The end of February is upon us and we have been daydreaming about spring lately. With warmer weather comes more time spent outdoors. If you are anything like me, as soon as it is warm enough I like open all the windows in the house to let in the fresh air. With as many benefits that this offers, keep in mind that it could also increase the risk for a potential break-in.
As we start to countdown the days to spring, we wanted to share some bright ideas from Omaha Police Department’s Residential Burglary Prevention flyer with some ways you can increase your home’s security and prevent burglaries from happening:
- Install lights by all exterior doors. Use lights all night.
- Install outside light fixtures where bulbs are hard to reach.
- Illuminate house numbers for quick emergency response.
- Trim shrubs back from doors and windows. Don’t give burglars a place to hide.
OPD suggests adding motion sensors, and we believe that by the time the sensor goes off to alert you of the intruder, the thief is already too close for comfort. Why not avoid the temptation altogether with security lighting that stays on throughout the night. Chances are that an intruder will think twice about trying to break into your home. In addition, we recommend keeping your security lighting on consistently even when you are out of town – no one will ever know that you are gone and you will be more at ease knowing your home is safe.
How do you know if you should add security lighting? Walk your property at night and look for the dark spots where a potential intruder could hide. At McKay, we believe that you can have security lighting without the harsh, high powered lights that disturb the neighbors and devalue your property. Our professional designers know how to design an outdoor security lighting system that adds beauty and distinction… while also persuading criminals to “move on down the road.”