Your home is your sanctuary. It should be a safe and secure environment where you can arrive at the end of a long day and be able to relax and shut out the world. The reality is though, more and more of us are concerned about security and the rising threat from crime. It’s not so easy to relax when you’re worried about someone breaking in, and from someone who has experienced just that more than enough times, it's a concern worth acting on!
If you’re thinking about improving the security measures in your home, you might also be wondering about the impact this could have on aesthetics. Can you really make your home both secure AND stylish? Absolutely.
1. Take advantage of the latest technology
Home security has changed dramatically over the last few years, with the latest technologies offering better protection than ever before. From a style point of view, the good news is that the trend is very much going towards 'hidden' technology that fits into your existing way of living. For example, modern security systems are increasingly moving away from ugly wall-mounted keypads and being replaced with integrated smartphone controls. Some systems even integrate with hubs like Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control the system using your voice.
"Security is always excessive until it's not enough."
- Robbie Sinclair
2. Upgrade your doors and windows
Doors and windows are the two most common entry points for intruders, so it certainly pays to make sure they are as secure as possible. You definitely don’t have to compromise on style, with most modern doors and windows incorporating highly discreet security features like toughened locks or even reinforced glass, while also being available in a wide range of styles. In fact, upgrading your doors and windows is one of the best ways to both improve home security and enhance the curb appeal of your property.
3. Consider installing shutters
Internal window shutters create an extra barrier between the outside world and the inside of your home, making them a great way to slow down entry and deter more opportunist thieves who are looking for an easy life. As well as being great for improving security, wooden shutters are also a fantastic way to add some character style to your home. You’ll find shutters available for almost every window type, including a huge choice of different wood finishes.
4. Enhance your lighting
Your home is typically most vulnerable during the hours of darkness, so it’s certainly worth thinking about how lighting can be used to make your home more secure. Consider installing sensor-activated outdoor lighting, which can help to deter unwanted visitors from coming too close to your property. As well as acting as a deterrent, this type of lighting can enhance the exterior of the building and provide a welcoming light when you come home each evening. Again, you’ll find a huge variety of different styles available on the market, so you’re sure to find something that's in keeping with your property.
In conclusion, there are lots of different ways to make your home both secure and stylish.
Plan your security carefully and you’ll end up with a welcoming home
that also deters unwanted visitors and prying eyes.