Your home is your happy place, your palace, and should be your safe haven. But do you have a security system robust enough to protect your beautiful home and its contents? There are special considerations you should take to safeguard your large home that many basic security system packages simply don’t offer. We will break down everything you need to know here, from installation to tools and the best providers for luxury home security.
How to determine home security needs for your large house
Create a checklist to ensure that you have the home security essentials. Then, assess any additional considerations you should make for your home or community, if necessary:
If you have a high-end or recently updated home, you may already have these items. If so, make sure there are enough to secure your entire home.
- Working smoke alarms on every floor, at a minimum.
- Working carbon monoxide detectors on every floor, at a minimum.
- Functional window locks and deadbolts on the exterior doors. We highly recommend changing the locks at move-in.
Your Home and Family
Once you’ve checked off the non-negotiables, ask yourself if your home or family presents any unique concerns.
- Do you have heavy foot traffic coming in and out? Consider children, friends, babysitters, cleaning crews, household help, etc. The more people that come and go, the more vulnerable your home is.
- Is your yard well-maintained or overgrown? Unkempt landscape is often a sign of a vacant home, and thieves notice. Also, vegetation in your yard may conceal intruders and give them a hidden path to access your home.
- Is there a secure place for your mail and packages to be delivered, or are you a target for package thieves?
- Is your property located in a high-traffic pedestrian area? You may want to take additional measures against spur-of-the-moment theft.
- Do you live in an area that’s prone to natural disasters, power outages, or other environmental hazards? If so, you’ll need to take certain steps to secure your property.
- Is there any home security equipment pre-installed in your home? You may be able to pick up a contract with that provider for a discounted rate. Some providers also offer monitoring services that work with another company’s equipment.
- Do you have a pool, garage, or large yard? These areas need to be protected as well.
Your Neighborhood and Community
High-end home security goes beyond the physical aspect like alarms and cameras. It also includes security-minded practices and habits that are crucial to keeping your home safe.
- If you haven’t already, research the neighborhood for relevant crime statistics, sex offenders, and known safety issues. Websites like AreaVibes are a great resource for crime statistics in your city.
- Introduce yourself to neighbors and learn more about what goes on in close proximity. “Be alert and trust your instincts. If something or someone looks out of place in your neighborhood, call the police to investigate,” says Paul Mascari, Founder and Principal Consultant of Clearwall Safety Consultants. “Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Websites like Nextdoor can be a great way to share information amongst neighbors but remember to share suspicious activity with the police as well.”
Recommended home security products and services for large homes
There are two major types of home security systems to consider before choosing a provider, professionally installed security systems and self-installed (do-it-yourself) security systems. There are pros and cons to each, and the right system for you really depends on your home and personal preferences.
Professionally Installed Home Security Systems
These are our recommended home security systems for large homes for a few reasons:
- Professionally installed and monitored home security providers will send a technician to make sure you’re fully covered and everything is properly set up.
- Hardwired home security systems are less vulnerable to signal jammers (an inexpensive device used by thieves to interfere with wireless technology) than wireless-only systems.
- If you have a large house, it’s difficult to monitor everything yourself. Professional 24/7 monitoring is key to addressing emergencies as soon as they arise.
- These providers offer scalable systems for maximum coverage. You can get everything from your smoke detectors to security cameras from one company. Getting devices from one provider also means that you can use a single mobile app to control your security system and see what’s going on in and around your home.
- Large houses may be targeted by thieves because they believe there are more valuable items inside. They also have more entry and exit points, as well as outbuildings, pools, and cars.
Self-Installed (DIY) Home Security Systems
These systems require some level of tech savvy, but are very flexible, scalable and cost efficient.
- Pros – You can start with a basic system and add on more devices if you need to. Many providers offer month-to-month pricing for monitoring services.
- Cons – You must purchase all equipment up front and ensure that you set the system up correctly. Many DIY systems rely on Wi-Fi technology that can be blocked with a signal jammer. Most DIY companies don’t offer a very wide range of devices, so you may have to use various companies and apps for maximum security.
Standalone Home Security Equipment
There’s no end to the number of devices or products you can buy to keep your home safe. In many cases, one to two devices won’t be enough to give you full peace of mind to secure your entire property. However, these can be very cost effective methods. Just because you have a large home, doesn’t mean you necessarily need to purchase the most expensive system in the world.
Keep in mind that many of these items are also offered by home security companies as additions to their packages. For ease of use, we recommend going through as few companies as possible to keep things streamlined. Here are some of the most popular options:
- Security cameras – These are already more popular than full systems, according to our survey. Security systems are available for indoor and outdoor use. The best options on the market are wireless and/or will send alerts directly to your smartphone whenever activity is detected.
- Video doorbells – These are perfect if you’re just looking to keep track of who is coming and going, not to mention the packages on your front porch!
- Smart locks – These help take the headache out of copying and keeping track of keys, all while preventing you from getting locked out. You can assign a unique customizable PIN code to every household member, which can be revoked at any time. Plus, you can still use your key if necessary.
- Smart garage door openers and driveway sensors – These are a must if you have a long driveway or your garage is far from your living space.
- Pool safety tools – If you have a pool, it’s recommended to take precautions to secure its perimeter. Secure the gates and doors with sliding door locks and child proof knob covers. Consider using lock straps and pool safety nets to help prevent accidents.