Did you know that in the United States a home burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds? That means over 2 million reported burglaries a year! Locally, Massachusetts has 36,533 (5.55 per thousand) burglaries annually according to the website Neighborhood Scout. While these numbers are alarming, there are things that every homeowner can do to reduce the risk of a break-in. Having a security system installed is one of the best options. Another option is to install lighting around the exterior of your home to provide illumination that can significantly reduce the risk of a burglar choosing your home as a target. Let’s take a closer look at how lighting can help increase security on your property.
No one likes a darkened house or property. . . except maybe burglars. Shadows and darkness provide hiding spots and cover from the eyes of neighbors and the police. However, once a home is lit up with flood lights, motion sensors, and lights at each entrance, the potential for a break-in dramatically decreases.
- Flood LIghts – Bright illumination of areas where anyone would enter your property is a great idea to alert you to the arrival of a guest, or possibly, an unwanted visitor. Flood lights with motion sensors installed in key areas around the exterior of your home such as a driveway, garage, or front door can be enough to scare off an intruder who was hoping to stay hidden in the shadows.
- Automated Lighting – Whether you are hoping to deter an intruder or just want to light up the pathways around your home, automated lighting is a great choice. Homeowners can control what areas of the landscape to light up for security purposes. Times can be set to coincide with dawn and dusk to provide an extra layer of security. Walkways, patios, water features, and gardens can be lit up to provide security as well.
- Illuminate Doors, Garages, and Basement Entrances – One key to using lighting for security is not to just brighten up the front of the home, but to light the areas where an intruder could enter the home, such as back doors, patios, basement entrances, and sliding doors. These key locations should have security lighting that will make intruders think twice about entering your property.
- Indoor Lighting – Make your home look lived in so that even if you are at work or away lights will come on automatically when it is dark outside. Home automation can help your house appear occupied, which is a major deterrent for intruders.
If you need help choosing security lighting and a security system for your home, call Wayne Alarm for a security assessment – Lynn, MA (781) 595-0000 • Nantucket, MA (508) 825-9200