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Home security is a serious consideration, whether moving into a new community or renovating your current home.
But security measures, important as they are to include, can also have a detractive effect on the aesthetics of your home – especially outside, where even small things can stick out against your chosen décor.
How can you effectively conceal security measures in your outdoor spaces?
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The humble doorbell has become one of the industry leaders for home security, as video doorbell products like Amazon’s Ring flood the market. These video doorbells enable users to monitor their front door via an app – and even speak to people on the doorstep through their cellphones.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most elegant; many security measures are relatively discreet by their nature, perhaps an eyesore on account of their color or shape.
They could be rendered more discreetly simply by using paint to match the product with the wall or item on which they’re mounted.
Certain items might not be wall-mounted, though – and might stick out all the more for being tech objects in an otherwise nature-filled outdoor space. Foliage, both real and fake, could be used to obscure such objects from view.
What are the Best Forms of Home Security?
Of course, how you disguise your home security measures is only part of the equation. It is also important to consider the exact forms your measures take, to maximize effectiveness concerning your specific property needs.
If deterrence is your primary ambition, then CCTV cameras (more on which shortly) are largely unnecessary to include in your plans. Instead, you might find better results from basing your security system around audibles. Alarm sirens can be triggered by motion sensors, alerting the wider community to an attempted trespass and incentivizing the trespasser to flee.
CCTV cameras are particularly useful for live monitoring, where there is a 24/7 security presence. This might be more effective for commercial and industrial locations, but homeowners could also direct a security feed to their devices to monitor disturbances from safety and comfort.
There is also a small deterrent effect that can result from prominently displaying cameras, but this defeats the purpose of your security concealment measures.
Lastly, lights can play a powerful part in your overall home security system – either as an alternative to alarms or as a companion to them.
If you live in a rural community where animals are extremely likely to trip your external motion sensors, then alarms may be irritating to neighbors or become ineffective from overuse. Lights are a useful alternative in alerting you to unwanted presence without auditory disturbance.
Lights can also be used in concert with other security measures to provide a complete deterrent solution.
Security lights can be arranged to switch on if perimeter sensors are tripped, with alarm sirens reserved for the tripping of sensors closer to the property.
CCTV cameras can be poised to take images of key areas when sensors are tripped, giving you a complete picture of your home’s security situation.
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