Protecting Your Home 101
It’s always important to protect your home. Protecting your home isn’t just about having the right gadgets, though; it’s about making the right choices.
Below are a few choices you can make that will make it easier for you to feel safe in your home no matter what the potential problem might be.
Secure Locks at the Entry Points
Whether you’re looking to protect your home from intruders or you need to protect it from the elements, the best place to start looking is at your entry points.
Doors and windows play a huge role in keeping your home safe, so make sure that they are always part of your security plan.
Make sure that your doors and windows have proper locks at all times and that your windows and doors are properly insulated against cold and heat. With those small changes, you can protect your home against some of the biggest potential problems.
Remember the Basics
There are a few little things that can keep a home safe without costing you much time or money. These are basic safety devices that every home should have, and about which you’ll forget until they save your life.
Always make sure that your home has working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. They may not be flashy security devices, but they are more likely to protect you from disaster than anything else you can buy.
Additionally, ADT explains that if you’re going to be away from home for a few days, divert you phone to your mobile or answering machine. If your phone is ringing, a burglar may believe that nobody is home.
Another good tip is to get your neighbor to collect your mail or anything else that gets delivered regularly such as a newspaper or milk.
It’s better to keep them active instead of cancelling them because you never know who has access to this information and may discover you’re not going to be at home.
Is Your Alarm Monitoring?
Having a security system is nice. It makes you feel comfortable and provides you with important tools to protect your house whether you are at home or on vacation.
If you want the best protection, though, you must invest in a security system that’s actually monitored by a security company.
A monitored system will send an alert to the police if someone breaks in while you on vacation or to the fire department if a mysterious fire starts while you’re not home.
Having monitoring can give you a greater sense of safety even if you’re far away from home.
Illusion of Security
Solid home security is good. What’s often even better, though, is the illusion of security.
Putting a security monitoring sign in your front yard will scare off more intruders than your actual system ever will.
Remember, most home robberies are crimes of opportunity and when things get tough most thieves will choose a different target. If you can make your home look like it’s too much trouble to break into, most thieves will choose to move down the street.
It’s important that you backup the illusion with real security measures, but make sure to keep a highly secure image in place at all times.
Finally, you’ll need to stay vigilant in order to make sure your home is safe. Security features are only good if you use them, so don’t fall into the trap of feeling too safe.
If you leave your home, lock your doors and engage your security system. Always double-check that your smoke detectors have working batteries and that you turned off the stove before you left the house.
These are little things that anyone can do, but they are more responsible for keeping you safe than you might realize. You are the most important line of defense that your home has.
Protecting your home always starts with the choices you make. Invest in good basic security, in the right security monitoring, and in devices that make your home look like a hard target.
More than anything, though, you must remember to stay security conscious at all times. All the security in the world won’t be useful if you can’t remember to use them.