3 Steps for Securing Rural Properties With Technology
Large rural properties bring seclusion and are inherently less vulnerable to crime. If theft or vandalism does occur, the damage can be more severe. If undetected, thieves will have free range to pack up high-value items. Police will take longer to arrive and will have a harder time with the investigation.
You can secure your property with common-sense steps: locks, surrounding fence, signs and of course, a protective pooch. But if you want total peace of mind for when you’re out of town or away from the property, it’s time to enlist the help of today’s latest tech.
1. Install a Comprehensive Security Camera System
The most effective method for rural property protection is a security camera system. The security cameras of today feature wire-free operation, tons of hard drive space, motion recording, thermosensors, and other features that were previously only available on commercial equipment. Lorex Technology’s wire-free Diurnal security cameras can be placed in high locations so you can capture all angles of a large property. They also offer a long-distance wireless range, meaning they can transmit data to the receiver up to 600 feet away.
Any camera system will be futile without the proper technology to address after-dark hours. Night vision cameras are equipped with LED bulbs, which create an invisible infrared light to reflect off objects more than 100 feet away. Lastly, Diurnal technology is designed to help you better monitor your security camera system without constant monitoring or filling up hard drives. How? These cameras have a built-in thermo-sensor, which picks up rapid changes in heat. This way they only record when the sensors are activated by a person, animal, or vehicle, saving you space on your DVR and minimizing false alarms, since they won’t detect movement without a heat pattern.
2. Create a Network of Smart Lighting Solutions
The next step to securing your rural property is a lighting system strategy. This includes motion-activated lights that can be placed near doors or garages. These can be installed near cameras so you’ll always have a clear view of what sets off the alarm. But you should also think about lighting inside your property. Despite the advances in security, making would-be burglars think the home is occupied will always be a highly effective deterrent. This is especially true in rural properties where criminals are looking for large hauls and know most homeowners will be armed. Set up timed lights that go off and on periodically throughout the night. These can be found at your local Home Depot or you can set up a Phillips HUE system, which can be controlled by a smartphone. This requires less energy than leaving lights on all night long. It’s also more effective as it provides the illusion of someone in the home. Make sure blinds and shutters are closed so intruders peek inside.
3. Rely on Online Community of Neighbors
Another form of protection is an age-old idea with a new-school twist. Services such as Nextdoor have created a “Facebook for Neighbors” platform that allows people to post about neighborhood issues and online classifieds. Neighbors can alert you of suspicious activity around your house. Or watch over the house while you’re on vacation. However, you should always be careful about posting your whereabouts or when you’re leaving town as the information could be accessed by people outside of your neighborhood.
When it comes to securing your property, it’s best to identify which trouble areas of your property need to be visible by camera, test the equipment and make sure the feed works with your mobile device. Do some test runs with the lighting system and make sure the lights are visible from outside your home. Lastly, introduce yourself to your neighborhood and sign up for relevant alerts.