According to reports, 65% of burglaries take place during the day when there are no people at home. These incidents usually take place between 10 AM and 3 PM while the homeowners are still at work or school. Despite this fact, it is still important to secure your home at night too, and you can do this with the help of better lighting.
The answer isn’t to douse your home in light. There is evidence that suggest too much light can make a house more inviting to a potential burglar. However, responsible lighting can help to deter criminals from making your home a target. It can also help to quickly detect thieves if they have made your home a target. How do you that? Take a look at the information below:
Why You Need Lighting
Remember, it is always preferable to prevent criminals from making your house a target than it is to stop them in the act. This is why motion detectors should not be considered the be-all, end-all of outside lighting. The idea is to maintain the appearance of a home that is in use and has residents inside that are aware if anyone should come around their property. Criminals prefer the cover of darkness to conceal their actions. When your house has the proper lighting, any act of intrusion or questionable activity will be highly visible to those inside. If they cannot avoid being seen, burglars will avoid the house and move on.
The Role of Lighting
There are many ways the right kind of lighting can keep your house safe at night. The two main methods are using lighting as a means of detection and lighting as a preventative measure.
If you want your lighting to detect those who might target your home before they are able to act, motion sensor lighting is a useful tool. Leaving your lights on at night is a waste of electricity and will become expensive over time. There’s a better way to protect what is your by installing motion sensor lighting in conjunction with your house lighting. This method can help prevent burglars from breaking into your home. If they target your house and activate the sensor, they are likely to flee the scene rather than risk being caught in the act.
The issue with using that kind of lighting is that it allows criminals to target your house before chasing them off. Most break ins can take place in a matter of minutes, so even if the motion sensors detect them, it might not necessarily chase them off in time. A more effective measure is to leave outdoor lighting on until you go to bed. There are many different types of lighting that can help to dissuade criminals from targeting your home, including house lighting, pathway lighting, garden lighting, and flood lighting.
Using a time switch can help you manage your outdoor lighting, even late into the night. Timing your lights to go on at certain times to create the illusion that someone is awake in the house can do wonders at preventing break ins. A timer can also come in handy while you are on vacation, allowing the house to look like it is being used, even when it is empty.
Being Responsible With your Lighting
To take advantage of the security benefits of outdoor lighting, it is important to understand how to do so responsibly. Otherwise, you run the risk of wasting hundreds of dollars and becoming an even likelier victim of robbery. First off, you must design your lighting carefully because poorly placed lighting will do nothing to help you get around your property at night and could become a safety issue. You should also consider the amount of light being used to illuminate the property. Too much light can make your home too visible and turn your house into a beacon for criminals.
Lastly, take some time to understand the differences between the different types of lighting that is available to you. Most lighting serves as a safety measure rather than as actual security. Landscape lighting is best at illuminating paths and walkways around your home. Free-standing post luminaires provide lighting to a small space, usually in the front of the house and on the lawn. Surface mounted luminaires can provide general lighting around the house, primarily near doors and windows. Roadway luminaires are used to illuminate the side of a house from the roadway. Floodlights are a great way to illuminate big areas of property with one strong light. Every light that is installed should serve a useful purpose that works together with everything around it.
If you wish to install proper lighting in your home and increase security, AAA Medallion can help. We specialize in boosting home security through many different types of security systems. We have years of experience installing the proper and responsible lighting for each individual property. Many don’t know how delicate this situation can be. Don’t hesitate to call AAA Medallion, we will be glad to help you!