Gone are the days when being safe and secure in your home meant barbed wire adorning your walls or installing prison-like burglar bars on your windows.
After all, why should you feel like prisoners in your own home simply to keep the bad guys out?
These days security, stylish and sleek are words you can expect to hear in the same sentence.
Today we are going to chat about options ranging from planting some rose bushes to installing doors or screens like invisiguard. These are all to keep you and your home protected—without compromising your style.
Use Your Garden as A Weapon
Somewhat surprisingly, plants are being used as an additional security measure by homeowners around the world. Not only do they add beauty to your property with the added bonus of attracting wildlife, but they also reduce the risk of trespassing dramatically.
There are many plants that have thorns, hooks or spines that are extremely unpleasant to come into contact with. These security grade plants include Acacia trees, Bougainvillea plants, Mahonia shrubs and any kind of rose bush—all of which are beautiful to look at but not to touch.
Just be careful not to opt for a toxic plant like the Porcupine Tomato shrub because you want to ward criminals off—not kill them!
Let There Be Light
It is a well-known fact that burglars operate by night and prefer to do their business under the cover of night while veiled by darkness. Because of this, motion-sensing floodlights or spotlights are an excellent way to keep the criminals at bay.
You can also turn your existing lights into motion sensor lights by replacing regular bulbs with motion-sensing ones. This is an ideal solution for outdoor areas, boundary walls and even for areas inside your home.
Install Surveillance Cameras
Sometimes simply the sight of a highly visible security camera is enough to dissuade burglars. In saying that, surveillance cameras can often be bulky, bland-looking and, well, ugly. If you can’t find a sleek and stylish option that doesn’t clash with the look or style of your home, then it’s time to get creative! There are many ways to effectively camouflage and even hide your security cameras entirely such as using foliage.
Install A Security Gate or Screen
Besides deterring criminals from entering, there are many reasons why security gates and screens are so popular. A few of the best features offered by security screens are that they don’t compromise your view, they keep the bugs out and let the breeze in.
Gates and screens do all of this while still allowing you to easily see through them, which is in itself a security feature. Usually made from incredibly durable stainless-steel mesh, this almost-invisible option doesn’t impact the style of your home in the slightest.
These days most security companies offer some kind of wireless solution as a part of their package. Wireless alarms and other security systems are great mainly for two reasons:
- There is no risk of exposed wires being cut by burglars.
- You don’t have to worry about placing your security system in such a way that wires are an unsightly, often tangled, mess.
Install Alarms on Doors and Windows
We all know that a great security measure all homeowners should take is by securing your doors and windows. You should consider getting yourself a battery-operated, wireless alarm system specifically designed to be inconspicuously attached to doors and windows.
These alarms are activated when a door or window is opened and thus the magnetic contact is broken. This sounds an alarm so piercing that the noise itself is enough of a deterrent to send would-be burglars packing.
Because they are strategically placed and usually of such a small size they are barely noticeable.
Keep Your Possessions Safe by Using A Safe
One of the more obvious methods of keeping the contents of your home safe is to store your really valuable and prized possessions in a safe.
These days, a safe isn’t a big, immovable slab of concrete that doubles as an eyesore. In addition to the sleek, standard safes that can be placed in a closet, you now get safes that open through digital or biometric means that can be hidden in walls behind deterrents like paintings or mirrors.
Stay Safe and Stylish
It’s such a comfort to know that there are many ways to be both safe and stylish. Besides, in this day and age, why should you have to sacrifice one for the other?
In 2019: do everything in style!