There’s not an easier way to make intruders look like dumb and dumber than a well-prepared household with a smart security system. While having a good neighborhood is an added bonus to pleasant living, planning your home defense is one of the practical ways you can do for your family.
Here are 10 ways to secure your home without making it appear like a fortress (note that these security tips don’t cover if you’re a renter):
(1) Don’t build high walls. High walls in the Philippines are associated with the wealthy, so unless it’s absolutely necessary, keep your perimeter simple but show enough prominence that you value privacy. Remember, the less attractive your home is to burglars, the safer it is for the whole household.
(2) Don’t keep valuables inside. It is always a good idea to store your wealth somewhere safe where they are protected by an agency. So, keep your priceless possessions offsite and out of reach of intruders.
(3) Secure your air conditioner. An air conditioner commonly requires a large hole on the wall that even an over-sized thief can sneak in and see what’s inside, so put an extra security around it to secure the whole unit.
(4) Avoid large dog door. Although, this is not commonly practiced in the Philippines, take extra care when installing a dog door, because a decided intruder can always mimic your pet and crawl his way in.
(5) Avoid installing glass near your doorknob. A glass can easily add up to an elegant home design but installing it near your doorknob can give a welcoming clue for an intruder to smash it and reach for your doorknob.
(6) Install security lighting. Intruders always love to stay in the shadows, so install a strong lighting system in your outdoor surroundings to dishearten them. A well-placed security lighting also enables your family to enjoy the outdoor fixtures of your property at night, helps avoid accidents, and even magnifies your property’s aesthetic landscape at sundown.
(7) Create an open space. Open spaces are always a good way to make intruders hesitant to break cover and expose themselves, so avoid shrubbery where strangers can easily camouflage their way to your house.
(8) Get a watchdog. While every dog has a good instinct of keeping strangers at bay, a watchdog can give an added advantage to your home security because they are trained to defend the whole household.
(9) Don’t display valuables. Valuables are hot stuffs and can entice a thief, upon seeing them, to calculate his earnings and plan his way in, so be careful not to leave your valuables in the open where passers-by can easily notice them.
(10) Don’t reveal your security system. Keep outsiders guessing, so don’t display security stickers in obvious places of your property where intruders can easily notice and get a clue of any security weakness.
What is your experience with home defense in the Philippines? Feel free to share it in the comment section.