Preventative Home Safety | Don't Wait For Misfortune To HappenMay 20, 2018
Got cameras? Don’t wait for a bad experience to happen. Installing surveillance cameras will give you peace of mind, make your home a less desirable target, and keep your family safe. Surveillance cameras can also reduce the cost of your home insurance. Along with quality, well-placed surveillance cameras, here are a few preventative measures you can take to protect your home.
Take small measures to secure entry points to your home.
First, secure the main entry points to your home. Many homeowners don’t realize how susceptible their garage is until it is too late. Burglars know this and will look to your garage first. Add curtains to the windows. It is also a good idea to add an extra lock to the garage door when you will be away from your house for more than a day. Reinforce the deadbolt on your front door to make it more difficult to unlock or kick-in. The other doors in your house might not be obvious points of entry, but they need to be protected the same. Floodlights with motion sensors are a great way to deter unwanted activity around your home. They will also provide lighting for your surveillance cameras to get a clear picture of what is happening—even if it is just a decently-sized raccoon. You should also consider the safety of your windows. Don’t keep any tools or ornaments in your lawn that could be used to smash open a window.
Keep your security running while you are home.
Home burglary is most likely to happen during the day. If there are residents of your family that stay home during the day, leave the security on. Our surveillance cameras and security systems have convenient modes of activity so you can secure your home, without having to worry about setting an alarm off.
Your house numbers should be clearly marked.
Your house number isn’t just for the pizza guy. Clear numbers make it easy for emergency personnel to find your house. Contrast colors and reflective materials are a great way to keep your house number easy to see. Display your house number on your mailbox, your home, and the curb in front of your home.
Make your home look lived-in.
“It isn’t messy, it is lived-in.” We aren’t looking for you to botch your landscape on a regular basis and create a new mess on the porch every day. When burglars are looking for a house to rob they look for subtle signs that the residents are on vacation. Here are a few, simple things you can do to make your home look occupied.
- Set your lights on a timer. When you are home, your lights go on and off based on your daily and nightly routine. The lights should keep that routine while you are away on vacation.
- Keep your lawn manicured. Your house doesn’t have to have immaculate landscaping. A regularly trimmed lawn and reasonably maintained shrubbery will do.
- Bring in the mail and newspaper. A full mailbox and a yard with more than one days worth of news on it is a strong indicator of a vacant home.