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Moving Out On Your Own? Here Are Some DIY Home Security Tips

August 24, 2018

New to the world of home security? Here’s how to create your own home security system. 


By: Sowmya Krishnamurthy


There’s nothing more important than peace of mind in your home. Whether you’re moving out on your own or a first-time home buyer, the idea of home security can be intimidating. There are so many products on the market, it’s hard to know where to start to feel truly secure. From smart locks to affordable surveillance cameras, you can create a personalized system that’s both functional and fits right into your home decor.

If you’re a DIY kind of person, here’s a checklist to make home security easy.

1. Make a Plan

The most important part of a home security system is to have a plan. Set simple rules that you — and other family members —can easily follow. For example, always lock the doors when you leave, and behind you when you get home, use an alarm system (even when you’re just out for a quick trip to the store), have emergency contact numbers readily available, etc. 

2. Remove “Hidden” House Keys

Many people keep extra house keys under doormats, inside mailboxes and around the home. Instead, give those extra keys directly to your most trusted family and friends so they're able to access to your home in case of an emergency.

3. Do a Walkthrough

Sometimes safety vulnerabilities live in plain sight without you even realizing it. Make it a habit to do routine walkthroughs of your home. If you had to enter your home without a key, could you? Pay special attention to things like unsecured sliding doors, windows on the ground floor or with faulty locks, tree branches that lead to second-floor windows and doors that can’t withstand external force. Many police precincts, such as this one from San Diego, have great checklists available for you to conduct your own burglary prevention walkthrough.

4. Smarten Up Your Locks

The old fashioned deadbolt is soon becoming a thing of the past. Smart Locks from Cox allow you to access your home easily with the Cox Mobile app, and come in a variety of styles to fit your design aesthetic. They also keep you protected from lock picks and lock bumping because they are totally key-less. Plus, they’re super convenient when you’re travelling

5. Turn on the Lights

A dark house is a dead giveaway that no one is home. You can use lighting timers to schedule when your house appears to have activity inside by lighting up certain rooms. If you prefer a more comprehensive system, invest in smart lighting that can sync your lights with your alarm system.

6. Surveillance

Standalone home surveillance can be a great way to identify and catch burglars in the act. There’s many features to keep in mind when purchasing indoor and outdoor cameras, including motion detection, night vision and sound capabilities. Make sure to check whether the cameras work with Wi-Fi, which eliminates the possibility that the camera wires can be cut.

Remember, you always have the option to go with a professionally installed system. Cox’s Homelife offers security as well as home automation. Experienced technicians provide customized solutions for your home, including 24/7 professionally monitored security.

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