Should You Leave Your Porch Light on at Night?
Leaving it on overnight or while you’re on vacation signals to burglars that no one is home.
Because of this, turning on the light at dusk, either manually, using a timer, or with a smart system, is a good idea.
You should leave the porch light on if you’re expecting a nighttime delivery or if a resident is expected home late.
It’s difficult to approach a front door without being able to take in the surroundings!
Leaving your porch light on at night can make it less challenging for intruders to break into your home.
A home on a well-lit street is less likely to be broken into than a home on a dark street.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that no crime occurs on streets with good lighting, but such streets are less hospitable to intruders than streets with more shadows.
Living in a tight-knit community can provide additional home security
A greater number of watchful eyes are more likely to notice something out of place and alert others on the street.
A motion-sensing security light is a better deterrent than to leave a porch light on at night.
A comprehensive home security system that includes exterior lighting and cameras is the best way to protect your home from intruders.
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