Maintaining Privacy within Your Home
Your home should act as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, therefore it’s imperative that privacy within your home is maintained at all times, enabling you to sit back and relax with a hot beverage, a fluffy blanket and a good film.
In order to protect your home from prying eyes, whether they be nosy neighbours or potential thieves looking for items to steal in your absence, we recommend doing the following things to maintain maximum privacy all year round.
Install A Fence
Adequate fencing is a quick and easy way to maximise your privacy at home, regardless of how big or small your house or garden is. Despite many thinking that fences are somewhat of an eyesore, there are plenty of styles, materials and colours for you to choose from, should you not want to compromise on the excellent condition and aesthetic of your garden.
Although having a fence installed isn’t the cheapest option when it comes to privacy and security, buying the materials and installing it yourself could cut costs significantly. However, if you’re less able-bodied or if you’d rather relax instead of labouring over the installation of a fence, you should consider hiring a professional to do it all for you.
Strategically Place Plants And Shrubbery
Plants, shrubs and trees are an ideal way of creating privacy in and around your home. Large plants can be potted or planted in the soil for maximum growth. Opt for plants which will grow outwards or grow to be particularly tall. Place shrubs and other plants strategically, using perspective to your advantage.
Walk outside and cross the road, then turn and look at your property. What can you see from there? Perhaps you have a full view of the living room and everything in it, if this is the case, try placing shrubs and planting flowers around the area.
Plants ideal for adding privacy to your home:
- Skip Laurel
- Moonlight runner beans
Add Window Dressings
The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to secure privacy in your home is to install blinds, shutters, curtains or net curtains. This can make all the difference when it comes to strangers peering into other people’s homes. During the winter months, daylight hours diminish, meaning we’ll spend longer with our lights on, therefore illuminating a room and everything inside it.
For opportunistic thieves, this blunder could prove to be extremely useful to them, especially on the run-up to Christmas. As the night draws in, ensure blinds are down and curtains are shut before turning lights on for a considerable amount of time – you never know who might be watching.
Not only could window dressings be useful at night, but they can serve the same purpose during the day. Wandering eyes can still make their way into your home regardless of the time of day. So when you’re at work or if you know the house will be empty, take steps to close blinds and put up net curtains to obstruct the view from the street.
Ensure Windows And Doors Are Locked
Not only will this stop people walking into your home when you’re least expecting it (such as children barging in after a long day at school), but it can also prevent trespassers from entering your property, too.
An increasing number of criminals are trying their luck by attempting to open front and back doors in the hope that they’ve been left unlocked. If they are, a multitude of items could be stolen without them barely stepping foot into your home.
Items you should not keep near your front or back door:
- Car keys
- Front or back door keys
- Expensive ornaments
- Family heirlooms
- Purses, wallets, handbags
- Smart devices (mobiles, tablets, laptops)
For extra security, perhaps look at installing light sensors to your front and back doors, this will alert you should someone unscrupulous be lurking around your home.
Install a security camera
There are many ways in which the installation of a security camera can help to provide both privacy and security. Considered to be a worthwhile investment, the addition of a CCTV camera can put minds at rest, particularly when you’re away from home.
As technology continues to develop, security cameras have become highly advanced, complete with a live stream which can be viewed on your smartphone from anywhere in the world.
The ways in which you can benefit from the installation of a state-of-the-art security camera include:
Crime prevention – security cameras immediately act as a deterrent for potential criminals, therefore protecting your family and your possessions from thieves.
Monitoring of activities and events – most security cameras may also cover the street you live on. If any suspicious activity occurs outside your home, on the street, then the footage will be captured and you may be able to send it to the police or insurance firms to help others.
Arriving at the correct conclusions – should you catch someone attempting to burgle your property or break into your car, and their face is captured on your security camera, then the police will be able to determine, without a doubt, who the perpetrator was, allowing for very little confusion to occur. This way, the right person can be prosecuted, if it comes to that.
How Caught on Camera can help you
We have an impressive range of high-quality CCTV systems available for both domestic and commercial customers. We’re able to stock the latest in CCTV technology, giving our clients complete peace of mind all year round with the installation of our security cameras.
Our team of experts are able to create a unique digital setup that’s perfectly designed to your exact specifications and requirements. From IP cameras to wireless CCTV equipment, we have a variety of surveillance systems available to help keep our customers safe.
For more information about the digital CCTV systems and commercial CCTV systems we have available, then get in touch with a friendly, knowledgeable member of our team today. We’re even able to offer 12 months’ service and maintenance cover with every purchase.