5 High Security Home Design Tips
Not every home needs the same level of security as, say, the White House. It’s not like you’re looking for an ex-secret service member to stand outside your bedroom door. And yet, there are quite a few people who, for one reason or another, have cause to implement security measures in and around the home. You don’t have to be a celebrity to want to protect yourself and your family, and you don’t have to harbor extreme wealth to have something valuable to secure. Anyway, who can place a dollar amount on the safety of their family and their possessions? The point is, you might be seeking options for increased security on the home front. And here are a few to consider.
- Smart home alarm system. This may not be the most expensive or elite home security option on the market, but when you consider how your home security fits into your overall design, this type of system could definitely come in handy. These days such systems are wireless, meaning you won’t have to contend with a slew of unsightly cables attached to windows and doors. But even better is the fact that you can control the alarms (turning them on and off) remotely via your smartphone. In addition, you can hook up other electrical systems like keypads on doors, lighting, the thermostat, and even household electronics (like the television and stereo). This not only allows you to turn on lights and heat up the house before you get home, but you can also make it look like someone is in residence even while you’re away.
- Surveillance cameras. Having eyes and ears on your house at all times doesn’t require you to engage the services of a personal security force; all you need are surveillance cameras. In truth, just the appearance of surveillance is enough to stop most threats. But having this form of security could also offer early warning of an attempted break-in, giving you time to escape or call the authorities, as well as the evidence needed to put thieves or attackers in jail.
- Panic room. If you’re truly concerned about the safety of your family for some reason, it couldn’t hurt to have a hidden panic room installed on the property. Provided you can reach it, you’ll be safe until the authorities arrive thanks to amenities like food storage and an outside line that allows you to call for help.
- Command center. If you want to take your panic room to the next level you can create a command center that features monitors with which to watch your surveillance footage, multiple means of communication, the security of a panic room setup, and even weaponry needed to fight off would-be attackers.
- Remote hidden weaponry. The latest in home defense design revolves around weapons that are camouflaged in walls, ceilings, heck, even outdoor water features. They are designed to blend in with your existing structure thanks to hidden panels and the like, and you can detonate them remotely in order to attack intruders from a safe distance. Of course, this could be considered a bit extreme, but when facing threats to the safety of your home and your family, desperate times call for desperate measures.