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Re: Keeping the House
If you are building from scratch, consider "hurricane windows" instead of conventional ones. They are typically glass on both sides, with an inner laminated layer of 1/2" plexi go that the window is literally "armored". With or without shutters, no one is going to break in through your window. (And if you are in hurricane country, there's often some insurance discount.) But they do make for great security, and they really keep out noise.
There are also some push-button doorlocks now, key optional, which (sadly) require a subscription fee but can be set to send an email or text every time the door is opened or closed, along with telling you who's code was used on it. Maybe you're paying for someone to fix the plumbing? You can let them in and see when they log out again. Housecleaner says it took four hours? Maybe the door says it took two. Or, they stayed the weekend.
Useless for many people, but there are some interesting options for "keeping an eye" on someplace where you won't be.