Keeping your home security system as effective and updated as possible is a vital aspect of guaranteeing safety in and around the home; at the same time, having a certain degree (a considerable degree, that is to say) of common sense also goes a long way towards guaranteeing safety in and around the home. Some people simply focus on the one and overlook the other, much to the detriment of their, their family’s and their house’s security. Here are five ideas, representing a bit of each side of the aforementioned equation, that will help to keep your home security levels optimal:
1) Upgrade your system to wireless if you haven’t already, or make sure that the installation for the first time you do get a security system for your home is wireless. Going wireless is a big deal, and it means a lot more than just having a smarter technology for show in your home. Wireless systems present two major advantages for customers: the first, which happens to be the most important, is that wireless systems are practically impossible to bypass, and that means that you and your family are much more protected; the second benefit is that wireless systems imply a faster and less intrusive installation process. Practically no drilling whatsoever is involved, and what home owner can pretend not to be attracted by that proposal. Though you will have to replace the batteries every so often, this is more than worth it as an investment.
2) Keep the area surrounding your home clean and groomed. It may sound like a superficial affair, but trimming hedges and other sorts of undergrowth is a crucial fire prevention measure that nobody can afford to ignore. Dead vegetation is perhaps the prime source of fuel for any sort of outdoor fire-one which, with the right wind and enough proximity to your home can quickly become an indoor fire. A wide swath of land around your home should be free of dead branches and other forms of natural growth. Beyond fire safety, doing so will deny burglars the shadowy areas where they can hide and therefore avoid detection.
3) Get your home security system and service from a company that really knows what they are doing, and have the credentials and the history to back their performance up. There are so many companies competing on the market today that many of them are inevitably sub par. Do some internet searches to find out what sort of reputation a company has, and even check out the Better Business Bureau’s freely available business reports to find out if a company honors their word and has a history of good performance.
4) For people living in areas with high crime rates, and more generally for anybody that lives in a populated area, try to keep the time spent entering and leaving the home to a minimum; that is to say, have your keys at hand when approaching your home, and do not leave doors open for a long time. These fleeting moments, short as they may seem, are the opportunity in which many criminals choose to commit their nefarious deeds.
5) Stay attentive to the prompts given by your home security system. The latest systems on the market today offer a prompt for practically any condition, whether of immediate threat to a home and its residents or of a less urgent nature. From detecting carbon monoxide levels above normal to alerting you that you should change the batteries on your wireless transmitters soon, today’s home security systems have the inside of your home completely monitored, so pay attention to them.