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There are many ways to intelligently secure your home against criminals, peeping toms, and miscreants. One of the most important things you can do is deterintruders from believing that there is any reason for a home invasion in the first place. If this is impractical, you do have other options. Intruders are attracted by flashy security systems – they tell criminals that something valuable is inside.

Therefore, tip #1 is to live modestly, or at least to present the appearance of a modest lifestyle to dissuade potential criminals from wanting to steal from you in the first place. Having said that, everyone has a right to live according to their means, without fearing a home invasion. Following this line of thinking, it is not necessary to install 10-foot high walls with electrified fencing, a moat filled with alligators, and a watchtower with sharpshooters waiting to take out the bad guys.
 
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Many Effective Ways to Protect Your Home

However, there are many ways to safeguard your home without breaking the bank or enticing criminals to try and break in. For example, every homeowner should have household insurance, a home warranty, an alarm system, and covert surveillance cameras to protect against intruders. There is no doubt that security, maintenance, and general safety are essential for your home. Burglar bars, security gates, perhaps even living in a gated community are options worth considering. Some of the most logical tips are also the most practical, including:

•    Remove doors with glass panes near the handles/door locks and replace with solid doors
•    Provide the appearance of a humble abode – don’t do anything to entice criminals.
•    If there are valuables on the property such as expensive cars, furniture, equipment and the like – they should be kept out of sight, in the garage or in the home.
•    Standard surveillance and alarm systems may be insufficient to protect your home against sophisticated criminals. Many of these criminals have cased homes before and they know how to disable alarm systems. It may be worth your while employing thermal security cameras on the perimeter to spot criminals entering your property long before they’ve reached your home.

Why Security Cameras Matter

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Security cameras are your proverbial ‘eyes and ears’ for all security-related concerns. They see everything, even if you aren’t physically scanning the periphery of your property for potential intruders. Some of the most sophisticated security cameras are thermal imaging cameras. These cameras pick up on heat emissions of whatever is in their field of view. These emissions are then transcribed onto a screen in visible color. In one popular thermal palette, hot temperatures are red or orange and colder temperatures are blue or black, although classic thermal feedback displays in greyscale with the option for the user to flip between white hot or black hot.
Thermal imagers utilize infrared wavelengths to measure heat signatures and can pick up on things like gas leaks, water leaks, moisture, fires, sparking wires and the like. They are not thermometers – they measure thermal energy based on the energy that is detected. Thermal security cameras cannot see through objects – they just see heat signatures of objects. If an intruder has breached your perimeter, the heat signature from the person will be detected and you will be notified, giving you time to react and call the authorities. The lead time can make the difference between a home invasion gone wrong and a safe getaway for your and your family.