A home in the USA is burglarized every 20 seconds, according to FBI statistics
However, burglary is not an equal opportunity crime; homes without security systems are three times more likely to be robbed than homes that have security systems. A monitored home security system that automatically alerts first responders is the ultimate tool for safety, property protection, and peace of mind. That said, there are proactive steps that can aid in keeping your home secure.
Home Security Tips
- Stickers and Signs – If you have a service with a home security company, prominently displaying signs and stickers is a deterrent to crime.
Let There Be Light – Use safety lights on the exterior of the property and utilize interior lights on a timer or connect to a smartphone app to protect property when the house is unoccupied.
Sound management. Put a music system or the television on a timer or smartphone app to give the impression that someone is home.
- Landscaping – Make your landscaping work for you. Cut down on hiding places around windows and entrances by trimming trees and bushes, and plant thorny and dense shrubbery by windows and doorways as a deterrent to entry.
- Know the Neighbors – There are many good reasons to get to know the neighbors and security is one of them. Notify a trusted neighbor when no one should be accessing the house. Neighborhood associations are also useful in advocating for safe street lighting, monitoring suspicious activity, and keeping local parks pleasant and safe.
- Secure the Garage Door – The garage is one of the first points of entry for many burglars. Make sure that it is locked. If going away for an extended period, consider disconnecting the automatic opener.
- Social Media Discretion – “Discretion is the better part of valor.” It is also a safety strategy. Posting in real time on social media about the vacation of a lifetime lets thieves know that the house is vacant. Resist broadcasting your immediate whereabouts. If engaging in social media, wait until the vacation is over to upload photos and posts about that fabulous holiday idyll.
- Lock Doors and Windows – Keep all doors and windows locked; this is critical at night and when taking vacations.
- Keyed In – When moving into a new home or apartment change the locks. Afraid of locking yourself out of the house or want to let a friend or relative into the house? Resist the temptation to hide keys outside in the “perfect” hiding place, like under the welcome mat or the fern on the porch. Make arrangements to hand them over in person. That said, it is a good idea to have a spare set for a crisis, so leave keys with a trusted friend and neighbor.
- The Illusion of Residency as a Safety Tactic – Ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to pick up mail, periodicals, and advertisements. If absent for an extended period, make arrangements to maintain that lived-in look by arranging for a lawn care service in the summer; in the winter ask someone to drive their car up the driveway and take a stroll up the walk to leave footprints in the snow.
- Monitored Home Security System – The soundest safety measure is to use the services of a respected home security service. The best service is a monitored one that automatically alerts the authorities of trouble. With an unmonitored service, all those occasions when the phone is turned off could leave you vulnerable to missing out on essential safety notifications. Even if the phone is on and the homeowner is aware of a crisis, it can take time and effort during an emergency to communicate with police or firefighters. A monitored system reduces the complications and response time in an emergency.
Keeping Your Home and Loved Ones Safe
Taking these simple steps can help to protect your home and property. To find out more about monitored home security, and to get your free quote, contact Protect America.