If criminals could carry out all of their activities in the dark, they probably would. Knowing that they can hide in the shadows and avoid detection is quite possibly one of those things they consider before breaking in.
Outdoor lighting, when using it properly, won’t illuminate the path for criminals, it’ll put them in the spotlight. And this is simply the last place they will want to be!
This style of lighting is a brilliant way to add a bit of extra security to the home while also contributing to the beauty of the property. The right lighting can create a touch of style while also highlighting those dark spaces in which a criminal might lurk. When you choose the right lighting, faces can be easily recognised and in most cases, the criminal will probably be put off of even attempting to break in.
The key thing is that you don’t have to illuminate your home or your garden to such an extent that it ends up looking like a holiday spectacle. It’s all about finding that delicate balance. Your lighting should be just enough to ward off would be intruders, but not so much that you bring unwanted attention to your home.
One of the more important considerations that you need to make, before you start installing lights all over your property, is light pollution. When not setting up your lights in the right positions, you end up with light flooding your home and, quite obviously, keeping you up at night.
So where should you place your lights?
There are a few key places, and types of lighting for security purposes that you can consider:
- Parking areas, driveway and streets. One of the most common crimes in South Africa is hijacking. Coming home late in the evening and getting out of your car to open your gate in the dark, or even waiting in the dark for your gate to open, give criminals the perfect opportunity to hide away and then spring an attack. Proper lighting can prevent that from happening.
- Backyards, corners, entryways and pool areas. Any shadowy place where criminals can possibly hideaway should be lit, even if it’s with a gentle light. In those areas where the light might just wake you, the best option to go for is the motion light. These are generally floodlights and will lit up brightly when they detect movement. To save money, look for a good quality solar light.
- Entrances and perimeters. Even walls can be carefully lit up using the right lighting. Motion detecting lighting is an affordable option that will do plenty to scare off anyone looking to take a chance.
Certain access control systems can control lighting. This can guarantee that you never return home in the dark ever again. Be sure to find out whether or not the access control system you are looking at has this option.