There are a lot of mistakes made by homeowners regarding home safety. Many fail to make the necessary investments in their home and fail to take the problem of theft seriously. You don’t want to end up with security problems in your home and this is why it’s important to know what the top 6 mistakes are so that you don’t make them yourself.
1: No Security System
Having no security system at all is a big mistake. Some people try to pretend as though they have a system with either a sticker in the window or a home security sign in the lawn. This isn’t fooling anyone. If someone wants into your home, they are still going to try. Most are willing to take the risk of an alarm sounding if they can get in and get some valuables before the police arrive.
2: No Monitoring
What’s worse than no security system? Having one and not paying the monthly fee to keep it monitored. You need the monitoring because you won’t always be at home to hear the alarms go off. And if you are home and they go off, you may need the monitoring company to send help because of a situation that has gotten out of hand.
3: Lack of Training
You need to be able to work your system and a mistake that is commonly made is that people don’t tune in when the security professionals are teaching them how to use the system. You need to know how to activate the system, how to work the system so that you can make the necessary changes when you go out of town and much more.
4: Failure to Teach Kids
You have to teach your kids about home security. There has been many times where a teenager deactivated the system in order to sneak out or let a friend in. Because the system was down, it allowed someone to come in and rob the house without anyone knowing that it happened until the next morning. If you teach your kids about the security system and the importance of it always being set, they will make sure that it is always set. As for the sneaking out – this is a whole other lesson to teach your kids.
5: Not Setting up a Community Watch
It’s a good idea to set up a community watch. Neighborhoods that have it are generally safer. It doesn’t cost any money and everyone takes turns to patrol the neighborhood. This is a great way to look out for your home when you’re not in town. Since you can’t be there, at least your neighbors can have your back – and you can have theirs when they go out of town as well. If you reach out to enough people in your community, you will likely be able to form a watch without a problem.
6: Lack of Research
Many homeowners figure that if they have a security system and it’s monitored, they don’t have anything to worry about. This is a mistake because it takes a lot of research to find out what systems are the best and what companies are the best to provide the monitoring. Did you know that in one particular area, one monitoring company may have an average response time of 2 minutes while another one can be an hour or longer? Who do you want watching over your home?
If you take the time to research out your options, you won’t have to worry about whether your home is safe or not because you will be given peace of mind knowing that you have the best system and you are working with the best company in the area.
In the end, mistakes happen all the time. Homeowners don’t know any better, so they make mistakes and then learn the hard way – after their home has been burglarized. You don’t want to be a victim and that means you can learn from the mistakes made by others. You can do a little research about home security systems, work with your community, and talk to your kids. As a result, your home will be safer – even when you’re not at home.
Guest Author: Carol Thomas is a lifestyle and technology writer, and writes about helpful topics such as outdoor surveillance camera reviews and home safety tips.