1. Invest in your property’s defense
Investing in your home’s protection is also an investment in your community. When you implement an integrated home security system, you’re not only discouraging crime at your property, but you’re also helping to keep potential burglars out of your neighborhood. Fortunately, modern smart homes provide more adaptability and security than past iterations. You can have lights switch on automatically - an excellent feature when you’re away - and even view video camera feeds straight from your mobile. Some outside surveillance systems and video doorbells even have built-in security measures to dissuade invaders. Linking your property to 24/7 monitoring specialists is another vital step and helps ensure a swift response if a crisis arises.
2. Foster relationships with your neighbors
You might be surprised by the number of people who really aren’t close to their neighbors. Forming a network of support within your community is crucial. You’ll be able to do things for one another, like bring in the mail on vacations, watch animals, and even take note of unusual disturbances. Some neighborhood communities might have their own social networking page. Make sure you’re on it, as this is a great way to stay in the know about what’s taking place in your area.
3. Keep your property well maintained
There’s certainly merit in having pride of ownership, but keeping up your property has a safety component as well. An untidy yard could be appealing to would-be intruders, as it indicates you may be negligent about your home’s security as well. Furthermore, untamed trees and shrubs near entrance points can provide unwelcome hiding spots. Keep your yard properly groomed, and think about using video cameras to keep close watch of your exterior. Pairing your surveillance with motion-sensing lights is another excellent idea.
4. Don’t share more than you need to on social networks
You don’t want to encourage criminal activity by circulating too much info on online platforms. Never announce that you will be out of town, as you don’t know who’s going to see the post. As an alternative, keep this information private with dependable neighbors and family members who will be looking after your home.
Help keep your Richmond neighborhood safe with a Vivint smart home
Now that you have some suggestions on how to keep your Richmond neighborhood safe, it’s time to take the next step. Call (804) 534-2782 today to learn how you can improve your home’s defense. A friendly Vivint team member is standing by to help you design a modern and responsive smart home.