30 Aug Are you making these common home security mistakes?
The chance to pick a burglar’s brain could certainly give you some ideas for home security upgrades, but it’s not a very common opportunity. Honestly, if the guy who wants to steal your television let you toss a few questions their way, what would you ask him? Over two million burglaries occur each year in the United States (one every 15 seconds), and based on actual conversations with convicted criminals, here are some things your neighborhood thief doesn’t want you to know.
- 1. Your Trash Is A Billboard Where did your new laptop’s box go? That’s right – it went in the trash. Anyone can dig through your rubbish and find out exactly what’s inside your house. So, never leave boxes of expensive items on the curb. If possible, take them directly to a trash center.
- 2. Burglars Use Social Media, Too When you’re posting about your wonderful vacation on Facebook or Instagram, a burglar may not like your status, but they most definitely like the fact that they know your house is empty! It’s tempting to post images in real time or update your status about how much fun you’re having in a foreign country, but it’s safer to wait until after you’ve returned home.
- 3. Ladders Are Awesome Most people think that just because a window is on the second floor, they don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s locked. Burglars love that mentality because many homeowners have no idea how easy it is to crawl through a second-story window with a ladder. Keep all of your windows and doors locked tight when you’re out of the house and hide the ladder in your garage or in a shed when it’s not in use!
- 4. The Darkness Is Perfect For Hiding If a house’s lights are off for several days in a row, it’s a dead giveaway that people aren’t home, and easy for a thief to lurk around undetected. Not to mention that if your bushes are overgrown on top of that, the more likely it is that someone will want to hide in them. The ultimate kiss of death is the lack of motion detectors to set off exterior lights. Make sure your bushes and trees are neatly trimmed so they don’t double as hiding spots. It may also be worth installing outdoor motion detector lights near exterior doors and windows for some added security.
- 5. Keep The Alarm Panel Out Of Sight
Whether it’s through a window or from a reflection, thieves love being able to see your alarm system. That way, they can tell if it’s armed and know exactly what they’re getting into. If your alarm system is visible through a window, make sure you use blinds or shades to cover it up when you leave or go to sleep. If it’s noticeable in a mirror’s reflection, move that mirror!
There’s more to home security than simply locking the front door and hoping for the best. How many of these mistakes are you guilty of making? If you need assistance in purchasing, installing, inspecting, or perfecting the security needs for your home or office, call the Horizon Alarms team at 800-467-1832 or send us a message and we’ll reach out to discuss all of your alarm needs.