What can you do to protect your family and secure your home? Besides getting the best locks and break-in-resistant doors, it’s also important to have enough exterior light to make it harder for criminals to hide in the shadows. You also can invest in a home alarm system that forms another layer of protection and detection.
Let’s take a look at what to consider for each of these elements.
Don't make it easier for burglars to walk in your front or back door or crawl through an open window. Install strong locks on doors and windows as your first line of defense against unauthorized entrance.
Here's the thing, though. It’s not enough to put on locks — you also have to use them, all the time! That may seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forego safety when it interferes with convenience. Good habits form one day at a time. So, remind yourself of why you installed the locks in the first place, and keep your home on lockdown every time you go away.
Additionally, remember that bold intruders won't care if you’re home. To keep your family safe, it's important to lock the doors at all times.
Does your home have enough lighting to expose intruders? Most people install at least one light near the front door but may leave the sides and back of the property in darkness. If you don't want to leave the lights on all night, you can use motion detectors that provide light when you need it and scare off would-be burglars.
Did you know that homes with a monitored alarm system have far fewer break-ins? Investing in a security system also encourages burglars to leave your home much faster. When choosing an alarm company, it's important to make sure that you have access to security monitoring. That way, if an alarm trips, you can rest assured that someone has eyes on your property.
While some monitored alarm systems notify the police, that's a double-edged sword. If you have a false alarm, you could end up getting charged for it! Instead, consider an alarm company with in-house professional monitoring. If a burglar breaks in, it will trip the alarm and a team of experts will notify the police. However, if you or your pet trigger a motion detector, you won't get charged for the mishap.
Many home security systems have hidden charges that significantly increase your overall cost. Hidden fees include installation charges for cameras, sensors, and a control keypad. Choose a DIY home alarm company that protects your home without the extra cost.
For many homeowners, that means making the choice to go with thinkpro — the company that doesn’t require long-term contracts.
Are you ready to choose a home alarm system? Talk to a security specialist at 1-855-76-THINK or 1-855-76-84465 to get started. Contact us online with any questions you may have.