1. Invest in your property’s security
Investing in the protection of your home is also beneficial to your community. By setting up a comprehensive home security system, you’re not only dissuading crime at your residence, but you’re also helping to keep potential intruders out of your neighborhood. Luckily, contemporary smart homes give you more flexibility and security than what you had in the past. You can have smart lighting turn on automatically - a fantastic feature when you’re not home - and even check video camera recordings right from your smartphone. Some exterior surveillance devices and doorbell cameras even have integrated preventive measures to scare off intruders. Linking your property to a round-the-clock monitoring staff is another vital step and helps ensure an instant response if a crisis arises.
2. Build relationships with your neighbors
You might be amazed by the number of people who really aren’t close to their neighbors. Establishing a network of support within your community is crucial. You’ll be able to do things for one another, like bring in the mail on vacations, watch animals, and even take note of suspicious activity. Some neighborhood communities may have their own social media page. Make sure you’re connected, as this is a great way to stay informed about what’s taking place in your area.
3. Don’t neglect your property
There’s real value in having pride of ownership, but taking care of your property has a safety component as well. An untidy yard could be appealing to potential intruders, as it indicates you might be careless about your home’s safety as well. Additionally, overgrown trees and shrubs near entrance points can produce unintended hiding spots. Keep your yard neat and tidy, and consider using video cameras to keep close watch of your surroundings. Combining your outdoor surveillance with motion-sensing lights is another fantastic idea.
4. Avoid sharing more than you need to on social websites
You don’t want to attract illegal behavior by sharing too much info on social media. Never publicize that you will be out of town, as you never know who’s going to be reading your post. As an alternative, keep these details confidential with trusted neighbors and family members who will be taking care of your property.
Help keep your Columbia neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have a few ideas on how to keep your Columbia neighborhood safe, it’s time to act. Dial (803) 921-0946 today to learn how you can bolster your home’s protection. A skilled Vivint agent is happy to help you customize a state-of-the-art smart home.