trip, wait till you come back home to post pictures and videos. Or, if you have the “posting bug” and can’t help but do it, be sure to keep your location a secret. Don’t broadcast the dates you’ll be away either, this could potentially set up a time frame for someone to break into your home.
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1. Watering systems: Use smart watering so you don’t have to deal with finding someone to water your plants when you’re away and don’t have to sacrifice not having a garden if you don’t have time to care for it.
2. Robotic lawn mowers: How amazing would it be to wake up on your day off and not have to mow the lawn? You can! Like most smart home appliances, robotic mowers can be controlled by a mobile app that monitors all actions straight from your phone.
3. Sprinkler Controller: Yeah, a controller for your sprinklers. Also used from the comfort of your palm on a smart phone but can connect to other smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa to be controlled by voice commands.
4. Robotic Pool Cleaners: This was already a thing, but we’re closer to the days of pool boys coming to an end with this one. Why pay someone to clean your pool every week when you could make a one-time purchase for a lifetime pool cleaner?
5. Smart Mattress: Smart beds have sensors to help you fall asleep faster and more comfortably. Learn about your sleep schedule alongside your bed, now able to adjust and follow sleep patterns so you get the absolute best out of your nights rest.
6. Smart Robots for Cleaning the floors: The nifty vacuuming robot has been around for a while, which we all know as “Roomba” but what about a mopping robot? They’re a thing these days. Never have to worry about cleaning the floors again.
7. Smart Kitchen Appliances:
a. Perfect Bake Pro: if you’re a baker, this would be your best friend for all measuring. Even non-bakers would want to have a smart baking scale.
b. Smart Coffee Makers: Have coffee made and waiting for you in the morning. Skip the hassle of not having time to make your coffee and stopping at a drive through all together.
c. Wifi Crockpots: Control the temperature and time of your slow cooker from your smart phone.
d. Smart Microwave: Did you ever put something in the microwave for too long or not long enough? Start it up again. Talk to your microwave via voice command after connecting it to Amazon’s Alexa.
e. Precision Cooker: an appliance such as this actually allows you to monitor and cook food without you having to be there. Connected to WiFi, an app lets you monitor the process.
f. Smart Conventional Oven: Conventional ovens have been replacing microwaves everywhere as a healthier alternative. One smart conventional oven called “The June Oven” also has an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, and warming drawer and on top of all that you can control it from your phone! I predict these will be the next big thing in kitchen appliances.
g. Smart Refrigerator: Along with touchscreen memo boards, recipes, access to grocery lists, built in coffee makers, nutritional facts, and more, they also have built in cameras that allow you to look inside your fridge from the grocery store.
8. Thermostats: A smart thermostat can be easily controlled from outside of your home as well as indoors. It’s a hot day, want to keep the house cool for when you return? Adjust your temperature before you get home to ensure you walk into a comfortable space.
9. Smart Lighting: connect all your lights to smart devices like your phone or an Amazon Alexa speaker so they can be accessed via voice command or text. Opting for LED lights are the best option for your wallet and the environment.
10. Smart Switches: If you’re someone whose not crazy about having an Amazon Alexa speaker out on the counter at all times, or don’t want your toddlers grabbing at it, maybe you’d be better off with a smart switch. Ecobee is a company that integrated Amazon Alexa into a light switch and does everything Alexa does and more.
11. Control Panels: Much like a control switch, control panels are touchscreen tablets mounted on walls (or wherever you want) and used to control all smart devices in the home, any lighting, audio-visual appliances, temperature, and even checking your security cameras can be accessed all from this single panel.
12. Smart Remotes: If you’re not into voice commands or don’t want to fiddle with a smart phone, and don’t want to get up to check a mounted tablet on a wall-- what about a universal remote? It’s not just for your television, but also for your speakers, your lights, or any other Bluetooth appliance you own.
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13. Security Systems: Having smart security appliances are the best way to keep you and your family safe. Intruders are a rising issue in our world but so are natural impositions like flooding, leaks, and fires. Stack your options with smart locks, a home security system, surveillance cameras, sensors, and more.
