Home security is a vast subject that ranges from practical to professional solutions. Whether you are attempting to build a more secure environment at your home, trying to make sure that your property remains protected when you are away, or simply looking for the next available security upgrade, there are always ways to improve the protection of your property. To begin with, you can check with a professional security company to see if there are updates or new features that you might be able to add to your security system. Additionally, however, there are many practical ways of keeping your home safe that you can practice with very little cost. Here are a few examples.
• To begin with, while you are busy talking to your security provider about advanced electronic equipment, make sure that you also inquire about a simple yard sign. Most security companies will provide you with a small sign to place in your yard, which may seem trivial, but which can actually be a significant security feature in and of itself. A criminal’s number one objective is not to be caught, so it is likely that anyone hoping to break into your home will be turned away if it is obvious that your home is protected by a professional security company and system.
• Practice ways of making your home appear occupied in your absence, whether you are out for the night or on vacation for a week. For example, try to keep a car in the driveway or in your garage, and try to leave a light on. These are fairly basic concepts that can, again, achieve the goal of making your home a less attractive option for a criminal hoping to break in. In fact, you can even employ a bit more strategy to be particularly clever – for example, when you leave a light on, make it an interior light, rather than a corner room – this will keep some light in your house, but it will not be obvious that you have simply left one room’s light on all the time.
• If you have children, make sure that they understand basic security measures at a very young age. Not only does this teach them good habits that they can continue to practice when they are older, but it can play an active role in keeping your home safe. Children can be careless and naïve, and are thus more likely to leave doors open or unlocked, or even ignore the smell of smoke. If your children know to shut and lock doors and windows, alert you or call 911 in the event of smoke or a fire, and practice other basic security measures, your home will be less prone to careless security errors.
- Kristen E. is a freelance writer who has contributed to HomeSecuritySystem.com, as well as a number of other online blogs and websites concerned with home improvement and security systems.