Many people purchase alarm systems in order to protect their family and their belongings. However, effective home security is more than a subscription to an alarm monitoring service, it is a process, and in some ways a state of mind. Consider these following points:
1. When moving into a new home, replace all of the locks and tumblers. Then, have an alarm company assess your home and install the appropriate alarm system.
2. If there is already a system in place, have the company come and reassess it. It may require updating, or loose wiring and other wear and tear may need repair.
3. Inspect the exterior of the home at night, and determine which areas are dark. Then, rectify that by installing time-sensitive lights in those areas.
4. Most burglars gain access to a home through an unlocked window. Make sure you know which doors and windows are usually unlocked, and lock them when leaving the house, even for short periods.
5. Do not place the spare key beneath the doormat, in the mailbox, etc. This is an obvious practice, and just as good as leaving a window wide open. Instead, bury it in a coffee can in an easily accessible spot.
6. A better deterrent than an alarm system is for a home to look occupied. Use timers on lights and televisions, especially when you will be away from the home for a long time, such as when on vacation.
7. Dogs are another great deterrent. You don’t need a vicious watchdog because even a small yapper is enough to ward of most would-be burglars.
8. Do not leave notes for family or service people on mailboxes or doorways. This is an indication that you are not home.
9. Be aware of trees and other tall structures that can provide hidden access to upper windows. In the case of trees, have them trimmed as necessary.
10. Don’t rely on traditional window latches. These are very simple for the burglar to unlatch once they have cut the glass. Instead, install sophisticated window latches.
Thinking about these items and the specific needs of your home will put you in the right state of mind. This kind of thinking is a better home security than an alarm system will ever be.