Home Security Tips

Lock your door: Yes, we already said that – but it does bear repeating. Many burglars simply walk through an open door because, well, they can. Even high profile celebrities have made the mistake of leaving doors unlocked, and they’ve paid a high price. Don’t be the family that makes it easy for a thief!

Change the locks: When you move in, that is. It is now a common occurrence: angry former homeowners who are ordered to vacate breaking in to vandalize and steal. If you are moving into a home in which the previous owner foreclosed (like many home buyers are right now), then you must change the locks to prevent any disgruntled former occupants from breaking in. You don’t know them, so you can’t trust them.

Hide your wiring: As stated, professional thieves have tricks of the trade and they are often willing to share their tips with newbies. One such tip is to disconnect your alarm system, so take steps to conceal the wiring on your home if you have a hard wired alarm. If the thieves break in, your alarm will sound and the signal will reach the central station.

There are many other security tips to thwart thieves, we don’t merely “sell alarms” – we commit ourselves to helping business owners and homeowners stay on top of security in every way possible.

Many of the ways to deter thieves may seem like common sense, but everyone can use a reminder now and then.

Secure sliding glass doors: Sliding glass doors are often easier to break into than standard front doors. To reduce the risk of intruders breaking into yours, fit a length of wood or small pole in the track of your sliding glass door. This will prevent it from being opened by an intruder from the outside. Many people use a broomstick-shaped piece of wood to accomplish this. It is also possible to install keyed locks onto sliding glass doors. Check your local home improvement store for availability.

Create an illusion: Giving would-be intruders the impression that somebody is home is an age-old trick; the good news is, it still works. Leave lights on (Total Connect customers can put them on a timer!), and consider leaving a radio or TV on as well for a low sound that will make it seem like someone is home (if you will not be gone overnight). Make sure curtains and blinds are closed, though; you don’t need anyone looking in.

Get a dog: Or, train the dog you have to defend your home from intrusion. Scolding your dog for barking is not always the best idea; when you’re home and he barks at people passing by, give him a pet of approval to encourage it in the future. That way, he will be far more likely to bark loudly if someone lurks near the door when you are not there. Of course, some thieves know how to calm a barking dog; depending on your dog, it may be as easy as giving him a treat. That’s why it’s never a good idea to use a dog as a substitute for a quality alarm system.

You still need an audible alarm to scare thieves away the moment they enter.

Combined with a professionally installed and maintained security system, these tips offer some great ways to deter thieves from breaking into your home. For questions on commercial and residential security systems and other intrusion prevention methods, contact Intercity Security Systems today!