Beyond the Alarm System
While having a home security system professionally installed helps
protect valuables, there are other measures homeowners can take to
protect themselves and their homes.
Lights. When choosing the
right home security system, consider adding exterior lights that work
in conjunction with motion detectors. When movement is detected in the
yard, the lights will turn on automatically. The brighter the yard, the
fewer places for potential intruders to hide. Homeowners may want to
consider installing an automatic timer or a photocell on any exterior
lights. These controllers turn the lights on and off automatically and
can be used when home or away.
Locks. Regardless of your
neighborhood, it is never a good idea to leave doors or windows
unlocked. To minimize forced entry into any home, homeowners should
keep these shut and secured at all times. Even second-story windows can
be used as access points into a home. Also, do not keep spare keys in
obvious locations, such as under the doormat or above the door.
Experienced burglars will know to check these places.