It is important not to allow yourself to be lulled into complacency regarding the security of your home. Protecting your home is a multifaceted task, and often people are not as protected as they think they are. Home security systems are an excellent investment, but these systems need to be complemented by a common sense approach. In fact, it is often because these types of systems, when planned and used correctly, are so reliable that people often neglect practical means of enhancing security. Here are three reasons you may not be as protected as you think.
Location, Location, Location
Consider carefully the placement of your security system control panel. Naturally, you want convenient access to it, but you also want to be sure that it is not located in a place where a potential intruder could try to deactivate it. All essential home wiring should be protected from tampering from the outside of your home. If you have video surveillance equipment, make sure that all components are secure, located out of the way of potential damage or theft. In the same way you may have decals and signs in the front of your home announcing that you are security system protected, locate some in the rear of the house as well.
It is easy to get caught up in a high tech security mind set and forget that some criminals still operate in a pretty low tech manner, like breaking a window or small pane of glass in a door. Unless you have individually alarmed windows and doors throughout your home, glass is still a vulnerable point. Shatterproof glass is one option, but that can be costly if you must replace all of the glass in your home. There is another option, and that is to add shatterproof film to the glass in areas that an intruder could use to break into your home.
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If you are relying on a home security system, be sure to consider a backup power source in the event of an accidental or deliberate disruption of power. Depending on the type of system you are using, you may want to consider multiple backup options. Generators are an excellent option, and available in a variety of sizes. You can get one that just runs your security system in the event of a power failure, or one that runs your entire home. If using a monitoring system based on a land line phone, back it up with a cell phone or voice over internet protocol (VOIP). Always mix solar or battery operated lights into your security lighting to ensure that, power or not, you are well lit. Go over each element of your security system, and consider backup options in the event of a failure.