Securing your home is as important as replacing the roof or fixing a furnace. You have to keep the contents safe, including your family. What can you do to get started? The best first step is to read this article in full, so get down to work right away!
Before leaving for vacation, turn off the ringers in your house. If the phone rings without you there, burglars will suspect that you’re not home, and that can make your home a target for an attack while you’re gone.
Use your dog as the protector of your spare key. However, this method is only effective if your dog is large, scary, and stays outdoors. Place a spare key on the collar, and when you really need a spare, you know where to go!
At the end of the night, close the drapes and blinds to your home. In addition to giving you more privacy, this blocks the valuable items in your house from view. Keeping your blinds open only serves as an open invitation to anyone who wants to take something from your house.
Do you have any exposed wires on the outside of your home? If so, hide them. Burglars will often try to cut off power to your alarm system or phone before breaking in. If there are wires that they can see, you are just making their job easier on them.
Home security systems are able to do more than just sounding the alarm whenever you have an intruder. They can actually be set to chime whenever a monitored door is opened. This is useful for parents who have small kids, as it helps keep them from leaving the house.
A home security system works by alerting the local police when the alarm goes off. The police immediately place a telephone call to your home. If you do not answer your phone and provide a security code, an officer will be sent to your home with possible backup available should it be needed.
Talk to any companies you’re considering hiring to install a security system about how long the company has been around. You can be sure that an established company has a good track record of providing solid and reliable service. You get better peace of mind if you deal with someone you know you can trust for the long haul.
Once you have your home security system in place, do not be scared to place a sign in your front lawn announcing you have it. When intruders see this sign, they will know you have an alarm system, so they will avoid your home. You can also place a “beware of dog” sign in your window or on your door if you have one.
Don’t rely on just a spring lock. Spring locks can easily be broken, sometimes just using a credit card. These locks are just too vulnerable. Have a deadbolt lock installed instead, which is much harder for an intruder to get around. Make sure there is no way a burglar can saw the deadbolt, though.
Now that you’ve read this article in totality, you are armed with the information needed to begin. Take each step one at a time and complete your project as quickly as possible. The sooner your home is completely secure, the better you and your family can feel living there.