Is it time to spruce up the ol’ house? Are you thinking of a complete remodel? Just want to update that dilapidated kitchen? Either way, indicators of a remodel (contractors working, sounds of tools, open structures covered by tarps, etc.), are prime clues burglars use to target your home when it’s most vulnerable. Regardless of the changes, it is very important to keep your home security at the top of your priorities list. There are many options when considering home security during a renovation, below are a few options.
If you don’t already own a comprehensive home alarm system, consider getting a DropCam for indoor security. This little device ($149), allows you to monitor your home remotely, using your handheld device or computer. All the footage captured is saved to secured servers online, so there is no need to have bulky DVRs for playback. The system is motion-activated; when it detects movement, you receive an alert via a push notification to your phone or email.
Not only is this a good option for overnight surveillance, it’s perfect for keeping track of who and what goes in and out of your home while you’re away. A great feature of the DropCam is that if becomes unplugged (or someone deliberately unplugs it) it will continue recording. When it is reconnected, it stores the footage on the server. Even cooler, it is equipped with two-way audio. Making it easy to communicate with your contractors or scare intruders away, safely.
Indoor motion-detection lights
The last thing an intruder wants is to be seen, right? Motion-activated lights are an affordable way to scare-off intruders. Not only should you install them around the perimeter of your home, but also consider placing them inside the home. If you’re doing a major remodel, chances are, you will holes in your walls to accommodate new windows and doors. Burglars see this as an invitation into the home. Having those lights inside the home will likely deter an intruder to go any further.
Keep windows blocked
When remodeling your home, the contractor will often asked that everything is removed from the area in question. This includes curtains from the windows. If that is the case, contemplate blocking the windows in your home with garbage bags or cardboard. These can be easily affixed to your windows with tape and they prevent a potential burglar from looking inside and seeing all those tools and materials (copper is a commonly targeted material, as it can be traded for quick cash).
Keep a secure space for tools
Speaking of tools and materials, it’s important to communicate to your contractor that it is imperative to keep all tools and materials that are not being used in a safe and secure area. A locked storage space is ideal.
It’s also a good idea to keep all your personal tools, away from their workspace. Your tools can be mistaken as theirs and accidentally—or deliberately—taken. If that is not possible make sure to keep an inventory of all your tools and personal belongings that may be easy taken. In the case that something goes missing, you can easily trace who had access to that area.
An engraving pen can be purchased to mark your valuables with your license number. This prevents items that have been taken to be sold at pawn shops and makes it easier to retrieve if they are ever found.
Biometric Door Access
Construction on your home will likely take place while you’re away from your home. The Problem is that your contractors will obviously need access to your home, but you don’t want to hand out your house key to just anyone. The solution is to invest in a biometric door lock. These inexpensive devices are installed on to your existing doors. How do you use it? That’s the interesting part; a compartment opens on the device exposing a scanner where you place your finger. It scans the user’s fingerprint to determine if they have been granted access. All you have to do is program it to accept those who you want to have access. When the project is over, all you have to do is remove them from the database. Having these convenient keyless locks, avoids the need to give copies to strangers.
These are just a few things you can do to increase the security in your home while you improve your home. Aside from these security precautions, it’s also important to notify your home alarm company (if you have one); the changes to your home may affect the way your system works. Also, let your insurance company know about the changes being made to your home. You may be liable for an accident that occurs in your home. Lastly, it may be a good idea to let local police know there will be major renovations made to your home; in most cases, patrolling officers will gladly pay extra attention to your neighborhood.
The author of this article, Michael Williams, is an enthusiastic purveyor of home security supplies. He has been writing about home safety, security and theft prevention, while also supplying home alarms to those whom need them.