FBI crime statistics indicate that of the nearly 1.5 million residential burglaries reported in 2011 more than twice as many occurred during the day than at night, which is admittedly not a great endorsement for security lighting
.Then again, that’s not the whole story since there were still nearly 400,000 nighttime burglaries, which illustrates the important role light can play in home security. Burglars need light to see what they’re doing and daylight helps – but so can security lighting that has been poorly placed or designed. In other words, a security light can actually assist
a criminal in a home invasion.How?
- 1. “Glare Bombs”
A glare bomb is any bright fixture that casts light in all directions. These can be great for burglars because they oftentimes create more shadows than they dispel and can also limit the vision of a watchful neighbor who could have otherwise spotted an intruder – if he hadn’t pulled his blinds shut to block out your annoying glare bomb.Solution
: Use directional security lighting and angle it so that it casts light fully across the ground in front of it without breaking the horizontal plane.
- 2. Constant Light
Leaving a light on all the time allows your opponent to read your defense. A burglar can use the light not only to plan his route, but to actually see his way into and out of the home.Solution
: Use motion-activated security lights
or vary timed lights to catch the looter by surprise.
- 3. Poor Fixture Quality / Position
A security light that can be easily disabled by a burglar leads to nothing more than a false sense of safety. No security light is indestructible, but some are tougher than others and if you have to mount your lights within reach make sure they are reinforced.Solution
: Mount security lights out of easy reach, and use tamperproof fixtures for any placement that’s closer to the ground. Also be sure fixtures are weatherproof and have surge protection.ATGStores.com
hopes everyone keeps safe and sound, and has a message for all those burglars out there: There's probably a drone watching you right now. Just FYI.