In addition to your PSI monitored home security system, there are steps you can take to protect your home and family from burglary, fire and intrusion. Below are some basic tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe whether you’re there or away.
Lighting is your best and cheapest defense against burglaries. Burglars are less likely to target a house if they risk being seen by neighbors and passersby who could potentially notify the police. Use an energy efficient compact fluorescent bulb in your front and rear porch light and leave them on all night. Porch lights can be automated by connecting them to a timer or photocell.
Don’t give potential intruders a means to conceal their activities. Make sure your house is not obstructed from view. Clear away overgrown shrubbery from the front of your house and make sure that your front door can be seen from the street.
Install motion sensors to light up the dark areas of your property – there’s nothing more startling to someone approaching your home to be suddenly bathed in light. Motion sensors are inexpensive and easy to install. They can be set to stay on for a set period of time when triggered by motion.
When you go on vacation, connect some lamps in your home to plug-in timers. Use the timers that allow you to set multiple on/off events every 24 hours. Do this with two or 3 lamps to give the impression that someone is home in the evenings. This is especially important if someone is watching your house to determine if anybody is home. Ask your neighbor to pickup mail and newspapers every day or suspend the service with your carrier. There’s nothing like a pile of newspapers on your front porch to tip off a burglar that you’re away.
Install dead bolt locks on all of your doors. This is something the average homeowner can install with a minimum of tools and is a fairly inexpensive way to secure your home. Deadbolts cannot be picked as easily as regular door locks.
Your best defense is to make it appears that someone is always home, even when you’re not. For even more security, consider installing a burglar alarm in your home if you don’t already have one.