Whether you’ve just bought a home, built a home, or have been in your home for quite some time, you have thought about home security. Have you taken any action? It’s time to read about home security systems so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.
When you move into a new home change all the locks. Even though the previous homeowner may have given you keys to the house, there might be a key out there that someone has. To be sure you are as safe as possible, get all new locks for your new house.
If you’ve recently bought a home, make sure you change the locks and alarm pass codes. Many people just take these items as is and don’t give them another thought, but consider that just about anyone could have a copy of the key or the pass code. That can include neighbors who you don’t really know. Be safe and change out both when you buy.
Consider hiding a spare key on your dog. If you have dogs who have free access to the outdoors, try taping a key securely to the inside of one of their collars. This will make your key accessible should you lock yourself out, while keeping your home safe. If you have multiple dogs, choose the dog who is least friendly with strangers.
Keep hedges and vegetation trimmed and away from doors and windows. Large bushes may look nice, but they provide easy cover for potential home invaders. If you can, try to keep an open area completely surrounding the perimeter of your home, and if you have vegetation, keep them well trimmed.
Add lights to your lawn. You don’t need crazy bright spotlights to keep thieves away. All you need is some decent general lighting that makes your property just a little less appealing to criminals than homes that offer a lot more cover. You can even use lights on timers to help save on the overall electricity bill while still helping to keep you safe.
Lock up your home, even if you are around. Many people think that their neighborhood is the safest out there. They’ll leave their doors unlocked all day (and night long) without a second thought! This is inviting trouble. Make it a habit to lock those doors (and windows) even if you’re home. It’s probably the most important basic thing you can do for your family’s overall safety.
If your home security system goes off a lot because it is faulty, or you accidentally set it off yourself, fix the problem immediately. A home security system is one of the best ways to prevent break-ins, but your neighbors will ignore it they hear it set off a lot.
If you need to hide a spare key, do so in a safe manner. Putting it under your doormat, in a plant hanging by the door, in your garage hung on the wall or in the mailbox are all poor choices. Instead, bury it somewhere and mark it in a non-descript way.
Ask about your home security company’s familiarity with the latest products and innovations in the area of security. This is an industry that is always changing, and you want to make sure your company is up to date on the most-recent innovations, so they can provide you with the highest level of security.
Consider installing a surveillance system for your home. Installing video cameras, both visible and hidden, are a great way to secure your home. Visible cameras scare intruders while a hidden camera could capture footage. Surveillance systems often allow you to access videos through your cell phone, too.
If the home security system you are looking to hire uses an outside monitoring company, make sure to research that company well. Monitoring is an important component to any home security system, and you want to make sure your monitoring is handled in a professional way. Make some phone calls, research the monitoring company on the Internet and check with companies like the Better Business Bureau.
Many people have spare keys in case they get locked out, but they often leave them in places where intruders can easily find them. An optional place to hide a spare key is with your outdoor dog. Attaching the key to their collar will allow you to hide a spare and keep it safe, as the dog will scare off intruders.
Have someone you trust come and cut your lawn if you will be out of town for awhile. If you do not want to hire someone, have a family member or friend do it. If you grass gets too high, burglars will know that no one is home, giving them the desire to break into your home.
Ask if your home security system comes with a warranty. If it does not, ask if there are options to purchase an additional warranty. Repairing home security systems can be costly, and you do not want that cost to fall on you. A warranty can help to protect you from unexpected costs while keeping your equipment running perfectly.
Don’t use spring-latch locks. These locks are easy to break into since they may be opened up with a credit card. The lock can be triggered to open by simply wedging the card in the lock. Add a deadbolt if you do not want to replace your spring latch locks.
If you aren’t at the house, keep the windows and curtains closed. You don’t want potential thieves knowing you are gone. If the blinds are up, then the intruders can see directly through your home. If something desirable is visible, you can expect a break in. At night when you’re asleep, you should close your shades.
Now you know your options, and you can better make a decision regarding home security. If you use the tips and tricks that have been given to you, then you are going to be well on your way to enjoying peace of mind. Put the safety of your family first.