Many homeowners are concerned about the security of their home. Along with home alarm systems, there are several simple ways to keep your home secure at all times and give you peace of mind when you go out of town or leave the kids home with a babysitter.
Lock the Door
Keeping your home secure can be as simple as locking your door when you run an errand. Make it a goal to lock up windows every time you shut them and lock the door behind you every time you leave. Many thieves are able to get into homes simply by walking through the front door or climbing through window that was left unlocked.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors is a simple way to keep tabs on the safety and security of your home. Talking with your neighbors regularly can keep you aware of any suspicious people or activity occurring in your area. When a break-in does occur, neighbors can come together to make improvements that shore up the safety and security in their area and avoid future incidents.
Be Aware of Whom You Let Into Your Home
Not everyone has a relationship with his or her cleaning lady or handyman. This is one of the most common mistakes that leads to theft. Before you leave a person alone in your home, make sure you trust them and are comfortable with them being there while you are away. Recommendations via word of mouth or online reviews are a great way to ensure that these services are legitimate and trustworthy.
Use Your Alarm System to Your Advantage
Many homeowners have advanced alarm systems with that include a driveway alarm and other useful features, but never take the time to learn how to use them properly. If you have an alarm system, using it to its full potential can adequately protect your home at all times. Make sure that your home alarm system provider has placed a sticker on your house or sign in your yard indicating that your home is protected. These signs will make thieves reconsider entering your home.
Many homeowners think that thieves only strike at night, and thus only arm their alarm systems when they go to bed. However, the majority of burglaries occur in broad daylight when most people are at work or out performing their daily activities. Make sure that your alarm system is on and working at all times.
Many basic alarm systems don’t come with video surveillance. If your alarm system does not have a recording device, consider investing in one. This proves beneficial when a break-in does occur and the police need evidence to catch the thief.
Not all thieves wear black masks and gloves when they rob a home. Most thieves want to remain unnoticeable and will often dress up as someone you would likely see roaming your neighborhood. By following these tips and being aware of the people in your neighborhood, you will reduce the chances of falling victim to theft.
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