When it comes to smart home devices, there are plenty of options to go around. Whether you choose to use any one of these appliances in the near future or all, you’ll have a great experience. Majority of the things listed don’t require installations but be sure to call We Are More for any system installments or products. We’d love to help!
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There are three main types of lighting;
1. Ambient lighting creates lighting that’s as natural as can be. It isn’t overpowering or straining to the eyes and covers the whole space with natural lighting.
2. Accent lighting puts attention on it’s subject. Lighting like this is usually for displaying items such as sculptures, showcased collections, or bookstands.
3. Task lighting is for none other than doing tasks. When you cook, read, or knit, task lighting shines light on what you’re doing with concentration lighting to help you do your tasks.
Then there’s different forms of lighting within each type category. Whether it’s lighting for weddings, parties, concerts, bedrooms, churches, dining rooms, offices, kitchen, or theater lighting, the following are some types that you can use to your personal preference.
4. Pin spot lighting is a form of Accent lighting, highlights certain features such as a center piece, or certain plants outdoors.
5. String lights, to hang around the venue either vertically or horizontally would be ambient lighting. Weddings typically display this type of lighting but in homes, this decoration is often found in bedrooms as a recreation of stars indoors.
6. Color wash lighting changes the tone of any landscape or room with colors. Lighting with different colors is a fun way to express different moods and play around with different hues and vibes.
7. Another fun way to do lighting is by putting stencils over the lights to create designs on backdrops, this is called gobos lighting. Fun for children’s rooms or having pretty patterns on stages or at weddings.
For any of these options it’s best to use LED lights. LED means “light-emitting diode.” They don’t heat up as much as regular lightbulbs and they don’t take up as much energy making them cost effective. They’re used as smart bulbs because they can be linked to WIFI and synced with smart home devices to turn off and on with voice commands or through certain apps.
No matter what type of lighting you use or need, there’s a form for you and all your lighting needs. Call We Are More for any lighting installations or set ups at events, theaters, weddings etc. We can make your dreams come true!
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We know boats can’t educate themselves, so We Are More does the job. Installing smart features on your water vessel is all it takes. Smart marine technology consists of everything that a smart home would, plus a few extras. Just to name a few, security systems, audio-visual systems, WiFi, radar, distress signals, autopilots, GPS, air conditioning, thermal imaging, monitors, drones, and more.
Imagine having a sonar device reachable from anywhere on the boat, or trackers for fishing. If you’re a fisherman, pulling out a phone or tablet might not be so easy on the water, good thing you can install charging and mounting devices to have electronics easily accessible.
Using a single smart device to wirelessly manage all systems on a smart boat isn’t just easier on the captain but also on his wallet. Instead of installing multiple devices for different tasks, racking up a costly amount, owners can opt for single installations that work throughout the vessel as a network. Using a single control panel or app no matter where you are.
Even after leaving a boat at its dock, people can continue to feel safe with security system installments. These systems can be accessed through any mobile smart device from anywhere in the world. Continually keep an eye on your boat while travelling, without worry. Since most boats are usually unattended it's smart to stay connected to them.
Aside from security camera’s giving off visual, you can also set up a sensor alert system that tells you if there’s activity around your boat, or if your boat is being maneuvered when you aren’t there. Security features aren’t just for intruders to get caught; you can also watch for rising tides, electrical problems on board, weather conditions and so on. Owners can also feel safe while on the water, with a control center that monitors everything from engine temperature to alerting you if the anchor is still down.
Tap into all sound controls and lighting as well. Turn up the tunes, change the songs, or shuffle your playlists through voice commands, a smart device, or control panel. Switch from dim dinner lighting on the water to neon hues in seconds or keep it casual by simply having regular lights you can turn off and on without having to flip a switch. You can also install features that’ll have everything on the boat turned on and ready to go before you step onboard.
There are almost an endless number of features that you can equip your boat with to make it smart. These fast-moving technologies are making their way to boats all over the world. Call We Are More for any estimates or installations, we have all your solutions. Having more flexibility on the ocean is a must, give it a try.
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing. She produces content to give our audience more insight and opinions on technical solutions big and small.