Quiz: Home Security Statistics and Facts
So you just bought a new home. It is a great feeling. You are saving money on your monthly bills by paying a mortgage that is much cheaper than your rent was when you were living with 3 of your loud friends from college. You always have the peace of mind knowing that you have something that is yours that no one can take away from you. It is also nice to know that you are not going to have to move for a while. No one likes moving except the moving companies.
There are some things that you need to consider, however, when you purchase a new home. One of those is home security equipment. Some home break-ins are happening in areas where most thought they were completely safe from burglary or vandalism. While many people think that having homeowner insurance is enough to cover them in case of damage or theft, dealing with insurance companies can be a trying experience, that no one wants to go through. It is less stressful to just completely avoid any of these unwanted circumstances from taking place.
This is why home security systems are such a popular option to include when you are building a new house. They are also becoming less expensive for current homeowners who do not have home security devices already installed. The technology required to run these home security systems is getting cheaper and cheaper, making the systems much more affordable for homeowners with a smaller budget. There are some other steps that need to be taken to help protect a home properly. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to decide if your home is optimally protected from burglary, fire and vandalism:
- Is there a clear view of all entry points to your house? Thieves love to work under the cover of night. After all, the goal of their mission is to work unseen. It is wise to avoid having tall shrubbery or trees near the windows or doors of your home to make it less attractive to burglars.
- Are the batteries in your smoke detectors working? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), fire is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the home in the United States. Having working smoke detectors is the best way to alert you and your family of any potential danger due to fire so your reaction time can be as quick as possible.
- Do you know your neighbors? Introduce yourself and your family to your new neighbors. This way they can know if someone who is at your door or entering your house does not belong there. If they do not know who lives there, they cannot know who is an intruder and who is a resident.
- Are you having mail held at the post office when you leave town? Stacks of unopened mail can be a huge indicator to an intruder that you are not going to be home for a while. This makes your home a much easier target for them.
- Where are you hiding your spare keys? Try not to hide them in obvious places where burglars are more likely to look.
These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself to help make sure that your home is as safe as it can be. Consult with Protect Your Home; we will be able to give you home security tips specific to your needs to help protect it in the best manner possible.