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Getting the Best out of Home Security Systems with a Little Effort from You

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | December 28th 2011 | Views:
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Even the brightest of home owners can leave enough tips to burglars to show that the occupant is temporarily out on a vacation, albeit unwittingly. The tell tale signs are the unkempt lawn in the front, newspapers strewn around or even the gate left ajar carelessly.

By being lax, home owners are actually inviting burglars, and remember that except for the hardcore ones, burglars seldom take that extra effort to break into homes. Most burglars look for easy prey and an unoccupied house is the first thing they all want. Installing the a security system like ADT Home Security helps, there is little controversy about that, but should one take a chance? All that it takes to make your home burglarproof is supplement all the security devices you have with some commonsense; that is all you need to do.

Ingenious burglars have ways to break into houses even if you have the best of security devices, and security devices are prone to malfunction if not maintained periodically. Besides power outages too can render devices in effective, and that the burglars know very well. Then, is there no other way out for the honest home owners? Not exactly, all that is meant is take some extra effort and you will have secured your home better than ever before.

Here are some things that you can do to make your home much safer and the neighborhood too. One successful burglary for the thief will encourage him to come back for more, and still more, if you live in an affluent area.

Lock your home, very obvious, you might say, but not everyone might do it. At least a third of the household are in the habit of leaving their homes unlocked, unless they are going on a long vacation. So the next time you leave your home unattended even for a minute, make it a point to keep it locked. A deadlock bolt is all that you need, and of course ensure that the cylinder of the lock is pickproof. Investing on a quality lock can save you a lot of trouble and agony. Just as much as the door, keep your windows too secure. There are many locks specially designed for them, and one of them should fit perfectly for you.

Night is not the only time that burglars choose to break into homes. In fact the majority of burglaries happen in broad daylight, even as there are occupants inside, especially if you live in a sparsely populated place, like in the countryside. However, if you can ensure that the principal entrance to your home has a clear visibility to the street; chances are that you can prevent a house break. So avoid those shrubs and vegetation that hide your homes main door from public visibility, if you can't help it, at least get them trimmed, so they don't grow any taller than three feet.

If you can make your home appear like it is occupied all time, burglars will do little to attempt a break in. Ask your friend or someone you know to keep an eye on your property, preferably a neighbor. And offer to help him likewise, the next time he is going on an extended vacation. It always pays to help and be helped. Inform the local police about your absence, if it going to be for a long time. They can keep a close watch on your property, and that should help, even if it is a small bit.

Since a cent per cent fail proof arrangement is a far cry, having your property insured is a safe bet. If you already have insurance, remember to renew them seamlessly. That will not stop burglars, agreed, but at least it will save you from the agony of losing your belongings for good.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown is a freelance writer and he likes to write on a variety of topics, chiefly those involving security. He also takes much interest concerning security, fire prevention and warning systems like ADT Home Security.

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