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Myrtle Beach Break-ins Target Easy Marks

Myrtle Beach is a great place to raise a family, retire, or start a business. But like many tourist towns, it’s no stranger to spikes in crime during certain parts of the year. Turn on the local news or check out the latest Myrtle Beach headlines and you’re likely to see something like this: “Police searching for suspects connected to series of break-ins.”

Myrtle Beach and Horry County Police remind residents: lock your doors, remove valuables from cars, and keep lights on. These basic safety measures will deter most criminals out looking for an easy target: an open garage or an unlocked vehicle. Still, it’s frightening to think that someone might be snooping around your car or casing your house when you aren’t there.

Smart design and smart security technologies make keeping an eye on your property easier than ever. Consider these additions to your custom-built home to provide you with security and peace of mind.

Designed and Built for Comfort and Security

Smart home security and lighting tools are now commonplace. Increased usability and dropping costs have made it so most homes now have at least one outward facing camera. For less than $100 you can add a video doorbell to your home and record movements outside your door.

When working with your builder, ask about whether the following features will increase security and add value to your home:

Smart Home Automation Systems: Home integration systems use a home wifi network and a system app to control everything from locks to lights to appliances. These systems are great for keeping tabs on your home while your away. But the FBI warns that if not set up properly, they can be hacked. Whether you go full automation or just a camera and light system, make sure you use an encrypted network with a strong password. You should consider putting smart appliances on a separate network from your wifi for work and personal use.

Security Cameras: The presence of cameras is a deterrent itself. Place camera strategically around the exterior and interior your home. If the cameras don’t deter an intruder, motion-trigger video capture will provide evidence to help find the criminal and press charges. Today’s security cameras are wifi-enabled and send push notifications and photo/video to devices when motion is detected.

Landscape and Security Lighting: A well-lit home is not ideal for break-ins. Lighting along driveways, pathways, entrances, and dark parts of the one’s yard sends messages to would-be criminals that hiding isn’t easy. Landscape lighting adds safety and beauty to your home. In addition to security, you’ll highlight the attractive features of your home and yard.

Entry Alarms: Door and window sensors can alert you and authorities to an intruder. There are many companies to choose from, but all provide an extra level of security.

Your home is a place of comfort and safety. While most break-ins target easy marks with unlocked cars or homes, adding cameras and lighting can increase security and peace of mind.

To learn more about Odom Design’s services in the Myrtle Beach area, contact us today.