Start Protecting Your Home And Assets From Theft Today
No one wants to come home after a long day at work or after a relaxing vacation and find his or her home vandalized and burglarized. Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect your belongings and family, and it starts with a few common sense tips and installing and maintaining a home security system.
Motion Sensor Lights
One of the easiest and fastest home security upgrades is to install motion sensor lights in place of outdoor porch and patio lights. The sensor activates and turns on the light whenever someone or something moves into its path, illuminating the potential criminal and drawing attention to your property.
For individuals and families going on vacation, lights on timers can make a potential burglar think twice. The lights should be set to turn on around dusk and off around dawn. More expensive timers can be set to turn off and on multiple times a day. Televisions and radios can also be placed on timers to provide noise and make it seem like someone is home.
Secure Your Attached Garage
Many criminals enter through unlocked or opened attached garages because they provide easy access to the house and a fast exit. They can even provide stealth for the crime if the criminal pulls his or her car into the garage before stealing the contents of the home. To deter criminals from entering your garage, always keep the garage door and the inside door leading from the garage to the house locked. For added security, C-clamps can be attached to the tracks of the garage door to make it impossible to open.
Home Security Systems And A Monitoring Services
Home burglaries where the individual or family is not at home rank very low in priority for police. Most of the time the suspects are never caught, and the items are never recovered. To increase the likelihood of catching the criminal and recovering your items, install a home security system that includes professional monitoring services.
When choosing a home monitoring system and security cameras, it’s important to determine how many cameras and sensors your home needs and how you will record the information. There should be a sensor on every window and door that activates if the window or door is opened or broken while the alarm is on.
Cameras should be positioned so that they monitor all exterior doors and the areas in front of the house and at the rear. Extra cameras can be placed in the interior of the home to monitor high-dollar electronics and assets. All cameras should be set to record either to a computer hard drive or a DVD player for later review.
A home security monitoring company should also be employed to monitor the home, and many security companies offer cameras and motion sensors with their packages. Though, it’s important to find out how and in what order you and the authorities are alerted. If a break-in is suspected, the monitoring company should be willing to call the authorities as well as a member of the household.
By utilizing these tips and taking advantage of security cameras and the services of a home monitoring company, you are protecting your assets and family and preventing theft.