A sense of safety and security is the foundation upon which we build our lives. While life provides no real guarantees, we all want to do everything in our power to protect ourselves and our families. Rising crime statistics and sensationalistic news stories contribute to people feeling afraid. However, fear can often prove to be as destructive as the things we fear, so there are some positive steps you can take to reduce fear while increasing safety.
The old-fashioned concept of neighborhood watches has gone high tech with the emergence of online neighborhood associations. For neighbors who work different shifts or have busy schedules and aren’t able to plan or attend meetings in person, this is a great way to connect, stay informed, and participate in help keeping your neighborhood safe. People are using these sites in greater numbers every day to report crime, organize community activities, and arrange house-sitting coverage during vacations. An engaged and aware community with a common goal of reducing crime through mutual cooperation is one of the most effective tools for creating a sense of neighborhood safety. It’s also low-cost in that it requires only your time.
Loyal and Protective Pets
Many people love dogs, and find that one of the fringe benefits of owning one is that dogs often alert their owners when a stranger is approaching the house. The sound of a barking dog has deterred many a potential burglar. If you’re thinking of getting a dog for protection, there are certain breeds recommended by expert dog trainers that possess the strength and the temperament to excel as loyal watchdogs. There is some initial investment in purchasing and training your dog, as well as the cost of food and veterinary care, but most people find the emotional benefits well worth it. However, not all breeds that are suitable as watchdogs make appropriate family pets for those with young children. Smaller dogs can still provide first response warnings of intruders, but many never quite learn that the mail carrier doesn’t pose a grave threat.
Lights and Cameras
Investing in motion sensor lights is a relatively inexpensive way to both be alerted when someone comes onto your property and avoid potentially dangerous accidents. Mass production has also made security cameras an affordable choice for people to install in strategic locations to alert them of any unusual or suspicious activity on less visible parts of their property. Combined with a software app, cameras can provide live streaming footage straight to a smart phone. Lights and cameras are now included in most high tech security systems.
Today’s smart home security systems are truly amazing. Utilizing complex software, they are capable of sending the owner a text message whenever a window or door is opened, even without arming the system first. Many systems are now combined with home automation technology that allows lights, appliances, and all electronic devices to be accessed remotely or pre-programmed according to your family’s schedule. A Northstar home alarm system allows you to have 24/7 monitoring and a fast response time when you need help.
Look for any weaknesses with your home and make changes accordingly. Landscaping can be one of those weaknesses if it provides a hiding place rather than a barrier. The best security systems utilize a combination of hardware, software, and active community involvement. Helping one another stay safe and secure is what community is all about.