Many people who choose to live on a rural property do so because they enjoy the solitude and serenity that it affords them. However, being isolated from other people, with the nearest neighbours often being kilometres away, can also create a sense of vulnerability. If you're concerned about the security of your rural property, then you may be wondering what steps you can take to feel safer. Here are two pieces of technology that will make a real difference.
1. Motion sensor flood lights
Night time on a rural property is a time when many people feel most exposed. Nights are dark, with no street lights or residual light from nearby towns to provide ambient light. This is certainly one of the attractions of rural life, and means you'll get an incredible view of the starry sky. However, it also means that when you're in your home at night with the interior lights on, it's almost impossible to see what's going on outside your home.
Installing motion sensor flood lights is a great solution to this concern. They're activated when they detect a moving presence, literally flooding your outdoor areas with light. While they may occasionally be set off by larger animals such as kangaroos, they'll also alert you to any uninvited visitors or would be burglars who come lurking.
It's best to have multiple sets of flood lights installed to cover the entire area surrounding your home. You might also like to have some installed near your barn, work shed, or other out-buildings. This will deter any thieves who are intent on stealing your expensive and vital tools and equipment.
2. Motion sensor driveway alert
Often rural properties have a residence that is set well back from the main road, with long driveways leading to the house. If this is the case, then a visitor, welcome or not, pulling up in their vehicle near your home may be the first you know of their arrival. Installing a motion sensor driveway alert at the entrance to your home is a great way to know in advance that someone has entered your property.
These small devices can be installed unobtrusively on your letterbox post or any other structure at the driveway entrance. If a vehicle is detected entering your property, you'll be alerted via an alarm located in your home. You can even get driveway alerts with built in cameras which will allow you to see the vehicle in question from a monitor or even your smartphone or tablet.
To ensure that your new security technology works efficiently, safely, and reliably, it's best to get a licensed electrician to install them for you. They will also be able to point you in the right direction when selecting which makes and models will be best suited for use on your property.