Home Security: When Decor Meets Security

Choosing between function and design is a dilemma most people frequently encounter. Whether it be appliances, the latest gadgets, or even home security, you find yourself picking between aesthetics and practicality. As important as it is to keep your home and your sanctuary secure, you also don’t want it to look like something straight out of a military fortress.   For more information reach us at: http://www.rehava.com

Homes could be targeted by threats both internally and externally. In terms of external threats, burglaries and home invasions take the cake as one of the highest causes of property crime. And even though the FBI reports a 9.5% decrease in burglaries since 2019, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 

That doesn’t mean the inside of your home is devoid of any hazards. You certainly aren’t immune to household fatalities like accidental poisoning, burning, or injury, particularly if you have children living with you. The good news is, there are a couple of ways you can do to make sure your home is safe and secure without it looking like a post-apocalyptic bunker. From the outside going in, you can make sure your home is secured without sacrificing style. That means you don’t have to worry about your security measures clashing with the decor. 

Preventing Accidents At Home

If you have little ones, then childproofing your home is a surefire way to prevent accidents. You have to check for small materials they could get their hands on, are there any sharp corners on your tables and counters, small objects they could potentially choke on, and more.

When you’ve identified potential hazards, you could begin childproofing them. For instance, if you need to keep a close watch on them while you’re cooking, you could utilize a beautifully-designed and safe high chair for your little one. Keep them occupied with a child-safe toy. This prevents them from grabbing at stuff, especially sharp objects. 

If your kiddos are already running around, you could install corner guards on the edges of your tables as well as keep small items tucked away in storage bins – IKEA has minimalist bins that would seamlessly blend in with your decor. 

Childproofing your home need not require serious changes but keeping potentially hazardous materials out of your kid’s sight like using cable ties to secure any wires hanging about, ensuring drawers are locked to prevent them from rummaging through them. You could even use a baby gate, there are a lot of designs in the market that are neutral enough to match your interior.

Look At Where You Are Most Vulnerable

To defend your home against burglaries and home invasions, you need to survey your entire area first. Look at where you are most vulnerable. This could be a sliding door with no locking mechanism, flimsy door locks,  or a dark and unlit driveway that’s a prime hiding spot for felons. It could even extend to your backyard, especially if you own a pretty sizable piece of property. 

Take note of these things and think of ways on how you could reinforce them. For starters, you could try to replace all door locks or even install a deadbolt. That way you could have another line of defense against intruders. You could also install a smart security system. Lots of people think they cost a fortune, but, with all the innovations in technology, they are more affordable and discreet than you would think. 

You could make use of security cameras to monitor any suspicious activities around your house. Plus, given how some cameras are more compact now than before, they don’t have to be conspicuous. You could easily install them under a windowsill or keep them hidden amongst your shrubbery or even birdhouses. So, you don’t have to worry about it ruining your landscaping.

Know the saying out of sight, out of mind? This also applies to any expensive piece of equipment in your backyard. Don’t just leave items like that new grill set or massive stereo lying around. This entices potential thieves because if you have items like that outside, then what’s to say you won’t have more inside your home. If you have to leave them outside, then you could always go for those storage bins or buy a storage cabinet to keep them in one place.

Remember to Cover Up

One way of keeping away potential intruders is if they don’t have a front-row seat to your home. A low-key but stylish way of doing this is installing block-out curtains to protect your home from prying eyes or even the occasional nosy neighbor. Block-out curtains are designed to block out the sun’s rays but they double as a preventive measure as well and they come in a wide range of colors or designs from neutral shades to vibrant ones that could easily match your decor. 

Lights are also a great way to fool people into thinking there are people at home. You could keep them on while you’re out running errands or at work and it will make people think there is someone at home. The best part is, you don’t need to install special equipment for this and they aren’t an eyesore though you could also try to utilize one with automatic timers to ensure you don’t forget to turn them on in the event you are caught in a rush. 

Bottom Line

You need to take charge and see to it that you have all your bases covered from the outside to the inside. Don’t wait until you’ve experienced tragedy before you realize its importance. Safeguarding your home doesn’t mean you have to lug around heavy surveillance equipment or completely rearrange your landscaping and interior design. With the help of the right items, you could ensure your home is both stylish and safe. 

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Darla Newton

Darla Newton

I am an active Realtor specializing in the Douglas County /El Paso County areas. I have experience listing and selling residential properties throughout Douglas County including: Castle Rock, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Franktown, Sedalia, and Larkspur. I am currently expanding my business to; Black Forest, Monument, Colorado Springs, Peyton, Falcon, Woodland Park, Divide and Cripple Creek.