Whether your children have a lot of friends coming over or you own a vacation home or short-term rental, you have a lot of foot traffic. Even if all your guests are trustworthy, that foot traffic can make your Austin vulnerable to criminal activity. With so many people coming and going, it’s easy to forget to set the alarm, lock the turn, or turn on the surveillance cameras. One small mistake can leave your home vulnerable. Luckily, with new technology you can take a few steps to protect your busy home. Here are four tips to protect your Austin house when you entertain guests:
1. Install Smart Locks
Smart locks come in a variety of options. You can get a keypad that allows visitors to have a specific key code to enter. You can program these doors to always stay locked except when accessed. The best part is these codes are very easy to change, so if you have short term renters you can give them a unique code and then erase it after their rental period is complete. You can also get locks you can lock and unlock remotely with your smartphone. This is a great option if you have children who are a little forgetful when running in and out of the house with their friends.
2. Integrate Remote Monitoring And Controls
Remote monitoring and controls let you manage your Austin home without having to be on the property. You can check in and monitor who has entered and left your home. You can also lock the doors, turn on the alarm system, and even set the thermostat after someone leaves. Remote monitoring can also let you check in on your kids and their friends to make sure they are safe while playing at your house.
3. Install Surveillance Cameras Inside And Out
Security cameras are a great idea for any home. However, most people just install them on the outside to prevent theft. If you have a lot of visitors, it’s a good idea to install them inside your home as well in communal areas. By having both indoor and outdoor cameras, you’ll be able to see who comes and goes from your home and make sure everyone is safe. It’s also a great way to protect yourself against premises liability. If someone is injured on your property, you can make sure that they were acting safely before paying the insurance claim.
4. Create Individual Security Areas
Another good idea is to segment your security to meet your needs. For example, if you hire someone to do your lawn care, you can grant them access to your garage as needed. If you have guests in a basement or outhouse, you can give them access to only those areas. If you have kids friends over, you can allow them access to the home, but not your bedroom. That way you can keep valuables, alcohol, and any weapons safely out of their hands. There are so many options on how you can design your system, the best idea is to talk to a security professional to make sure it is set up so it works for you.
If your home is busy, you can still keep your family and possession safe. With smart home features and a good design, your security system can work for you.