1. Upgrade your home’s protection
Investing in your home’s protection is also a plus for your community. By installing an integrated home security system, you’re not only deterring crime at your property, but you’re also helping to keep prospective burglars out of your local area. Thankfully, modern smart homes provide more versatility and security than what you had in the past. You can have smart lighting automatically illuminate - a fantastic choice when you’re away - and even monitor streams from your video cameras right from your phone. Some outside surveillance systems and video doorbells even have built-in deterrents to ward off invaders. Linking your residence to a 24-7 monitoring team is another vital step and provides a prompt response if an emergency arises.
2. Get to know your neighbors
You may be shocked by the number of individuals who honestly don’t know their neighbors. Forming a support network within your area is vital. You’ll be able to do things for each other, like bring in the mail on family getaways, care for animals, and even take note of odd activity. Some communities might run their own social networking site. Make certain you’re connected, as this is a excellent way to keep up with what’s taking place in your area.
3. Don’t neglect your property
There’s something to be said about pride of ownership, but maintaining your home and its surroundings has a safety component too. An untidy yard might be inviting to potential burglars, as it conveys you might be lax about your home’s security as well. Furthermore, untamed trees and hedges near entrance points can provide unintended hiding spots. Keep things well maintained, and think about using surveillance cameras to keep close watch of your exterior. Combining your outdoor surveillance with motion-detecting lights is another fantastic idea.
4. Don’t share too much on social networks
You don’t want to encourage criminal activity by circulating too much information on social media. Never announce that you will be out of town, as you never know who’s going to see it. Instead, keep these details private with dependable neighbors and family members who will be watching over your home.
Help keep your Chicago neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have some ideas on how to keep your Chicago neighborhood safe, it’s time to act. Dial (312) 626-4802 today to see how you can upgrade your home’s security. A friendly Vivint representative is standing by to help you personalize a state-of-the-art smart home.