Outdoor Lighting for Security
Brightening your home exerior can deter trespassers and help you feel safe
By Glyn Sheridan
If you're concerned about safety around your home, consider installing an outdoor lighting system to deter would-be criminals. The United States Department of Justice suggests that some forms of outdoor lighting may reduce crime by increasing a criminal's risk of identification. In addition, well-lit outdoor areas may encourage homeowner activity on porches and in yards after dark, further decreasing the risk of criminals targeting the home.
- What You Need to Know
- Security lights are available in many types to suit your home landscaping needs while offering protection from potential criminals.
- In addition to illuminating specific areas, some security lights, when triggered by movement, emit an alarm. There are also lights available for times when other lighting, including indoor and street lighting, is minimal.
Place outdoor security lights at all entry doors to the home. This includes sliding patio doors and doors on any upper decks. Climbing an exterior structure to access a second-story door is not a deterrent for some physically fit criminals. In addition, illuminate ground-floor windows that offer easy access to your home.
Light up the outdoor areas of your home that offer safety features to you, as well as a deterrent to potential burglars. A well-lit front entry allows you to quickly find the correct key to enter your home. In addition, emergency personnel and law enforcement officers can respond quickly if your house numbers are illuminated. You should also illuminate your street address, as it makes your home more identifiable to emergency personnel and good Samaritans.
Choose always-on lights for constant protection throughout the night. Although these lights use more electricity to operate, they are beneficial in providing a blanket of security during the dark hours. You can also put lights on a timer to compensate for dark hours.
Install motion-sensing lights if you want to illuminate the area only when someone passes nearby. These lights offer a big surprise factor to anyone lurking too closely to your home. In addition, a motion sensor light that comes on unexpectedly may alert your neighbors to a potential problem.
Attach a programmable timer to your outdoor security light system to ensure that your lights come on every night. Program the lights to come on and shut off at different times if you're going to be on vacation. A constant pattern may alert a criminal to the fact that you're not home.
About the Author
Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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