So you finally made the plunge and purchased your dream home. Your home is your sanctuary. If your home is under protected this may compromise how safe you feel in your home. Here are a few things you should know to protect your investment, your possessions, and most importantly, your family.
1. Get all your locks changed
The first thing to do is have all the locks that allow for outside entry to be changed. There is no telling who the previous homeowner gave keys to, so it is essential that you have this done as soon as possible, preferably before you move your belongings into the house.
2. Secure any sliding doors or windows
Most sliding windows and doors tend to have locks that can easily be popped by experienced thieves. Install security rods in your sliding entrances can make gaining access to your home much more difficult.
3. Don’t give thieves a place to hide
Lights that turn on when activated by movement are great deterrents to would be thieves. Periodically check to make sure all the lights around your house are functioning correctly.
4. If you must hide a key outside, make sure it’s hidden
Under a doormat or in the mailbox are not good hiding spots for your house key. Try hiding your keys in more unique places that only your family would know of. If you have a pin-code protected garage, keep your key somewhere in your garage.
5. Keep your vacation plans private
If you are going on vacation or if you are going to be away from home for any significant duration, tell only your close family or friends. Also inform them not to tell anybody else. Posting about your plans on facebook or twitter should also be avoided.
6. Get to know your neighbours
Try to become friends with your neighbours. If they seem like trustworthy people, they are a great way to protect your home when you are away. They will know to report and suspicious activity around your home.
7. Consider installing a home security system
Nine out of ten thieves say they would avoid a home with a security system. This can be a pricy investment, but it is also the best way to secure your home. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged while you are away or while you are at home as many thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another.
When your security system is tripped, your monitoring company receives the signal, they then act on it as per instructions on the account and start calling the contact persons from top to the bottom of the list. In that list you can add your alarm response security company as the contact person in the order you like. For more information about having a security system setup for your home, and for our alarm response services, please contact us.