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Answers to Common Home Security Questions

on Aug 05, 2014

It goes without saying that ensuring the security of your home can be a very daunting task. There are so many questions to consider when planning for the safety of your home, your possessions, and your loved ones. Here are answers to some of the most common questions faced by people looking to improve their home security.

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What does security system protect my home from?

In addition to detecting break-ins, a home security system can include several other sensors for things like:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Smoke

How can I make my home less attractive to burglars?

Any home is a potential target, and your home is even more vulnerable to break-ins when you are away or on vacation. Fortunately, there are lots of simple steps you can take to reduce the chances of a burglary.

  • Have a security system – It may seem like an obvious step to take, but it is an important one. Potential thieves may seek out homes with no security system.
  • Timer controlled lights – Lights that never switch on or off will let thieves know that nobody is home while you are away. Lights that activate on a timer can prevent this.
  • Disable telephone ringers – Just like with lights, unanswered ringers can indicate that your home is vacant, and therefore vulnerable. Shut off the ringer to your phone when you leave for an extended period of time
  • Halt mail and newspaper delivery – Contact your mail and newspaper carriers to stop delivering to your house when you leave for an extended period of time. Stacks of uncollected mail and papers are another indicator to thieves that nobody is home.
  • Cover your windows – Without blinds or curtains, thieves can easily look inside your house to spot valuables as well as find out when you are not around.

What kinds of items are commonly stolen?

It is good to know which items are most sought after by thieves so you can properly secure them and keep them out of sight.

  • Expensive items like electronics and jewellery
  • Firearms
  • Documents with personal information that could be used for identity theft

What happens to my security system in a power outage?

It is important to make sure that your alarm system has a working backup battery. This will allow your system to remain functioning, even in the event of a power outage. Most alarm system backup batteries should be able to provide power for a day or more.

What other measures can I take to protect my home in addition to an alarm system?

  • Replace locks when you move in – You can keep track of all of your own keys to ensure none fall into the wrong hands, but you can never be certain about previous owners.
  • Use fire-resistant materials wherever possible in your house.
  • Check with local police and fire departments for any services they provide, such as registration of valuable items.
  • Ensure that the wires of your security system are not accessible to potential burglars, or choose a wireless system.