Top 5 Security Solutions for Your Home

Discover the top 5 do-it-yourself security ideas that can help protect your home. From smart doorbells to motion sensors, these gadgets are a must-have for any homeowner.

7/14/20235 min read

people sitting down near table with assorted laptop computers
people sitting down near table with assorted laptop computers

Can I be everywhere at once? The obvious answer is no, but our data and wherever it goes can be in more than one place at a time. By utilizing the IoT, gadget users and concerned citizens can prep their properties, apartments, houses, and land in order to provide saftey. The goal is not to harm people, but to generate a peace of mind that will enable productivity. The following ideas I found helpful for creating a safe and peaceful environment.

Doorbell Cameras

My absolute favorite gadget for home security other than building one out of an Arduino uno, is the Ring doorbell camera. One of the primary advantages of a Ring doorbell camera is improved security. It allows you to monitor and record activity at your doorstep, providing a deterrent to potential burglars or intruders. The camera's presence alone can discourage criminals from attempting a break-in, as they know they may be caught on video. Ring doorbell cameras enable you to monitor your front door in real-time using a smartphone or other connected devices. This feature is particularly helpful when you're away from home, allowing you to see and interact with visitors, delivery persons, or even potential trespassers remotely. Some Ring doorbell cameras allow you to join or create a neighborhood watch network. This feature fosters a sense of community by enabling residents to share alerts, suspicious activity reports, and other relevant information to enhance local security collectively.

white camera
white camera

Dogs can help

Noise: Dogs are known to bark when strangers approach or enter their territory, which can draw attention and potentially alert neighbors or passersby.

Threat of Attack: Even if a burglar isn't scared off by the dog's size, they still run the risk of being attacked. Most burglars want to avoid confrontation of any kind.

Unpredictability: Dogs are unpredictable. A burglar cannot know how a dog will react, and this adds an extra layer of risk to their operation.

In conclusion, while a dog might provide some deterrence against burglars, it's important to use multiple layers of security to protect your home. This can include alarm systems, deadbolt locks, security cameras, and proper outdoor lighting.

However, a few things should be kept in mind

  • Not all dogs are equally effective at deterring crime. A small or overly friendly dog might not scare away a determined burglar.

  • Relying solely on a dog for home security is not recommended. Dogs can be easily distracted, manipulated, or even injured by an intruder. Therefore, they should not be considered a replacement for other home security measures, such as alarm systems, security cameras, or good locks.

  • It's also worth noting that having a dog as a "security system" can also potentially lead to other issues, such as liability if the dog injures someone.

I bet you dont know what ADT stands for...

ADT started out as an ingenious system based off of the telegraph. The network was invented by Edward Callahan before the dawn of the 19th century. It was the first electronic system used for families to call for assistance if they ever needed help. The following are benefits of using ADT:

  1. Reliable Security: ADT offers a comprehensive range of security products and services designed to protect homes.

  2. 24/7 Monitoring: ADT provides 24/7 monitoring service

  3. Rapid Emergency Response: ADT has a well-established network of monitoring centers staffed by trained professionals.

  4. Deterrence of Criminal Activity: ADT's visible security systems, such as alarm systems and surveillance cameras, can act as a deterrent to potential criminals.

  5. Integration with Smart Home Technology: ADT has embraced smart home technology, allowing integration with various devices and platforms.

  6. Peace of Mind: ADT's security solutions offer peace of mind to homeowners and business owners, knowing that their properties are protected.

Is it pepper spray or is it Superior?

Pepper spray models like the Kimber Pepper Blaster can offer several benefits for home defense in cities compared to purchasing guns. Here are some advantages:

  1. Non-lethal option: Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool that incapacitates attackers temporarily without causing permanent harm or death. This can be especially beneficial in urban areas where discharging firearms can have severe consequences, including collateral damage and legal implications.

  2. Ease of use: The Kimber Pepper Blaster, is designed for quick deployment and can be operated with one hand. This accessibility makes it suitable for individuals who may not have prior firearms training.

  3. Legal considerations: Firearms ownership and use come with significant legal responsibilities and potential consequences.

  4. Versatility: Pepper spray can be effective in a variety of situations and against different types of attackers.

  5. Psychological deterrent: The presence of pepper spray can act as a psychological deterrent, potentially dissuading potential attackers.

It's important to note that while pepper spray can be an effective self-defense tool, it is not without limitations. It may not be effective against individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and wind or other environmental factors can affect its effectiveness. It's also crucial to familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations regarding the purchase, carry, and use of pepper spray in your area.

Final thoughts

I have a saying that I use to describe people who I see. Some people are what I call soft targets. Soft targets are the ones that dont pay attention and are complacent. You have seen them before. They walk into you because they are looking at their phone, or they drink all night and walk home inebriated. On the other hand, there are hard targets. These tend to be alert, non-complacent, more prepared looking. Please don't be a soft target. Be a hard target.

Quality, not quantity

We have made quality our habit. It’s not something that we just strive for – we live by this principle every day.

There is a very old saying that says "Our greatest battles in life will be won with the help of others." It is a true statement that our greatest and most daunting tasks require more then just a single person operating alone. Likewise, most people who accomplish great tasks, whether famous or unknown, did not achieve them by themselves.