1. Invest in your property’s defense
Investing in the protection of your home is also beneficial to your community. By installing a comprehensive home security system, you’re not only dissuading invasions at your place, but you’re also helping to keep potential burglars out of your local area. Thankfully, modern smart homes give you more versatility and security than ever before. You can have smart bulbs switch on automatically - a fantastic feature when you’re not home - and even view video camera streams directly from your smartphone. Some exterior surveillance devices and video doorbells even have built-in preventive measures to scare off intruders. Linking your home to a 24-hour monitoring staff is another vital measure and results in a swift response if an urgent situation arises.
2. Foster relationships with your neighbors
You may be surprised by the number of people who truly aren’t familiar with their neighbors. Forming a support network within your community is important. You’ll be able to perform tasks for each other, like get the mail on trips, care for animals, and even take note of suspicious activity. Some neighborhoods might run their own social media page. Be sure you’re connected, as this is a great way to stay informed about what’s taking place in your area.
3. Maintain your property
There’s real value in having pride of ownership, but maintaining your property has a security component as well. An unkempt yard could be enticing to potential invaders, as it conveys you may be negligent about your home’s safety too. In addition, wild trees and bushes near entryways can produce unintended hiding places. Keep your property properly groomed, and think about using surveillance devices to keep close watch of your exterior. Combining your outdoor surveillance with motion-sensing lights is another excellent idea.
4. Avoid sharing too much on social media
You don’t want to encourage unlawful behavior by circulating too much on social media. Never publicize that you are going to be out of town, as you don’t really know who’s going to view it. As an alternative, keep this information private with close neighbors and loved ones who will be watching over your home.
Do your part to keep your Cedar Rapids neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have a couple ideas on how to keep your Cedar Rapids neighborhood safe, it’s time to act. Contact (319) 419-4827 today to see how you can bolster your home’s security. A knowledgeable Vivint representative is happy to help you design a state-of-the-art smart home.