Guest Blogger: Upgrading Your Home Security Systems the Smart Way
If you want to improve your home security, spending money on home security systems can be the smartest move for you. You’ll find that installing a new home security system — complete with CCTV and motion detection lights — will be an excellent way to protect your home. You can have a lot more peace of mind by installing a security system in your home, and it will be a worthwhile investment on your part.
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However, your system will only be as effective as you make it. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your home is as protected as possible:
Never Assume it’s a False Alarm
Many people will hear their alarm system going off and think that it’s just a malfunction in the system or a false alarm. You’d be amazed by how many people made this mistake, only to end up with their homes being burgled because they thought the alarm was false. Always check out any alarms that are set off, as that will ensure that you are on top of anything going on in your home.
Keep It Working
How many times have you heard your neighbor’s house alarms going off, only to write it off as a faulty alarm? This is very common, and many people simply assume that the alarm going off next door isn’t working properly. Never let your alarm be one of the faulty ones that go off randomly, but keep it in good working order. This way, if the alarm does go off, your neighbors will know that something is going on.
Get and Offer Neighborhood Help
If you are worried about your home, it may be a good idea to set a neighborhood watch of sorts to keep an eye on your homes. Make a rotational schedule where one or two people drive through the neighborhood at random intervals throughout the day, checking the homes to ensure that everything is in order. You may have a good security system, but it may be wise to get help from the others in your neighborhood in keeping an eye on your home.
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Avoid Leaving Signs that You’re Away
Even the best alarm system will only be useful to deter burglars when they know that they can get in and out without being caught, but homes that are left empty for long periods of time are often easy marks even with a good security system. Have a friend park their car on your driveway, and set your home’s lights on a timer in order to give the appearance that someone is home. Have a neighbor pick up your mail in the morning, and leave someone with a key to get into your house should it be necessary. Hire a neighborhood youth to cut your lawn and sweep off the property if you are going to be out of town, as that will ensure that your home looks occupied even if you’re not there.
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