1. Make an investment in your home’s defense
Investing in the protection of your home is also beneficial to your community. When you set up a complete home security system, you’re not only discouraging criminal behavior at your place, but you’re also helping to keep potential intruders out of your local area. Thankfully, modern smart homes provide more versatility and security than past iterations. You can have smart lighting automatically turn on - a great benefit when you’re away - and even check streams from your video cameras directly from your smartphone. Some outdoor cameras and video doorbells even have built-in security measures to ward off intruders. Linking your home to a 24-7 monitoring team is another important step and results in a prompt response if a crisis arises.
2. Build relationships with your neighbors
You might be surprised by the number of individuals who truly aren’t close to their neighbors. Forming a network of support within your community is essential. You’ll be able to handle minor tasks for one another, like keep up with the mail on vacations, watch furry friends, and even report suspicious activity. Some neighborhood communities may have their own social media page. Make certain you’re connected, as this is a great way to stay in the know about what’s taking place in your area.
3. Keep your property well maintained
There’s something to be said about pride of ownership, but maintaining your home and its surroundings has a security aspect too. An untidy yard might be appealing to potential invaders, as it conveys you might be lax about your home’s safety as well. Furthermore, wild trees and hedges near access points can produce unintended hideouts. Keep your yard neat and tidy, and consider using surveillance devices to closely look after your exterior. Pairing your outdoor surveillance with motion-sensing lighting is another excellent idea.
4. Avoid sharing more than you should on social media
You don’t want to encourage illegal activity by circulating too much info on social media. Never broadcast that you are going to be away from home, as you don’t really know who’s going to view your post. Instead, keep these details private with dependable neighbors and family members who will be taking care of your residence.
Help keep your Champaign neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have some ideas on how to keep your Champaign neighborhood safe, it’s time to take action. Dial (217) 759-1212 today to learn how you can improve your home’s security. A knowledgeable Vivint representative is ready to help you design a modern and responsive smart home.