Home Security: Do’s, Don’ts, Musts And Other Advice

Many people see home security as annoying and tedious, particularly when installation specialists enter your home. That said, it can also be quick and easy. This article has tips that will help you secure your home.

Having a big, scary dog around does has its benefits. What burglar wants to deal with that? Think about owning a big dog that can protect your family while serving as a playmate for the kids, a walking buddy or a friendly companion.

Rather than simple outdoor lighting, consider installing infrared detection lights. This lighting will come on as someone approaches, which means it’s specific to those kinds of actions. This will most likely scare your potential robber away. A smart burglar will always vacate out of the area if there is a chance they might be seen.

TIP! Regardless of the quality of your home security system, you need to check it annually. Get someone from the security firm to inspect it.

When deciding on an alarm system, be sure and get one that protects more than your doors. Windows offer easy access to a potential thief. Every single entry point needs to have monitoring on it. This will make your family safer.

If you just purchased electronics, do not leave empty boxes outside. Burglars will see those boxes and realize that there are valuable things in your home for them to get. When you have emptied the boxes, make sure you cut them up.

Beware giving keys to your maid unless the service has your absolute trust. Only select service people who are totally trustworthy. Make sure you check references. If they work through a larger firm, you can check up on the company with your local Better Business Bureau.

TIP! Home security installation technicians should always be in uniform and wearing identification. It is very common for thieves to pretend to be company reps in order to get into your home.

If you get home and the door is open, don’t go in. This is a delicate situation as the burglar might still be in your home. Call the police, then wait until they get there to do anything else.

It is always best to go with a solid heavy wooden door, or a metal door for extra security. Durability is key. If the burglar tries to kick their way in, they have a hard time doing so. Replacing doors is not very expensive and should make a real difference.

Consider a home security program that gives you more than just an alarm and monitoring system. A professional security company will make safety recommendations during their visit to your home. Some suggestions could include adding deadbolts to doors, trimming shrubbery or adding new window locks. A company that truly has your family’s security at heart will take the time to consult with you.

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TIP! An important part of vetting any security company before you sign a contract with them is finding out how long they’ve been providing security services in your community. Companies that have been around for awhile show that they can provide reliable support.

Also, keep your second floor windows locked at all times. People think no burglar will get up to that floor. Burglars watch for open second story windows. Experienced criminals know exactly where the majority of homeowners let their guards down, and they won’t fail to check for weaknesses like an open window on the second story.

Having your home lit up and bright at night is a great deterrent to crooks. Burglars don’t want to be visible. With a well-lit home, thieves cannot hide or break in unnoticed. Keep your lights turned on during the night.

A paper shredder can be a good security investment. You’d be shocked at how many times thieves search trash looking for personal documents to see when you’re not home so that they can get into your home. If you don’t have a paper shredder, tear the papers up.

TIP! Do you keep your dog outside if you leave the home? This pet may be an excellent storing spot for your spare key. Put the key on the dog’s collar.

Don’t limit security to the inside of your home; the outside needs attention too. There should be no plants or greenery in front of doors or windows. If you have them visible, people can’t hide in those areas while they try to break in. Plan your home with safety in mind.

Latch Locks

Get a good safe to store your valuables in your home. This will help to keep your jewelry and other valuables secured in the event of a break in. Conceal the safe in an out-of-the-way and not easily accessible spot, such as an attic or a basement area.

TIP! What you do with your garbage can actually increase your risk of robbery. If you leave the empty boxes of your newly purchased expensive electronics equipment sitting on your curb, burglars will take note of this and return to steal the equipment.

Do not purchase spring latch locks. These type of lock is the easiest lock to pick, it could even be opened by a credit card. All they have to do is wedge the card between the latch and door, then wiggle it. Add a deadbolt to doors with spring-latch locks.

Make sure that whoever is getting your mail while you are on vacation also retrieves any fliers left on the door. Sometimes burglars leave fliers in an attempt to see if anyone is home to remove them. The more flyers pile up or the longer they are there, the more likely it is that the house is empty.

No matter how lovely the people were who lived in your home before you, rekey the lock or replace it. This is equally important if you’re renting. If your landlord won’t change the locks, do it yourself.

TIP! When you have valuable possessions like computers, televisions, art or costly items, avoid placing them in sight of windows. If they are not immediately visible, a thief is not going to be instantly motivated to come in and steal them.

Your home may be equipped with skylights, and if so you must not neglect them in your security planning. Although a skylight can bring light into one’s home and look good, it’s also a common entrance way for burglars. Make sure that you use safety hardware when the skylights are installed and maintained.

Whether you decide on a home-security system or not, these tips can help you secure your home. You have many alternative, from purchasing a firearm, installing extra locks or putting up additional fencing. Keep this advice in mind to boost your home security.

Use exterior lights that have motion sensors. These kinds of lights will pop right on when they detect motion near your home. You will be alerted when there is activity outside, and any potential burglars will be deterred because they do not want to be seen. However, make sure to put in fresh bulbs every now and then.

TIP! Eliminate dead vegetation and wood in the yard in the summer. These are vulnerable to fires and put your home in danger.


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