Automatic lights can help ensure that burglars have nowhere to hide. Burglars are more likely to target homes where they think that they’ll be able to enter, commit the crime and leave without being seen or heard. By using automatic lights, you can help to make any potential intruder feel as though they’re exposed and identifiable. In this blog post we’ll explain how different forms of automatic lighting can help to deter burglars.
External Lighting Keeps Things Visible
Many people like to keep their property less visible from the street. From growing hedges and trees to building walls and fences, many homeowners try to keep prying eyes away from their property. However, these features can help make it easier for a burglar to commit a crime, as they can help allow them to enter a property unnoticed and also provide them with places to hide.
An external automatic light can help prevent burglaries. This is because they flood the area with light. In doing so, they illuminate all of these hiding places, making it easier for neighbours and passers-by to spot an intruder on your property.
By suddenly illuminating the area when there’s a sign of movement, the automatic lighting is also likely to attract attention, further increasing the chances that a burglar will be caught in the act.
Many burglars will scout an area during the day before they commit crimes in the evening. If they spot the presence of automatic lighting, then they’re more likely to pick another property where there’s a lower risk that they’ll be caught.
In addition, an external automatic light can also help you to investigate outside incidents from the safety of your home, such as seeing who is at the door or what the cause of a noise in your garden may have been.
Internal Lighting Creates the Impression of Occupancy
By using automatic internal lighting, such as timers, you’ll be able to turn lights and lamps on at pre-set times while you’re away. These lights are great for deterring burglars, as they create the impression that someone is home, even when you’re out.
This can help deter burglars as they help make your home a high-risk target for any potential intruder, further increasing the chance that they’ll be caught.
When you’re selecting automatic lights for the inside of your home, you should consider how natural the scene would appear from the street. For example, having a light on in every room may appear suspicious, while only leaving a light on in the hall may look odd. Instead, consider lighting one room at the back of the home, such as the kitchen, and one light at the front of the home, such as an upstairs bedroom.
The main advantage to using automatic lighting to create the impression of occupancy is that it appears more natural than simply leaving a light on when you leave. For example, if you turn a light on as you leave the home but it stays on all night, then it’s likely to have the opposite impression, showing that nobody is home at all. When you use automatic lights, as well as turning lights on at a pre-set time, you can turn them off at a pre-set time, too.
Embrace Home Security Solutions
Although automatic lights are great for deterring burglars, they’re most effective when used as part of a complete home security solution. By connecting your security solution to your smartphone, you’ll be able to arm and disarm your system from anywhere in the world. This can include turning lights on and off, locking and unlocking doors, opening or closing a garage door and even seeing who is at your door.
To conclude, automatic lights can help to deter burglars, so consider external and internal lighting solutions. However, rather than using lighting in isolation as a deterrent, you should consider using them as part of a home security solution that includes automation. If you’re interested in a home security solution, or would like further information on how you can deter potential criminals from targeting your home, then please contact us on 1300 773 633 or get a quote.