Being a parent is a scary thing sometimes. We are the guardians between the sometimes not-so-nice world and our kids. We have to keep our walls strong against those who want into our homes. I have always thought that here in Orlando we were pretty safe, but then I saw this: Orlando’s violent crime rate (including home invasions) is 2.4 times higher than the national average.
What? How could it be true that here, in the City Beautiful, you have a 1 in 16 chance of being a victim of property crime, including burglary? These numbers are scary, but thankfully there are some steps you can take to avoid ending up the victim of a crime in your own home.
Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safer
- Build a tall fence to make it more difficult for unwanted guests to enter your yard.
- Have an alarm system installed, which burglars themselves typically report are the best deterrents to property crime.
- Cancel deliveries when you will be out of town. Stacks of packages, mail, and newspapers are a clue that you aren’t around.
- Use home automation timers for your lights when you are away so that it appears that you are home. An occupied house is a less desirable target.
- Post cameras outside to capture everything that happens on your property and act as a deterrent for potential vandals.
Automating Your Home
Home automation provides the ultimate in convenience and security, letting you remotely access your home’s systems from anywhere via your computer or smartphone (talk about convenience, right?). Turn your house lights on and off with a tap of your phone, lock and unlock doors, know when anyone enters your house, adjust your home’s programmable thermostat, and even control your home security cameras. This gives you total control over your home and knowledge of what goes on in and around it at all times, from wherever you are.
Home automation means more than keeping burglars out, though. With convenient remote access you can let the kids in when they forget their keys (so, like, every day), and see what they are up to with the babysitter or while home alone. You can let the repairman into the house and keep an eye on him while you are still at work. Adjusting your thermostat when you are not there can reduce cooling and heating costs.
Locally we have an outstanding company that provides home automation services – Crime Prevention Security Systems. They were even named WFTV Channel 9’s Local Expert for Home Security. Over forty years in business means they know what they are doing, and they have a reliable track record with more than 16,000 Florida homes and businesses under their protection. In a recent survey, customers rated Crime Prevention an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars for their excellent service and dedication.
Taking a look at Orlando’s violent and property crime statistics really opened my eyes to the importance of home security. Don’t take risks with your home and family’s safety. Check out Crime Prevention Security Systems for reliable, effective and convenient home security and home automation services. Don’t end up on the wrong side of those scary statistics.