Our main store is open 24/7 and even though we normally ship the same day that you order, you don’t have to wait until your products are delivered to begin beefing up your security. In addition to electronic security systems, there are a number of things that you can do today to deter a burglar. The following are just a few such examples:
Talk it Out
Have a sit down with everyone in the household to discuss the importance of home security, as well as any concerns that you may have. During this discussion have everyone share ways in which they’d break into your home if they were in a burglar’s shoes. Initially, this may seem like an odd or uncomfortable conversation, but it will definitely inspire your family or roommates to think of and identify gaps in your security.
During the course of conversation, also take time to formulate a few hard-fast rules for improving security. Examples might include:
- Refusing to allow indoor access to unscheduled service workers
- Closing blinds and draperies at dusk
- Keeping mum about work and travel schedules while using social media sites
- Safely storing house keys and garage remotes out of common reach when at home
- Discussing a plan of action in case a burglar enters while someone is at home
Of course, if you do not already have an alarm system, security lighting or surveillance cameras installed at home, this time should also be spent discussing precisely what you need.
It is particularly important to include children in this discussion, especially those who are old enough to stay in the home without an adult’s supervision.
Obviously, locking your doors and windows are at the top of the list when it comes to securing your home. You might be surprised, however, at the number of people who leave bathroom and basement windows cracked for ventilation purposes or who even leave garage doors opened or unlocked during the daytime. If you’ve seen our Characteristics Of a Burglar infographic or even The Most Common Entry Points For a Break-In infographic, you know that burglars seek paths of least resistance…like unlocked barriers. They also tend to strike at an alarming rate during the daytime (as can be learned in our infographic entitled, Odds Of Burglary in America), which means that your doors and windows need to be locked at all times– even when you are at home during the day.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
When I was a kid, we knew everyone in the neighborhood. Not only did we know the families that lived on our block, but we knew our regular shopkeepers, the regular gardeners who tended neighborhood lawns and we even knew a couple of the “bad guys” (mostly neighborhood teens who’d managed to find the wrong path in life). When something or someone seemed out of place in our area, someone usually recognized it right away.
Beyond someone living immediately next door, many of us do not know our neighbors anymore. This is understandable since most of us– including our children– maintain very busy schedules and simply don’t have the free time at home that we used to. Still, developing a friendly relationship with your neighbors is a great way to beef up your home security. Sharing a rapport tends to lead to people looking after one another, which includes keeping an eye on your home while you are away.
Turn Off Your Location Settings
More and more people are accessing social media sites from handheld devices. This sort of on-the-go convenience is nice, but can also present a serious security risk if you are not careful. In particular, if using a device with GPS tracking, be sure to turn your location settings off lest a map pinpointing your exact (or near exact) location may be posted along with your updates.
Turn Your Alarm On
You may have the best alarm in the neighborhood, but even a top of the line Honeywell Vista 20P Total Connect Ultimate Kit will be useless if you don’t consistently arm it. Whether you are leaving your house for a few short minutes, working from home during the day or vacationing on the other side of the world, your alarm should be armed and ready to alert you at all times.
Invest in Good Monitoring
We understand that money is tight, which is why we want to introduce you to Alarm Relay. As important as alarm monitoring is, it is understandable that some simply cannot afford the several hundred dollars per year that so many alarm dealers charge for this service. Home Security Store values your safety over our profit and we are pleased to be able to offer security alarm monitoring for less than $9 per month. Please head to our main store today to learn more or to sign up for this very important service.
What’d We Miss?
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