Securing your home is becoming increasingly difficult. It’s not just cell phones that can be hacked, but also powerpoints in Singapore. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to deter intruders and protect themselves.
Here are some of the best security solutions in Singapore to protect your home:
1) Use security lights around the house that light up at night when motion is detected and turn off automatically after 1 hour of no activity (such as cars passing by).
2) Install an outdoor security camera to keep an eye on your home at all times.
3) Change the locks in your home. You can use a deadbolt lock that requires both a key and a coded keypad.
4) Install an indoor security system that detects when the front door is opened. For added security, install a peephole hidden camera to monitor the outside of the house from the inside.
5) Install CCTV cameras but only use them for surveillance purposes and not for keeping footage in case of burglaries as footage can be obtained easily by intruders.
6) Request for additional personnel in your safety department to stay overnight in case there is a missing person report or any emergency situation occurs after normal office hours.
7) Request for a security guard to patrol your neighborhood on a daily basis.
8) Install an alarm system that is linked to the police and/or fire department. It will notify the authorities if there is an intrusion attempt or burglary at your house and you can choose who should respond to the alarm based on the type of alarm system (if it’s a fire alarm, you could choose between the fire department or police).
9) Do not keep large sums of money on your bedside table or couch drawers as it can be easily removed from there with ease. Instead keep it hidden in one of your boxes, safes, or lockers.
10) Install your own home security system as opposed to using a centralized one.
11) Leave the lights on all night so that intruders will be surprised in the morning.
12) Lock your bathroom by sliding a heavy object, such as a book, onto the bathroom door so intruders will be temporarily delayed from opening your door.
13) Install double doors (as in front and back doors) instead of having only one. You can also fit two deadbolts to make sure that only you have a key.
14) Lock all entrances and staircases with a sturdy lock or chain and use padlocks instead of just using simple ones as they are harder to break into.
15) Keep a camera or a cell phone in your purse, pocket, or car to take pictures of the potential intruder. Use it as evidence against them and make sure that you give the authorities a copy for their database.
16) Hire an adviser to evaluate your home’s security system and get suggestions on how you can improve it.
17) If you need more ideas, talk with an expert at SIA Alarm Solutions and find out more about surveillance cameras, security guards, locksmiths, and more.
18. Don’t leave keys under mats or on the refrigerator door.
19) Use a deadbolt lock instead of a chain lock.
20) Practice safe Internet and computer habits by not clicking on links you don’t recognize and deleting suspicious emails. If you choose to reply, do so when you are at home and not at the office or in public because there might be a hacker out there who can see your screen and track your location.
The rise in home break-ins not only occurs in areas that are exposed to dark alleys and poorly lit streets but also comes from the weakest link in home security, the people living within. We have seen that burglaries usually occur when the victim is out of town, on holiday or when they are asleep. While you cannot be with your house 24/7, you can implement safety measures to deter intruders and ward off would-be thieves.