While your New Year’s Resolutions are fresh and at the forefront of your mind, we thought it would be a good idea to also suggest a few home security resolutions to you. This year, we hope that your home’s safety and security will be among your most pressing priorities. For most of the following resolutions, we have an affordable, do-it-yourself solution and our tech support team is always available to help answer your questions or to troubleshoot any installation snags you may encounter.
Cut All Shrubbery Near Doors, Windows, Walkways and Porches
An intruder’s profession requires him to be as sneaky as possible. Therefore, you can make his job a lot more difficult simply by trimming any overgrown hedges where a criminal may be tempted to lie in wait. I learned this lesson years ago when a team of burglars ran into the cul-de-sac where we used to live looking for a place to hide from the police. Two of the suspects were caught immediately, while another was found hiding near a neighbor’s front porch behind a large bush.
Change Your Routine
We’ve warned before about burglars who will sometimes clock your daily routine in order to plan the best time to rob you. It is easy enough to thwart this sort of criminal simply by doing things a little differently in 2013. For example, if you live close to your job, come home a few times each week for lunch. Or, if you only turn the lights on when you enter your home in the evening, consider placing your lights on a timer so that they can be scheduled to come on automatically at different times even when you’re not at home.
Layer Your Home Security
Experts recommend viewing home security in terms of layers. This means that no single security measure should be solely relied upon for home protection. Homeowners can intelligently plan their security in such a way that small measures, such as using yard signs and window decals, can be just as effective in deterring criminals as a state-of-the-art home security system.
Install Security Deterrents
When it comes to home security, deterrents are everything. Such are items that tend to shake a burglar’s confidence because they send a message that a homeowner has made plans for his arrival and, thus, increases the likelihood of him being caught. While a number of home security gadgets can be used as deterrents, some of the most popular and inexpensive deterrents are lawn posts and bright lighting strategically placed near windows and doors. Fake surveillance cameras are also rather inexpensive deterrents.
Never Assume That Your Home is Exempt From Burglary
The latest FBI report on burglary crimes indicates a rise in break-ins with more than two-million homeowners being victimized each year. Gone are the days of assuming that a neighborhood is safe or that a family dog or even an expensive alarm system is enough to keep criminals at bay. Instead, homeowners must become educated on crime prevention and take special effort to secure a home against burglary.
Install or Update Your Security Alarm System
Whether you prefer a wireless alarm system or one that is hardwired, every home should be equipped with a security alarm. If you have one already, consider expanding it to include more window and door sensors or even to include a surveillance system. If you don’t already have a security alarm installed, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to do so early in the year instead of putting it off any longer. All of the systems that we offer can be self-installed and are affordable for most budgets. Our alarm systems can also be installed in temporary residences, such as dorm rooms and apartments. See our main store for more information.
Invest in Monitored Protection
The days of expensive monitoring contracts are nearing extinction. While third-party alarm companies still overcharge for this important security service, we do not. In addition to our quality DIY alarm systems and accessories, we can also help provide you with alarm monitoring for just $8.95 per month. This means that, for all of 2013, your home’s alarm system can be professionally monitored for $107.40. For less than .30 per day a team of live expert monitors can be employed to monitor your security system and contact help should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are unable to call for help on your own.
Should you need more ideas on securing your home, we encourage you to take a look at our essential home security checklist.
What Are Your 2013 Home Security Resolutions?
Have you thought about what you will do to beef up your home’s security this year? What special security projects have you been putting off? We enjoy reading your thoughts and we look forward to you sharing them in the comments section below.