Increase Your Home Security

While burglary rates have steadily declined over the last decade, a burglar still strikes every 25.7 seconds in the United States. In order to avoid becoming an easy target for break-ins and feel safer in your home, consider the following home security tips.

Common Sense

Most break-ins that occur are crimes of opportunity, where burglars are able to walk right through the front door. While always locking doors is easy enough, also be sure to secure mail slots, use deadbolts as reinforcement, and avoid doors that have glass near the handle. Be sure to always change your locks when moving to a new place.

Security Systems

A security system isn’t a guarantee to keep burglars out, but it does make the task riskier. Security systems can serve as a deterrent as well as proof of a crime after the fact.

Outdoor Lighting

Anyone looking to break into a home will want to avoid being in the spotlight. Using motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home will likely deter criminals in the initial casing of the property or even when they’re attempting a break-in.

Secure Valubles

Technology, cash, and jewelry are the main things burglars look for. Make sure to keep valuables in a safe or out of plain sight.

Plan for Vacation

Another way to ensure your home’s security is to avoid advertising when you’ll be away from your home for long stretches of time. If you know your neighbors well, ask them to keep an eye on your place. Have your mail held at the post office and save posting on social media about your trip until you get home.

Conclusion:

increase your home security

Securing your home doesn’t always have to be costly or time-consuming. By using a few of these tips you can feel safer and know that your home is unlikely to become a target for burglary.

How Secure is a Multi-Home Building?

Despite the advantages of moving into a multi-home community, it is natural for residents to have concerns about security. With a steady flow of residents, visitors, workers, or mail and delivery services in close proximity to your home and belongings, it is important to be sure you and your belongings are safe.

In condominiums and apartment buildings, there are various ways to ensure a true sense of security. As listed on the Peace of Mind Technologies (POM) website, these might include:

  • Establishing a cooperative culture of security: All residents should establish clear expectations regarding security measures and take responsibility for the health and safety of the entire residential community. Cooperation is key.
  • Landscaping: Carefully manicured landscapes and green space help signal to visitors that the property is cared for and monitored.
  • Access control: POM suggests that key cards, rather than keys, are a great security measure as they can digitally log entry and exit into a given building.
  • Remote monitoring and remote access for deliveries: Security personnel can manage the flow of vendors or package deliveries and grant them access to a designated room for deliveries. Separating delivery traffic from residential traffic improves overall security.
  • Motion detectors: Similar to security measures like cameras and lights, motion detectors can be monitored remotely and sense intruders.

Our ongoing luxury condominium project – The Residences at 66 High Street – has adopted similar methods for enhancing security.

For one, current and future residents at High Street make up an unbelievably caring and trustworthy community. The landscaping is also constantly maintained. As far as the building is concerned, there are cameras throughout the buildings to monitor all points of entry. In order to enter the building, residents are given a unit-specific code to enter on a keypad. Additionally, each residence comes equipped with cameras in the foyer and security systems.

The opportunity to live at The Residence at 66 High Street and be within walking distance of historic downtown Guilford and the train station is one to be enjoyed. As it is our job to ensure this enjoyment, we want to do all we can to give residents peace of mind and make them feel safe in and away from home.

 

Emtek Hardware

When designing or remodeling, hardware plays an important role in the aesthetic of a space. Door knobs, locks, and even hinges all add to the overlook of both the exterior and interior of your home.

Emtek, a company with decades of experience designing door hardware, allows you to mix and match hardware to achieve the look you want. They offer over 100 types of hardware, with designs that range from traditional to contemporary to rustic. In addition, Emtek offers a variety of materials and finishes. To view Emtek products, click here.

Emtek is part of the Assa Abloy group, the “global leader in door opening solutions.” Emtek designs and assembles hardware for doors and cabinets in Southern California.

Security is another top priority when choosing door hardware. Emtek offers a variety of locks, including:

  • Electronic Locks
  • Tubular Entry Sets
  • Mortise Entry Sets
  • Deadbolts
  • Key in Knobs
  • Sideplate Locks

There are many manufacturers who consider design and security when it comes to hardware. So what makes Emtek standout? Along with exceptional craftsmanship, Emtek provides quality customer service and is committed to sustainable practices. These are reasons Horton Group uses hardware products from Emtek in our development projects.

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