Even if you have a home security installed, it is still possible to be unprotected from intruders. It is easy to forget about the basic home security “do” and “don’t” guidelines. These common homeowner mistakes are what can put you or your family at risk. So for the people that do have a security system, remember there are always common mistakes that you can make to make your home vulnerable.
You should never leave a set of keys to your home in your vehicle; if this is the case never leave your vehicle unlocked, If you do then an intruder would have access into your home without looking suspicious. Your backyard is the best way that an intruder can access your house. Make sure that all storage spaces or sheds have locks on them always and to be sure there are no ladders in your backyard giving them access to get through higher windows in your home.
Your landscape should always be kept neat. Having high bushes gives an intruder a place to hide and a place to be unseen from neighbors. Once a month is always good to check your outside lighting and replace any faulty lightbulbs immediately.
There are many times that you have to do your daily errands and forget to alarm your home security system. This is what intruders pray for. The best way to avoid this is to have a keypad right by your door and place your keys next to the keypad so you will twice before going out the door. Once a month you should begin to check your home security system and make sure all sensors are working. If you security system is older than 5 years you should replace it immediately or consider upgrading. There has been many advancements in today’s security systems that offer more protection and gradually lessen your risk of being a victim to crime offenders. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms provide you with extra safety from fires or gas leaks, you should replace these batteries every 2 years.
Your windows are your worst enemy when it comes to intruders. Check your windows and doors and make sure the locks work correctly and are not damaged. Not taking damage to your windows or doors can put you at risk. When replacing your locks make sure its the latest design to avoid pick locking.
One of the worst mistakes you can make is leaving a key to your home outside in plants, floor mate, or your mailbox. There isn’t one place outside that you can call safe when it comes to safety in your home. If you lose your keys a lot you should look into fingerprint locks or keyless keypads locks to enter your home.