Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or want to make some upgrades, home security is always a good idea. Thanks to advances in technology, improving your home security on your own has never been easier. Our DIY home security experts are sharing some simple and effective home security improvements you can make in a weekend.
Smart Home Security
Home automation is the new standard for home security systems. Equip your home with top-of-the-line security that integrates with voice assistants giving you hands-free, worry-free security. Standalone smart wireless security cameras are ideal for smaller homes or apartments and can be installed indoors or out. For larger properties, a Google Assistant compatible 4K DVR security system combines home automation benefits with best in class video resolution.
Installing a security camera or full multi-camera system does more than just record footage if someone breaks in. Visible security cameras are also a deterrent. Learn about the different types of security cameras to find the best one for your home. Installing security cameras at any entry and exit point is an easy and important home security improvement.
Our wire-free smart security cameras are an affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice features for price. These cameras can be mounted indoors or out in less than an hour as you don’t need to worry about wiring for power.
Another easy to install and budget-friendly option is the indoor wi-fi security camera. Larger properties may warrant investing in an NVR or DVR security system. These security systems usually require more installation time but are great DIY home security improvements.
One of the most important parts of the camera installation process is making sure each camera is angled correctly and is within reach of your wi-fi connection so that you’ll receive real-time updates.
Smart Video Doorbells
The best way to keep track of what’s happening right outside your door is through a video doorbell. These devices work like a peephole, doorbell, security camera, and walkie-talkie all in one. Not only can you see who’s at your front door, but you can often see when packages are delivered. With day and night vision you can know what’s happening at any hour. Best of all you can communicate with your visitors through two-way talking technology, so it can appear as if you’re home even if you’re not. Swann’s Smart Video Doorbell is an easy home security upgrade that is easily installed. Connect the doorbell to your existing doorbell wiring, or mount it as your new front door security system.
Motion Sensors & Security Lights
Eliminating dark areas around your home is key to deterring potential intruders. Illuminating your yard exposes any convenient hiding places for burglars. There are a few different options when it comes to security lighting.
- Motion activated outdoor lights
- Floodlight security camera
Outdoor security lights are a good option but are missing a few key elements in terms of security. In contrast, a floodlight security camera includes motion activated security lights as well as a security camera. Additionally, Swann’s floodlight security camera also includes two-way audio and a siren combining an alarm, security camera, and lights to be the ultimate, all-in-one outdoor security upgrade.
Maintain & Upgrade Your Equipment As Needed
If you already have a security system installed, periodic maintenance and technology upgrades are important. For outdoor security cameras, it’s a good idea to check for spider webs and clean the camera lenses to remove any dust and debris that’s built up. Check for bugs and other critters too. No one wants to see a spider up close on their security footage. We recommend cleaning your outdoor security cameras once a year. Although outdoor security cameras are built to withstand weather such as rain, snow, or wind, after a big storm it’s worth checking nothing moved around. Additionally, if you live in an area where daylight savings is more significant it’s worth reassessing how your security cameras are angled to ensure there is no glare creating a blind spot.
Security pro tip: If it has been 5 or more years since you installed your security cameras or system, it may be time to upgrade due to general wear and tear. Not to mention how fast technology is progressing.
Make Friends with Neighbors
Another powerful home security improvement that benefits you and your neighborhood is creating a community security watch group. The larger your security network, the better. Make friends with your neighbors and you’ll each get an extra set of eyes to watch your homes. Check out these easy community safety tips to get started. A collaborative and connected community can help keep everyone’s homes a little safer.
Regardless of your property size, the key is to choose the home security upgrades that add to your peace of mind and eliminate any blind spots. In our connected world look for a security system that gives you remote monitoring so you can have eyes on your property no matter where you are.