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Home Safety Series: Tips To Protect Your Home and Family

Learn how to better protect your home and family. Out of the approximately 2 million burglaries which occur each year, three quarters of them happen  to residential homes. According to research, 9 out 10 convicted  burglars admit they would avoid a home which they knew to have a security system

While having a monitored home security system, installed by a professional, is the best way to keep your home secure, here are a few “Do’s” of home safety every homeowner should know.

DO protect windows and doors:  Make sure all your windows and doors are equipped with sturdy locks. Routinely check to make sure all your window and door locks are activated. A deadbolt lock is the best for an outside access door. You want to install a deadbolt which does not have an inside key; in case you need to evacuate your home quickly in an emergency.  For sliding glass doors, reinforce your locks with a metal pipe placed where your door slides. For additional safety coverage on a glass door, invest in a glass break sensor system. These systems can be integrated to your monitored home security system and will allow the central station monitoring operators know if your door has been compromised.

DO make sure your home and surrounding property is well lit: While you are not home, try to create the illusion that you are, or at the very least that your home is being watched. Motion sensored outdoor lighting is an excellent deterrent because no burglar wants to be in the spotlight. Make sure your porch and doorways are well lit to thwart off any attackers waiting for you to get home to gain access. For the indoors, enable timers to your lights to give the appearance someone is home. For additional security, by adding a home automation system and turning your house into “smart home”, you will be able to control your lights and security system from anywhere in the world.

DO use drapes or blinds to obscure line of sight into your home: While advertising “what you have” is great for a business, it is not a great idea when it comes to home protection. Using blinds and drapes to cover your windows allows you to hide your valuables from sight. A good idea is to walk around your home and peer into your windows to assess what you can see. If you can see anything of value, try to move the items to obscure sight from the outside.

DO lower the ringer on your home phone: When not home, you want to lower your ringer volume on your home phone. By doing so, a person passing by your home will not be able to hear a phone call going to voicemail. An unanswered phone call is a clue, to a possible intruder, a home is vacant.

DO sleep with car keys near bed: Nowadays most of us have key-fobs, equipped with a panic button on our car keys. If a home evasion or emergency situation occurs while you are in bed, setting off a car alarm could scare off an intruder and alert a neighbor to an emergency situation. A panic button near your bed can also be installed in connection with your home security system.

DO recheck all your window and door locks after a contractor has been in your home: We have all heard the stories in the news referencing a homeowner being burglarized by a  contractor they hired to do work on their house. Once a contractor has access to your home, it is very easy for them to unlatch a window and/or door locks for later entry. It is a good idea to recheck all window and door locks in rooms which any contractor has been into, including the bathroom, immediately after they leave.

DO store fire wood or anything stackable away from the home: While most break ins occur through lower level entry, if a burglar believes they can gain easy access through a second or third floor, they will try. Storing stackable items along-side your home is like leaving a ladder for a burglar to climb up.

DO  leave an extra set of keys with a neighbor or trusted friend:  A burglar would rather use a key to get into your home than to break in through a window or door. A burglar will take the time to look for a key in the “obvious” places, such as; under your door mat or planter. If you do not feel comfortable leaving your key with anyone, another option is to invest in a keyless entry system. With a keyless entry system you never have to worry about locking yourself out of your house.

DO take the time to phone your delivery person or friend and give them the message directly, rather than leaving a  “note” on your door: A note left on the door for a delivery person or friend is basically putting a sign on your door saying “we are not home”. A note on the door can easily be seen by anyone walking or driving by your home.

Following these simple home safety practices can help keep your home safe and protect your valuables. If you would like more information on the benefits of installing a monitored home security system, please call Northeast Security Systems at (201) 529-0100

March 11,2015