Before you head out for that hard-earned vacation to the mountains or beach, take a moment to check the security of your home. Vacation time is peak season for house burglaries. There are many security options available, ranging from ADT security systems to things you can install by yourself inside and outside your home.
Assess Your Home’s Risk
Place yourself in the mind of a burglar or other intruder. Ask yourself and find out how you would break into your home. If you can identify at least one way into your home, it’s at serious risk. Vulnerable areas include old window or doors with insufficient locks. Remedy these problem areas immediately before installing an alarm.
Install Home Alarm Systems
Buy and install an alarm system from an ADT authorized dealer if you’re confident you can do it yourself. Make sure the alarm system you purchase comes with right the number of sensors and zones for your home. Change alarm system batteries on a regular basis.
Install Timer on Lighting
Install adequate outdoor lighting, especially in places that are accessible to thieves. Place timers that automatically activate so that it looks like someone is home even if you’re working late or on a vacation. Program these lights to go on and off at specific times.
Install Locks for Doors and Windows
Choose the best locks for your doors and windows. Install a deadbolt lock on the back and front doors. Install additional locks to any push-button locks. Also, buy cylinder locks that are difficult to remove. Change locks right away if you lose your key.
Keep Shrubs and Trees Trimmed
Mow your lawn weekly as robbers look for overgrown bushes to use as a hiding area.
Hide and Secure Important Things
Lock up bikes, backyard toys, and lawn tools as visible things tempt thieves. Place curtains in rooms with costly personal items and electronic devices. Place a fireproof safe in an out-of-the-way area and store money, jewelries, and other important items in it at all times.
If you do not have security devices in place, you are taking a huge risk. The best way to give yourself peace of mind is to install an ADT alarm system. A home with an alarm system is less likely to be victimized by burglary or break-in than one with no alarm.