Are you worried about your loved ones? Do you feel that they could be more secure in your home?
If you have children or older residents, you have to keep them safe from any criminal element that may attempt to enter your home.
This can be done with home security, which you can learn about through these tips.
Let a house cleaner have your keys only if they can provide you with references so you can verify their trustworthiness.
Be sure to check out the background of any housekeeper you plan to provide with a key to your home.
One way to do this is to check their references.
If you hire a cleaner who works for a company, speak with your local BBB about the company’s reliability.
The company you choose to purchase and install your home security system is important.
You want to make sure the company has the most reliable system and knows what they are doing when it comes to installation.
To find a good company, ask friends and families or look for online reviews
Park in the garage. While it may be tempting to use the garage as an extra storage area instead, doing so will mean that you have to park out where everyone can see your car.
Not only are you setting yourself up to have your vehicle vandalized, but burglars can also keep track of when you are home and when you are away.
What keeps burglars out of the house?
Below are our top seven home security tips:
- Buy or adopt a dog.
- Make sure your alarm system works, and is installed by a professional.
- Sensor lights can scare off burglars.
- Always look like you’re at home (even if you’re not).
- Keep items of attraction out of sight from the street.
- Don’t tolerate any security flaws on your property.
- Take photos of any new belongings for insurance purposes.
Keep your windows locked. It seems like an obvious step to take, however many people simply forget to check the locks on their windows.
Thieves are always looking for the easiest way into a home, and doors and windows are among the first entrance points they check. This includes screened windows too, as screens can pop off quite easily.
Do not do any landscaping that will obscure the entrances of your home.
While you may think it is a good idea to plant a huge rosebush in front of your living room windows, this gives a thief a place to hide while they figure out a way to get into your home.
If any spot around your home is dark, install a motion sensitive or infrared light detector there.
This turns them on only when someone lurks there, allowing you to save money on electricity while thwarting anyone who might be casing out your home.
No one will rob a home which is well lit!
Home security systems not only protect homeowners from burglaries, but are also useful in the case of an emergency.
When choosing a home security firm, trust your instincts.
If you are hesitant about the company, your gut feeling is especially important. Never hesitate to has for a new technician or even go with a different company altogether.
After all, the point of the system itself is to help you feel more at ease.
If your home catches on fire, your security system alerts the police and local fire department. In the case of a medical emergency, your system can be used to call for help.
If you do not have any technical know-how, you should never attempt to install your home alarm system yourself. While it may look fairly easy, there may be things you don’t quite understand.
This means the system will not be installed properly, which means your house will be at risk.
Make sure your address numbers are clearly visible from across the street.
In an emergency situation, first res-ponders won’t be able to locate your house quickly if the numbers are hidden or are too small to see clearly.
Fortunately, the solution to this is quick, easy and rather cheap once you are aware of the need.
While posting photos of yourself on vacation to Twitter or Facebook may be nice, it is also an open invitation to crooks asking them to break into your home – after all, you’re not there!
Share your photos once you get back instead to ensure no one knows your house is vacant.
Inquire about various contract lengths which your security company might offer.
Each will have its own pros and some cons, too. Longer contracts may create a lower bill per month, but you you could maintain those monthly expenses if you discontinue service or sell the home.
Shorter contracts have more freedom, but the monthly costs could be higher.
To make it hard for anyone to get into your home unwanted, make your exterior doors ready.
Every single one of them should have a good one-inch deadbolt installed as a minimum.
This device makes the door considerably harder to break into than a simple knob-lock, giving you more time to call police or possibly just convincing an intruder to give up and leave.
Make sure to arm your security alarm system anytime you leave your home, as well as in the evenings while you are sleeping.
An unarmed system will not do you any good, as it will not help to protect your family and property from an intruder.
Make sure your security company explains how to properly alarm your system, and use this feature.
If you let any service or delivery people into your home, make sure you check your window locks.
Unscrupulous workers will sometimes use a legitimate job to “case” a home, leaving a back window unlocked for easy entry when they return later.
Do a quick check after anyone you don’t know well has had access.
Make your patio doors burglar-proof. Install an arm that can drop to a horizontal position to block the sliding half from opening.
A lower-tech option is to just use a piece of pipe cut to the right length in the floor track.
Advanced options include glass with breakage sensors to set off an alarm.
As a home owner, it’s your responsibility to protect those in your home. No matter the age, they all need the same level of security and protection.
The tips from this article have given you an idea of how you can use home security to protect your family.
Stay prepared and stay safe.
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