Are You Making These Common Safety Mistakes?

Are You Making These Common Safety Mistakes?

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Leaving The Doors or Windows Unlocked


Granted, most burglaries occur through forced entry, but a substantial amount are the result of unlocked doors and windows. One study found that 30% of all burglaries that occur in the United States involve the burglar entering through an unlocked door or window. It only takes a couple of seconds to lock the door (or window) behind you, but doing so could protect your home from being burglarized. So whether you’re going away for a week-long vacation, or if you’re just running up the convenience store, always lock the door behind you.


Neglecting Your Neighbors


A good neighbor is your first line of home defense when you are away, which is why it’s a good idea to walk over and introduce yourself as soon as you move into your new home. You don’t have to become best friends with them, but you should introduce yourself and your family. When you go away on vacation, ask your neighbor to keep an eye on your home. Most will gladly accept this responsibility, looking for signs of suspicious activity.


Not Setting The Alarm


I think we’ve all been guilty of leaving without setting the house alarm. You might be late for work, or maybe you’re just thinking about other things at the time, but you end up running out the front door without setting the alarm. It’s not until you’ve already arrived at your destination when you realize that your home is unprotected. In most cases, nothing will happen, but there’s always a chance that a burglar will strike. And if your home is unprotected, burglaries will have plenty of time to clear out your valuables without anyone noticing.


Using a DIY Home Security System


The allure of a do-it-yourself home security system may sound enticing, but homeowners generally up paying more for these system in the long run. You have to remember that homes are built different, with varying numbers of doors, windows, points of entry, etc. Therefore, you’ll need the right amount of sensors, motion detectors and control panels to properly secure your home. Unfortunately, most DIY home security systems lack the necessary equipment, leaving parts of the home unprotected. And to make matters worse, many of these DIY systems are not hooked up to any monitoring service, and those that offer such services usually have limited options from which the homeowner can choose.



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