On July 27, 2015, a man in the township of Branchburg, NJ had his phone in his back pocket and inadvertently called 911. This may not have been a big deal if it had happened to most anyone else, but that particular man was apprehended. Why? He just happened to be in the middle of committing a burglary. The man was found and arrested, as a result of his phone bungle.
Unfortunately, not all burglars are careless pocket-dialers who end up bungling their crime. Most of the time, burglars are wily and you have to outsmart them – and you can begin with burglar-proofing your property. You can forget about barbed wire fences and unattractive doors, though. There are ways to burglarproof your home while still keeping it beautiful.
Start with the Fences
Barbed wire on fences doesn’t look great for your property. Plus, it’s not as effective as you think, when it comes to safeguarding your property from intruders, since it is still thin enough to be cut with wire cutters. Rather than unsightly wire, opt for decorative metal fence panels instead.
Metal fences come in varying designs and the picket tops can be formed into spearhead shapes. They can also be as tall as you want. Standard metal fence designs are also virtually unscalable and require little to no maintenance. Overall, metal fences provide the perfect blend of aesthetic beauty and security for your home.
Beef Up Your Door Security
Burglars are brazen. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, about 34 percent of thieves enter through the front door. You don’t need a drab slab of a door for security, though. Forget your simple wooden door, too.
Composite doors are made from different materials including wood, PVC, insulating foam, and glass-reinforced plastic. This combination results in a door that’s strong and secure. Composite doors also come in various designs so you can choose one that looks great, is safe, and adds to your property’s curb appeal.
Think About Your Patio Doors
Many family homes have sliding doors leading to their patios. While sliding glass doors are aesthetically pleasing, the old-fashioned method of securing them isn’t. Before, people would place broom handles in the door’s tracks to keep them from opening. Obviously, that method not only looks ugly but is also inconvenient and not very effective.
Fortunately, patio door locks today add a level of security to your back door while looking aesthetically pleasing, easily blending in with your interiors. You can opt for small patio door locks or bigger ones that can also be activated electronically.
Stylish Security Cams
Apart from low video quality, first generation security cameras were rather dull-looking. They’re also very obvious. Try investing in stylish security cameras instead. One of the top-rated surveillance cameras is Ulo’s owl-shaped interactive camera. What looks like a cute owl figurine has a two-way mirror with a camera and motion sensor in its beak. The Ulo security camera also has a microscopic microphone, speakers, and WiFi connectivity. When you’re not at home, Ulo can send updates to your e-mail inbox in GIF format or you can opt for a live view.
All these home improvements prove that you don’t have to sacrifice the beauty of your home for your security. Now, you can stay safe inside a stylish house.