Unfortunately, a growing Miami population means growing crime, and it is on the rise everywhere. This leaves homeowners asking the question, “What can I do to prevent my home from being burglarized?”. While there are many forms of crime deterrents, how much do outdoor lights really deter burglars? Should they be used alone or with other forms of security?
While lighting does not necessarily deter burglars, as many burglaries often happen during broad daylight, it can be a helpful tool in assisting with a home security system. Many burglars who were questioned cited that they were more nervous of being seen on camera, and lighting can help provide better picture to catch them in the act. Placing lighting in areas where a burglar will be caught on camera is a much more effective approach to using lighting in your home security system, as the presence of a light alone does not generally deter a thief. Also, use lighting in places that can be seen easily, whether it is by yourself or your neighbors. There is no point in using lighting in an area that is obstructed from view.
Even with these facts, many Miami homeowners still believe that using security lighting will help to deter any potential thieves. If one is going to go ahead and choose to use security lighting as a source of crime deterrent, there are a few various ways homeowners can install security lighting to make it slightly more effective. The number one rule is to make sure there is enough lighting in the area so that you can correctly identify the criminal for when you file a police report. The light you choose to use is important as well, spotlights and floodlights will emit more lighting which allows you to see and identify criminals easier than you would with using other lighting options.
When using lighting to deter or catch a criminal, your yard work is important as well. Keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed and cleared away from windows is a key factor in home security. In addition to this, motion lights are effective when it comes to spooking or surprising a thief. If you decide to forgo this option, a timed light that is set to come on at dusk is another good way to use lighting to deter a thief.
In an age where criminals are becoming smarter and more prevalent, it is vital that we protect our homes and our families. Investing in a good home security system can save you thousands in damage to your home, and could even save your life and your families life. While security lighting is an option for home security, it should be used in conjunction with other forms of home security, such as with cameras. And remember, if you choose to use lighting to deter or catch criminals place the lighting in unobstructed areas, use motion detectors, and makes sure the light bulbs emit enough light to be able to effectively identify the intruder.