4 Basic Rules Of Home Security

September 30th, 2019

You might live in a safe neighborhood and trust your neighbors, and you may have gone your whole life without experiencing a break-in, but no home is completely safe from intruders and burglars.  Burglars and thieves are very often opportunists, and if they see a chance to get into your home and take whatever they can then they’ll do it.  Fortunately, you can reduce your risks by following some simple but important rules about home security.

1. Change The Locks When Moving In

This is such a basic step in home security that most people assume that you’ll do so.  However, it’s still worth saying:  anytime you move into a new place you should change the locks or make sure the building manager changes them for you.  It’s very easy to copy a key to a tumbling pin lock, and you can never be certain the last owners gave you every key they have.  Changing the lock also gives you an opportunity to upgrade to an electric model or reprogram an electric lock that’s already there.

2. Don’t Hide Spare Keys By The Front Door

Having a spare key outside your house may be necessary depending on who you’re living with, but you should avoid putting it in an obvious spot anywhere near the front door.  Burglars are well aware of the common hiding spots like under the mat, inside a fake rock, under a pot, in the back of the mailbox, and so on.  If you absolutely need to have a spare key, come up with a clever hiding spot and put it near a side door, the back door, or simply far away from the front door itself.

3. Don’t Discuss Your Vacation Online Until It’s Over

While it’s always exciting to go on vacation, you should keep in mind when you’re talking about it online that anyone could be looking at your posts.  Some burglars have taken advantage of this fact to locate families in their area who are all going on vacation so they can rob them while they’re away.  If you want to avoid this danger, talk to your friends in person or through private lines about your vacation plans and only post about it on social media after you get back.

4. Customize Your Security System

Every home has a few basic security features, but you can significantly improve your home safety by upgrading and customizing your security with better features.  This can include surveillance cameras on the front of the house and in certain rooms, stronger locks, sturdy exterior doors, a solid backyard fence, and an alarm system that can detect burglars, fire, carbon monoxide, and basement flooding.  A comprehensive system can even combine all these features and help them work together.

With every home there’s a risk that someone might break in and steal things.  Fortunately, you can reduce your risk levels by following a few simple but effective rules.  For more information, ideas, and security products, contact SilverHammer Surveillance and schedule a consultation.