Install Motion-Sensor Lights
It’s no secret that the last thing a burglar wants to do is attract attention. So there’s a good chance that something unexpected—be it an alarm, a barking dog, or even a sudden flood of light—will be enough to send a crook away empty-handed. And even when you’re not home, there are ways you can catch would-be burglars off guard. “While no technology will completely deter all would-be criminals, lighting is an easy way to make a big difference in keeping a home safe and secure,” says Brad Paine, vice president and general manager of Connected Homes at Eaton’s Lighting Division. Install a motion-activated light that can detect movement around the perimeter of your house, and make sure it’s activated the whole time you’re away. Watch out for these signs your house is vulnerable to being robbed. You need to see these: The best home security devices without monthly fees.
Add “Vacation Mode” Lighting
To a potential burglar, a dark house means an empty house. If you want to make it look like you’re home, your lights should be on at the approximate times they’d be on if you were there. With a “smart lighting” system, you can time your lights to turn on and off when you want them to. Some vacation lighting systems even have dimming options and other nuanced settings that really reinforce the illusion that someone is home. “Have the lights turn on in the morning, dim the indoor lights in the evening, and have them turn off at night when you would normally be asleep,” Paine suggests. “Or even randomize the on/off timing to keep would-be intruders guessing.” Plus: These are the best social media tips for home security while you’re away.