Home Security: Feel Safe In Your Home

Home maintenance starts with security. A small amount of research might be necessary before you can fully understand all of the different components that compose an ideal security system. Read on to learn about how to secure your home.

Be sure that your home is always occupied. Buy timers that will make your TVs, radios and other electronics turn on and turn off at various times. Potential intruders will stay away from your home if they believe someone is inside. This should help you make your home safer and not attract the attention of potential intruders.

Place your spare key securely on your dog’s collar. Really this works only if you have a pet door or if your dog is an outdoor dog. Simply affix a spare key to the collar of the animal. You’ll always have a backup plan if you lose your key!

TIP! After you purchase a new home, change the locks. You simply do not know how many keys to the old locks are floating around.

Do you have a dog that stays in your yard when you’re not at home? Use him or her to help hide your spare key! You can attach your key to your dog’s collar in order to keep the key hidden. This is quite effective if your pet does not respond well to strangers.

Home security systems have different kinds of features that can sound an alarm when someone breaks into your house. Many systems can be used to go off whenever anyone enters your home. Parents of children can track their kids this way.

If there are people you don’t know that have access to your social media sites, then you don’t want to let all of them know you’re on vacation. While it is exciting to go to a new place and have a good time, you are letting thieves know that your house will be empty and they can come right in.

TIP! Ask friends for some advice before choosing home security companies and systems. It is probable that you will hear some great stories about some companies as well as some not so great stories about others.

Never open up your door to a stranger. Nowadays, thieves are creative when thinking of ways to get homeowners to open a door and let them in. Keep a hard, fast rule that says you only open the door for invited guests in order to keep your family safe.

Put motion sensor lights around your house. If someone enters their proximity, they will light automatically. Then you will know someone is present, and if the person is a burglar, he or she will be very likely to turn around and leave. Get in the habit of checking and replacing the bulbs as necessary to ensure the lights remain effective.

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You should not let anyone inside your home. Even if this stranger has a believable story or is trying to sell you something, do not let them in. There are some people who will just come in to see if you have a home security system, and if you do not, they could come back later when you are not home.

TIP! Contact the local police department to find out more about the protection programs they offer. Many police departments offer programs that can include home inspections, home security training and more.

Go with your gut when you invite a home security company representative into your house. This is especially true if you are uneasy with those who are installing the actual system. If you don’t feel comfortable, go with someone else. After all, the point of the system itself is to help you feel more at ease.

Do not place your spare keys under your mat or even in plant boxes. While you may feel that you are keeping yourself safe by allowing a way in for yourself, you are also allowing everyone else to visit whenever they want. Burglars are well aware of such hiding places. The wisest course of action is to leave a spare key with a trusted friend or a reliable neighbor.

Get to know your neighbors. Talk to your neighbors. Keep an eye on their houses and yards and request that they return the favor. Don’t discount what sounds like idle gossip. It is often a good way to find out about security issues, such as strangers in the neighborhood.

TIP! The first step in making your home more secure is to change out your locks. Maybe you had a roommate move out or have a disgruntled ex-lover, changing the locks is the best way to keep yourself safe.

While choosing your alarm system, ask about protection for windows and motion detection as well as doors. Windows are a way for thieves to enter your home as well. Attach an alarm to every one of them, and make sure all entry points are monitored. This helps ensure your family stays safe.

When moving into your new house, change every lock. The old owners may seem nice, but you don’t know everything about them. Besides, other tenants or owners might have copies of the key if the previous owners did not change the locks.

Do you have skylights? If so, you should keep them in mind when protecting your home. Skylights have a good function, but unfortunately they also often provide a way for a burglar to enter. Your skylights need durable and reliable hardware for true protection.

TIP! Replace rotten wood near door frames. Anybody wanting to break into your house can just pry off rotted wood and get inside.

Don’t let any service people into your home without checking their references completely. A background check which includes any criminal history is warranted. You never know if the maid, repairman or contractor you hire is on the up and up, and letting them in or giving them a key could be a fatal mistake.

The security of your home is extremely important, but many people are lacking information about it. This topic needs to be the number one priority for all who want to keep their family safe and protected. Hopefully, you’ve learned what you need to know from this article and can now put the information to use.

Be sure to make good use of the Internet when you’re trying to select your home security company. Check out different websites, and read through package details and customer testimonials. Also find other companies to get quotes from as well.

TIP! Keep your home’s exterior well lit. Burglars like the cover of darkness to commit their crimes.


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