What do you know about security systems? If you feel lost, then you should keep reading to find out more information. This investment might be pricey, but it gives you peace of mind and security to those you live with.
When you buy a new home, be sure to have the locks changed. The person who previously owned the home may have made copies of keys. Call a locksmith as soon as you can for maximum security. Give a key to someone you trust in case you get locked out.
Get a good safe to store your valuables in your home. This ensures during a break in that the most important things are not stolen. Keep the safe hidden in a hard-to-find location like an attic or a basement closet.
Get advice from loved ones about home security systems. Others have likely had both good and bad experiences that they can share with you that can then save you a lot of stress and time. Ask around so that you can have the advice that you need to make a good choice.
Check with your local law enforcement agency about home protection plans. These programs may include engraving identification codes on your valuables, home inspections, and advice about home security. Your police department will be able to help you find out what is available in your town.
People in rural areas are not usually as worried about burglaries as people in cities. Others think that living in the country is more risky than other areas because houses are so far apart. Some think rural areas see less burglary.
Even the wires inside your home are worth something. Many people never realize this value until wires are stolen right out of their home. The wiring contains valuable copper than can be quickly stripped from a home. Be sure that you keep all your wiring hidden and make it hard to access.
Prior to allowing access to anyone, make sure you are shown proper identification. For a relatively small fee, you can also run a background check for their criminal history. You can’t always be sure that maids, service workers or contractors are honest, and therefore giving out keys can be a big error.
Keep the outside areas of your home well lit. Burglars love to operate in the dark. Light up the dark spots around your home. All doors, porches, garages and windows should be well lit.
If a friend picks up your mail while you’re away, have them check for fliers on your door. Burglars often put fliers on the door to see if the owner removes them. If a flier remains on a front door for a number of days, the burglar knows the homeowner is away.
Are you able to see the numbers on your house from the street? If the numbers aren’t legible, police may drive right by. Just replace them if you need to.
Keep blinds, shades, and curtains closed when you’re not home. If you don’t, others can look in and see that the property is currently unoccupied. If their eyes fall on something they like, they are going to think about breaking in. Curtains and blinds should be drawn shut while you are asleep.
Keep valuables that are irreplaceable secure. This includes important documents, jewelry and keepsakes. You can keep these things in a floor safe placed in a secure area of your home. For ultimate security, of course, such items can be kept in an off-site location like a bank’s safe deposit boxes.
If your current door is anything other than solid wood or metal, swap it out for one that actually is. Doors made of metal or wood are much sturdier than those that aren’t. Burglars would have a hard time kicking such doors down. You should be able to replace each of the exterior doors in your home for a minimal amount, so do so as soon as possible.
A home alarm investment is well worth the money, provided someone contacts 911 when it is set off. The smart thing to do is to get an alarm that is centrally monitored. That way, the police will definitely show up if it sounds. It is not easy to rely on neighbors for your safety.
When it comes to security, sliding doors aren’t very safe. They are easy to unlock, all they require is a bit of lifting and shaking. If you haven’t hooked them up to your security system, you can install some pipe to fit within your door channel. This jams the door so it just can’t open.
Become chummy with your nosey neighbor. While much of the information these folks pass around is useless, they’re also the first to pick up on suspicious activity in the neighborhood. By being friends with them, the probability of them notifying you immediately is higher.
Do you feel better now that you’re more knowledgeable about home security? This added knowledge will help you make a better decision when choosing a system. The information presented here should serve you well; keep it in mind when you set out to make your home more secure.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a health enthusiast, travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.
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