According to the FBI, July and August are prime months for burglars to get cranking. In wake of the FBI’s findings, the Better Business Bureau is advising homeowners, who are looking to secure their property this summer, to do their research when picking a home security system. In 2010, the BBB received nearly 25,000 inquiries from customers asking about burglar alarm systems.
“It’s important to investigate the purchase of a home security system with the same care you would any major purchase,” said Stephen A. Cox, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
“There are too many door-to-door salespeople selling home security systems out there that don’t always have your best interest at heart.”
To help protect your home, the Insurance Information Network of California recommends the following:
1. “Case” your home the way a burglar might and look for easy entrance points.
2. Protect your doors with solid locks – 80% of break-ins are through a door.
3. Consider a home security system that will sound an alarm if triggered. Leave blinds and curtains in their normal position.
4. Don’t allow trees and shrubs to conceal doors and never hide your keys outside.
5. Use automatic timers for lights, radios and televisions to make the home appear “lived in.” Lower the sound on your telephone ringer and answering machine.
6. Never announce your vacation plans via social networks.
Keep in mind, many insurance companies offer a discount for devices like dead-bolt locks, smoke/fire alarms and burglar alarms that make a home safer. Another way to protect your belongings is to create a complete home inventory – it can help you file a claim faster and more efficiently should you sustain a loss.