Home Security: Differences and Similarities Between Homes

It doesn’t take much to learn the most basic home security concepts. Just run a standard internet search on a phrase like ‘basic home security tips’. Your favorite search engine will return more results than you could reasonably look at. But are all homes secured the same way? Are there any differences to account for?

The answer to these questions might very well be found in an innovative blog post I ran across on the Vivint Smart Home website. The post takes a look at various styles of homes, the regions in the U.S. where such homes are likely to be found, and the unique aspects of designing and deploying security features for each style.

The post makes it clear that different types of homes have different security needs. And yet, despite these different needs, the fundamental principles remain the same. Vivint concluded the post by listing all the basic strategies you could find anywhere else online.

The Tree Trimming Example

The first type of home featured in the post was a typical colonial that you might find in the northeast. A visual depiction of such a home in Connecticut included three sizable trees on the property. Two of the trees would give a burglar direct access to second-floor windows. What was Vivint’s recommendation? Trimming back the trees so that windows could not be accessed from them.

It turns out that keeping trees and shrubs trimmed is a basic strategy applicable to any type of home surrounded by trees. It is not unique to colonials or homes in the northeast. However, northeast homes are more likely to be on heavily wooded lots – especially in comparison to residential properties in the southwest.

The Basics Are Pretty Uniform

Despite some of the unique aspects of different styles of homes, the basics of home security are pretty uniform. For example, keeping landscaping under control reduces loitering by taking away spaces that would otherwise be friendly to criminals trying to hide. A well-maintained lawn acts as somewhat of a deterrent in the sense that it tells criminals that a homeowner pays attention to his property.

In terms of actually securing a home, one of the most fundamental practices is keeping windows and doors locked at all times. First-floor doors should be equipped with heavy-duty deadbolt locks. First-floor windows should be equipped with accessory anti-burglary locks in addition to the factory installed latches.

Identifying Risks and Hazards

For homeowners, it all boils down to identifying risks and hazards. Once you know the basics of home security, you can evaluate your own property and apply the principles accordingly. For example, you may not have any trees close enough to your home to provide access to second floor windows. But maybe you have a couple of trees in the front yard that block the view of your home from the street. You still want to keep those trees trimmed. It is just for a different reason.

Of course, installing a home security system is always an option. But home security is not a perfect or foolproof solution all by itself. It’s just one of many different strategies homeowners should consider to secure their properties. In addition, those who choose to install security systems should consider professional 24/7 monitoring.

Your home is very similar to others from a security standpoint. But it is also distinct in many ways as well. Your security rests in your ability to identify risks and hazards and then address them accordingly. Use whatever general strategies are effective. Then employ strategies that address your home’s unique aspects.