Your Home Security Checklist? Done.
New place? Here’s your guide on home security essentials.
Whether you’re renting a new place or proudly becoming a homeowner, home security is crucial. The thing is, “security” is a quite broad concept. Is it kitchen safety? Outdoor security? Babyproofing? As you’ve probably already guessed, home safety covers anything and everything.
So, to make your life easier, we’ve written this home security checklist. You can use it to get a grasp of what shouldn’t be missing in your new home and find useful links to more in-depth guides.
Why follow a home security checklist? The answer is simple: A checklist allows you to keep track of the security measures you’ve already implemented, while reminding you of those that are still pending. Basically, it lets you keep track of both the threats you’re prepared for and those you’re not.
As you know, the consequences of not being protected will always be worse than those of being cautious. Take home burglaries, for instance. In 2022, the FBI reported an average stolen value in residences of $92,196. Contrast that loss with the cost of a security camera—a proven deterrent for potential criminals. The Arlo 2nd Gen Security Camera, for example, starts at just $49.99.
The same principle applies to the damage caused by a home fire versus investing in a simple smoke detector. Or the sunk cost of not having a fully stocked first aid kit during an actual emergency. Or rebuilding your home after a natural disaster hits your neighborhood compared to your home insurance premium. After all, security comes with peace of mind.
Here are 10 recommendations for your essential home security. Keep in mind: Some security must-haves may vary depending on whether you’re a renter or a homeowner. For example, as a renter, investing in home insurance is not needed since that responsibility falls on your landlord. However, you could consider renter’s insurance to protect your indoor property from any damages. Pro tip: Renters insurance usually doesn’t cover damages to the building itself, just your individual unit.
Ensure that all your windows and doors (including the garage door and sliding glass doors) close properly and have working locks. If someone else previously lived in the house, consider changing the locks when you move in, as previous occupants may still have a key. If you’re renting, discuss lock changes with your landlord on your move-in date.
Plus, consider installing contact sensors. These devices trigger an alarm as soon as a door or window is opened, and send a notification to your smartphone. We’ll delve into this further in the next recommendation. Not sure how to install window alarm sensors or how to secure a garage door? We’ve got you covered.
Even with the most secure windows and sensors in place, it’s best practice to keep valuables out of sight to keep your home off the robber “watchlist”. Take this extra precaution to deter home invasions.
For front door protection, consider installing a video doorbell. Options like the Arlo 2nd Gen Video Doorbell feature a high-resolution camera and 2-Way Audio. You’ll be able to see who’s at the door from your smartphone before answering.
Do You Need A Home Security System? Here Are 5 Reasons You Do. Contact sensors work great for detecting intruders, but what about other threats? That’s where a comprehensive alarm system truly pays off. Consider options like the Arlo Home Security System with All-In-One Sensors that detect eight different threats.
The All-in-One Sensors double as contact sensors and motion sensors. Plus, you’ll get an alert when the sensors hear a smoke alarm or a Carbon Monoxide alarm, so you can get emergency help right away. These sensors even monitor water leaks and temperature changes—useful for detecting frozen pipes.
Plus, with subscription plans like Arlo Secure, you can expand their functionality. This subscription plan adds features like 24/7 Professional Monitoring and One Tap Emergency Response. Paired with an Arlo security camera, Arlo Secure will provide Cloud Video Storage for up to 30 days.
Security cameras are still the cornerstone of home security. When clearly visible, they deter potential thieves. In the unfortunate event of a burglary, they provide crucial evidence that is helpful for identifying criminals.
Wait, How Many Security Cameras Do I Need? Start with at least two cameras to cover your front and back doors. Modern cameras are now more accessible than ever and come packed with useful features. For example, the Arlo 2nd Gen Security Camera boasts Color Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, and an Integrated Spotlight.
Additionally, you have other options like the Arlo Ultra 2, with 4K video resolution with HDR. Want to take your security outside your Wi-Fi range? Choose the Arlo Go 2, equipped with 4G LTE connectivity to keep your cameras up and running in case of Wi-Fi outages due to inclement weather.
Potential intruders are always on the lookout for burglary opportunities. Take your time and walk your perimeter, identifying potential access points to your property. The best way to protect against a home invasion? Eliminate entry points, and also consider reducing hiding spots. Trim bushes, fix broken fences, and install security lights, for example. Remember: Burglars come back after failed attempts, so always be prepared.
Light not only deters potential criminals, but also helps prevent falls and accidents. Install motion-activated lights in pathways and expansive areas. Or protect alleyways, driveways, and other spaces with the convenience of a wire-free floodlight.
What Is The Difference Between a Floodlight And Spotlight Camera? The main difference between spotlight and floodlight security cameras is the size of the area they illuminate. Consider options like the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera. This model features a powerful 2K security camera built into a bright LED floodlight for all-in-one security.
From a power outage in winter to a flash flood, always prepare for the unexpected. Invest in fire extinguishers and ensure they are ready to use in case of a fire. Keep at least one fully stocked first aid kit and one emergency kit on hand. Ensure your house number is visible from the street.
The National Fire Protection Association also recommends having an escape plan. Gather everyone in your household and walk through your home, identifying all possible exits and coming up with an emergency plan.
If you have kids, you know they’re prone to accidents. Take the time to properly childproof your home by putting dangerous items away and installing safety latches on cupboards. Child gates are great for keeping the young ones away from off-limits areas. Plus, security cameras can help you keep an eye on them. Not sure where to start? Explore our First Time Parent’s Guide To Security today.
Having a sense of community does wonders for your peace of mind. You’ll always know you’ll have a good neighbor willing to help in the case of an emergency. That’s why building a relationship with your neighbors could be considered a security measure.
Of course, we all do our best to prevent emergencies and accidents. However, accidents can happen no matter how prepared we are. With the right home insurance, the unexpected could be less catastrophic. Invest in home insurance, and remember that there are ways to save on your premium. For instance, insurance companies offer discounts to houses with security systems installed.
Don’t Forget To Prepare Your House For An Extended Vacation. Your house is ready for safe living, but what about when you’re away? If you’re taking a long trip out of town, always remember to properly prepare your home. Ensure that nothing takes away your peace while you’re enjoying a warm tropical beach bath. You could look for a house sitter, invest in security cameras, and turn your water heater to “vacation mode.”
Jump-start your home security right from the beginning with Arlo security cameras, home security system, and video doorbells. Take it a step further with Arlo Secure, with 24/7 Professional Monitoring and One Tap Emergency Response. Or, for a smarter and safer home, consider Arlo Total Security, starting at just $9.99 per month. With Arlo, you get all the tools for complete home security, ensuring you can enjoy your new place with peace of mind.