Home Installations

9 Home Installations to Protect Your Family and Property

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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There are multiple ways to keep you, your family, and your property safe. It also doesn’t matter if you have a big or a small budget; there are so many options and variations available to suit your needs. 

Whether you want to install gun safes or something more simple like a few lights to eliminate dark spots.

1. Burglar Alarm

A burglar alarm is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to protect your home against intruders. They are easy to arm and provide more than enough warning to alert you if there is someone in your home. 

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Many can also be linked to a security company or the police, meaning they will be automatically called to your home if you don’t turn the alarm off yourself. 

2. Automatic Lights

Automatic lights are one of the best ways to eliminate dark parts of your garden, your back door, and your driveway. They are triggered by movement, meaning you will immediately know if there is someone, or something, outside. 

They may be basic, but any possible intruder will be instantly spooked if they think they are hidden and then get lit up for you to see. 

3. Doorbell Camera

A doorbell camera is a great way to always know who is at your door without you having to open it or even be there. Many of these work over the internet, sending a notification and camera feed to your phone a few seconds after it is rung. 

A Ring doorbell camera has emerged as a leader in the doorbell camera field and offers users a very affordable and effective solution. 

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4. Smoke Detector

A fire can start from the smallest problem; a miswired plug, a blown lightbulb, or a blanket being too close to a heater or fire. A smoke detector quickly picks up any small amount of smoke and is more than loud enough to wake you or alert those around your house. 

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5. Deadbolt Door Locks

Never underestimate the power of the humble lock. A deadbolt may not be impenetrable, but it offers enough resistance to either make an intruder give up or give you enough time to call the police. 

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If you don’t want to install deadbolts, door chain locks are the next best thing. They are near impossible to pick, and once again, they give you enough time to react to a situation. If you don’t have a door camera, you can still see who is outside without fully opening the door. 

6. Window Film

An underrated protection method that everyone should be using is protective window film. Many car windows and windshields already come standard with window film, and for a good reason too. 

Not only does it stop windows and sliding doors from shattering, but the protective film makes it much harder to break and subsequently break through the glass. 

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7. Automatic Garage Door Opener

Home intruders and thieves almost always choose opportunities over using force; an unlocked car door or an open window, for example. Another soft target is when you are getting in and out of your car and opening and closing your garage door

An automatic garage door allows you to stay in your car and therefore makes it much easier for you to drive away if something is wrong. 

8. Home Automation 

Home automation is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your entire home while using the least amount of effort. You are able to connect your security system, smoke detectors, cameras, and lights all to your smart home device. 

You can then use an app to control everything from your phone; you can turn lights on and off, view your cameras, and even lock and unlock certain doors

9. Garden Security

While not technically “installations,” there are two main things you can do in your garden to help deter intruders. The first is to have gravel around your fence and doorways. No matter how careful you are, you can’t walk through gravel quietly; therefore, you will be alerted to intruders. 

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Another thing you can do is plant bushes or trees that have thorns. This is a cheap and effective way to add a layer of security to your fences and hurt any intruder. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.