We all want the best home protection that money can buy. Home security systems and surveillance cameras were designed to help keep our homes and families safe, while providing us with unparalleled peace of mind. However, there are many other things that each of us can do that can help make our homes a little more safer, and a lot less attractive to burglars.
Every home should have a good home protection plan. By following the safety tips and home security tips listed below as a guide, you can make your home safer and more secure for you and your family.
- Install a Professional Home Security System
Security systems need to be properly installed, maintained, and monitored. The alarm system should have an audible alarm that can easily be heard by the neighbors, as well as a silent alarm option in case of a forced home invasion, so that you can silently set off the alarm under the ruse of disarming it if the burglar is present. The audible alarm should be programmed to reset after a few minutes. It is likely that the burglar will run as soon as it goes off, but your neighbors will have to listen to it until it is disarmed. While it may be a slight inconvenience, this is an important part of every home security plan.
- Install Home Security Cameras
Security cameras have gotten really popular over the years, and much more affordable to the average homeowner. By having security cameras installed in your home, you are not only deterring burglars and vandals, you have the opportunity to catch criminal activity on video should it occur. Having security cameras installed on the perimeter of your home will deter criminal activity outdoors, while indoor cameras will keep your family covered inside your home.
- Alarm Installation Process
Depending on the kind of home security systems your family is considering, the household should be prepared to deal with disruption during the installation process. Some systems, such as those which rely on window and door contacts to protect points of entry, will not disrupt family life too severely, while other systems, such as those which rely on video surveillance or motion detectors, might cause more changes to the family’s everyday routine.
- Door and Windows
Check all doors and windows to insure they are in good working order. Statistics show that many burglars will enter a home either through the front door or the back door—and go for any windows if they are unsuccessful entering through a door. It is important to make sure your doors, door-frames, and windows are in good condition. If any door or door-frame looks like it is rotting or is not in good shape, or if any windows need repaired or locks need to be replaced, note it on your home security checklist.
- Update Outdoor Lighting
For home protection on the exterior of your home, add outdoor motion-activated lighting. Any time there is movement detected within a certain range of the motion activated light, it will illuminate. This is a definitely a great way to stop burglars in their tracks—before they attempt to enter your home. These lights also serve as personal protection and can make you feel safe when you are alone in your yard after dark.
- Update Your Emergency Contact List
It is also vital that your emergency contact list be up to date as well, so that in the event that you can not be contacted, a trusted person can be notified and respond for you. Burglars know and check all of the common places that keys are left out doors, so it is highly recommended to leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency, such as a break in, or a child that has simply lost their key. It is not unusual to have a neighbor wait for the police, and allow them inside for inspection and then secure the home until the owners can return.
- Join Neighborhood Watch Program
Just like you are concerned with home protection, so are your neighbors. If there is a local crime watch program in your neighborhood—join it. If there aren’t any, consider getting together with your fellow neighbors and creating one. Neighborhood crime watch programs go by many different names, but they all work the same at deterring criminals and lowering crime rates in our neighborhoods.
- Clean Up Landscaping
If you have overhanging trees or bushes that are growing out of control throughout your yard—now is the time to get them taken care of. A yard that is not maintained makes for a great hiding place for potential burglars. Want to really keep burglars away? Consider having thorny plants or bushes planted around the exterior of your home for added home protection.
- Home Security Passwords
Some families are not sure how old their children should be in order to be told passwords and entry codes for the house. If parents do decide to share this information with children, based on the age and level of responsibility of the child, then they must be prepared to reprogram security passwords and entry codes in the event of a child’s abuse of the knowledge. More than anything else, a child or teen who is entrusted with the entry code to a home must be impressed with the knowledge that they cannot share it with anyone – friends, relatives, or others who they might normally trust with sensitive knowledge.
- Home Alarms & Pets
In homes with pets, it’s important that families realize that home alarm systems that use motion sensors can be triggered by large animals, depending on where the motion detectors are located. Unfortunately, there is no way for a pet to deactivate an alarm, so it’s important to restrict pets to areas where they cannot accidentally trip the alarm during times when there are not family members present to turn off the alarm. If a loud alarm with sirens is being used, these loud noises can cause damage to pets’ ears if not addressed quickly. In a multi-floor dwelling, pets can be kept on an upper floor while ground-level security precautions are taken, or owners might decide to restrict internal motion sensors to specific areas their pets cannot access.
- Take Inventory of Your Valuables
Document everything you have that is valuable. You can write it all down on your home security checklist. Make a video or take pictures of any jewelry, electronics, or any other valuables you may have.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to make your home a safe haven for you and your loved ones. By making a few small additions and changes around your home, you will see that home protection is not only affordable, it is easy to accomplish. To get your free security system quotes to increase your level of home protection simply fill out the form at the top of the page!
Additional Home Security & Safety Tips
Below you will find links to many more articles with great information about home safety for you and your family, but also several informative articles about security tips you can use outside your home. Please educate yourself and ensure you are as safe as possible!
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