There are many times where we feel that we’ve done what we feel needs to be done to provide what we consider to be home security. Despite all that, you still see that there are break-ins or robberies. Sure, there may be some greatly secured areas that have blind spots and failure locations, there are so many people out there that build their security halfway and feel that it is enough. Well let me tell you this: If you stopped halfway and decided it was enough, it is not.
Sometimes its no different from someone saying that they’ve covered up their private areas and deem themselves fit to roam around outside since they feel they’ve gotten everything covered. Sure it may cover you up from the endless source of embarrassment and teasing, but physically you are no where near covered for the rain, the cold or the heat.
Is this somewhat of a far-fetched analogy? Maybe so, but it is mainly to show you that even at an extreme such as this, uncovered is still uncovered.
There are a few mistakes people make when it comes to home security, and that is what we’ll cover today. You’ve done little bits here and there but the completion of your home security is not yet complete.
1. Old, outdated equipment.
People hold on to their old ways of home security for dear life because of the heavy investment.
Security, as cliche as it may sound, really is hard to put a price on. When you consider what you have at risk of being stolen or broken or hurt, it’s hard to put a price on the things you value so much. When I say old and outdated equipment, I’m talking about old cameras that are rusting and showing signs of wear and tear. I’ve seen offices and houses with cameras that seem very much close to death and yet they are left out there as a means of security. Why? Because these cameras can be expensive, but when you think about it, a broken camera or a rusty camera may be indicative of a security system that is not being maintained. The result? You may actually end up inviting crime to your house or office.
2.Piles and piles of mail and newspapers
Lack of maintenance, especially when it comes to important items such as mail, is indicative of an empty house! You don’t have to be a burglar or criminal to notice it. You may see piles of newspapers tossed outside of a house along with mail overflowing from the mail box. This just simply shows everyone who happens to walk by your house that you’re not home and won’t be home for some time. Put a halt to your services! If you’re going away for prolonged periods of time, mail services as well as newspaper services can and will put a halt on their services if you request it. Don’t leave you house advertising that no one is home; at least leave a light on and let people know that someone may be home.
3. Let there be Light!
Dark areas are easy to hide in. We all know that. That’s where all the ghosts and bad people hide in movies. It’s no different when it comes to our home security. Dark areas, whether its in the yard or the front porch, provide great hiding spots for unexpected guests. Motion detection lights are great! Not only are they extremely bright in most cases, they are also discreet and usually catch those trying to creep around your house by surprise.
4. Lock it up
Be sure to lock up when you leave. Even in the nicest of neighborhoods, you still have break-ins, robberies and such. You may live in the “safest” of neighborhoods but what’s to stop someone from taking a car over and robbing a house? I’ve heard of instances where people believe the safety of their neighborhood is enough to base whether they lock their doors or not. Whether it’s your garage or your back door, lock up whatever your can because there’s nothing to stop a robber from coming in from a different town. This is the most simplest of security solutions that most people tend to overlook the most.
5. Find a better hiding spot for keys.
I’m sure you all have that secret hiding spot for a spare key. Well don’t think that your everyday criminal will fail to look for one when breaking into your house. What’s easier than simply walking in through your front door with a key in hand? Avoid the typical hiding spots (under the door mat, under the flower pot, etc). Leave it with a trustworthy neighbor or buy a digital keypad deadbolt that offers top notch security. These criminals are people too and as such, they know your tendencies because they probably have them too!
These are only a few things that I can point out for you at the moment, but if you dig deep they are bound to be there somewhere. Those things that you may pass off as “they’ll never think to do that” are probably things that criminals have thought of if you thought about it too! Take that extra minute and ensure your safety.