Home Security - Protecting Your Home While On Vacation

November 5, 2010 by admin  
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bahama-vacation-pic1Have you already made travel plans for an upcoming holiday vacation?  Are you going out of town to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Or have you made some major plans to go to an exotic location - like Hawaii or Cancun - someplace warm and relaxing?

If so, what plans have you made to ensure your home is well protected from a burglary or fire while you are away?

For a lot of people protecting your home sometimes falls last on the list and by then it may be late.  Over my 20 years as a home security specialist with ADT I have met homeowners who put their security system in after they came home from vacation - when they found the door kicked in and their home ransacked.

Therefore, I am a big proponent of encouraging homeowners to be proactive about home security protection.  When you invest the time, energy and resources into building a solid level of protection in and around your home, you stand a better chance of NOT becoming the victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime.

So what should you do to make sure your home is protected not just while you are on vacation but 24/7 - 365 days a year?  For people who have already protected their home with a 24/7 alarm service - I salute you.  You can go on vacation with tremendous peace of mind knowing if something happens help is immediately on the way.   For those who don’t have a security system you must rely upon neighbors, friends and/or family members to come and check your home while you’re away.

Here are some home security and safety tips to keep your home secure while away on holiday vacation:

1.  If you don’t already have one, install a quality home security system with 24/7 monitoring for burglary, fire and low temperature protection. If you already have security but not these services, check with your alarm company tp see about adding.  A fire can devastate a home.  And if the electricity gets knocked out due to weather in below freezing temperatures causing the furnace to go out, pipes freeze and sometimes burst causing flooding.  A low temperature detector would alert someone very quickly that there is a problem.

2.  Tighten up and harden the outside of your home. Look at the deadbolts on each door and determine if they are strong enough to withstand a forced intrusion.  Check the bolt on the deadbolt - 2-3″ bolts are recommended.  If you’ve never changed your locks/deadbolts and they are over 10-15 years, it may be time to invest in solid quality deadbolts.  Doors are usually the first point of break-in.  Make your doors impenetrable to an intruder.  When you leave for vacation, make sure you’ve locked all doors.  Common sense I know, but many people leave doors unlocked.

3.  Check windows to make sure locks are adequate and that they are locked when you leave. Recommendation is to reinforce the windows with dowel rods that can be placed in the track of the windows to prevent lifting or sliding if someone breaks the window to unlock.  If the burglar has to work with any effort at getting into the home, chances are the burglar will give up and move to an easier home.  The key is to make your home impenetrable to an intrusion.

4.  Be part of a neighborhood watch group. It’s a good idea to get to know neighbors on either side of your home and across the street then watch out for one another.  When you get ready to leave, let 2-4 of your close neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your home.  If you’re not expecting anyone other than a family member checking your home, let them know that and give them a number to call just in case anything suspicious happens.  If a U-haul pulls up in front of your home and starts unloading your valuables, that should be cause for concern and to notify police.  When neighbors help each other by keeping an eye out, it helps  reduce crime in your area.

5.  Have the newspaper and mail delivery stopped before you leave or have a trusted neighbor pick these up.  A stuffed mail box or newspaper box is a telltale sign that no one is home.

6.  Install motion sensor lights on the outside - garage, front, back and sides of your home provide the best coverage. When these lights come on at night, it gives the impression someone is home.  My recommendation is to also connect the motion lights to a lamp(s) on the inside which will come on once the motion lights come on.  This looks as though someone really is at home.  Most burglars don’t want to confront the homeowner so if they think someone is home, they may move on as well.

7.  Check your electrical plugs, Christmas lights and all outlets before leaving. Unplug as much as you can to alleviate having a fire while gone.  Check your battery smoke detectors and replace batteries accordingly.  If no one is home and a battery smoke detector goes off, no one knows.  If you have a monitored smoke detector, your alarm company can alert fire authorities and others and possibly prevent a major fire disaster.  Every year we hear of fire destroying homes and families due to negligence.

8.  If you have an alarm system, best sure to test your system from time to time and especially before leaving on vacation. Make sure your emergency contact list is up-to-date and let your alarm company know the dates you will be gone.  That way if they get an alarm they can dispatch authorities immediately.  Anyone having access to your home and your alarm should no how to work the alarm, have the 4-digit code and no the password in case they accidentally trip the alarm system.  That way you avoid a false alarm.

9.  If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you might have someone clear the sidewalk or your driveway if you get a major dump of snow during the holidays. When snow builds up in the driveway or sidewalk, this can give the appearance that no one is at home.  And that’s what burglars really like - no one at home.

10. Pull curtains and mini-blinds so people can’t see inside. Don’t display valuables near windows for burglars to see.  This may be too tempting if someone is really desperate.  Set lights and lamps up on timers to give the impression someone is home.

We all seem to be on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Community Sites.  Be careful how much information you give about being away from home on vacation.  You never know who your “friend” may be on Facebook or Twitter and there have been many cases where a home has been robbed not long after information was “tweeted” or “shared” on a social media site.  Use precautions about what you disclose about being gone, on vacation or personal information.  We don’t always “know” our social media friends that well.

Keep in mind that burglaries tend to increase during the holidays just because people have presents, valuable gifts, cash and other things that burglars want.  But in today’s volatile economic climate there’s more desperation from people who are out of work, don’t want to work, or on drugs.  As homeowners it is up to us to secure our home.  Sometimes that means we have to invest a little more but in the long run keeping your home and family safe and secure is worth the investment and peace of mind.

Your home security and personal safety should become a 24/7 habit - a mindset.  Not that you should become paranoid but realistic in knowing that crime is encroaching upon even the nicest, once the safest neighborhoods.  Being proactive and doing your part to protect your home and family whether you are home or on vacation means you’ll enjoy your vacation more and have a better sense of peace of mind.

Home Security System - The First Line Of Defense!

January 30, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

First Line Of Defense Security Strategies

Have you put up a defensive barrier around your home to keep the criminals, creeps, and home intruders out?   What first line of defense  strategies have you set up to keep your home and family secure and safe?

For thousands of people a home security system with warning signs in both the front and back yards plus window decals that indicate there is a security system is the first line of defense.  The signs and stickers are the first thing a burglar sees from the road or as someone approaches your home.  This can be your first line of defense!

img025-good-house-pic2One of the most prominent things that stand out about this home is the ADT alarm sign right at the front entry area.  Burglars typically want to avoid a home with a sign like this.  “Why jeopardize getting caught when there are much easier homes that don’t have a security system.” A random survey of this neighborhood showed there weren’t many homes with security alarm signs - which make those homes a more vulnerable home burglary target.

Again, when a burglar is randomly looking at homes to break into, one of the first things he looks for is - does the home have a security system? If you have built layers of security protection around your home that includes a security system, your alarm warning sign will be your first line of defense.  Of all the homes in your neighborhood your home will not be that attactive to a burglar.  He will more likely move on to another home - unfortunately to one of the homes with no alarm yard sign!

Why Does A Burglar Look For Homes With No Security Signs?

Why you might ask? Because burglars look  for crimes of opportunity.  An easy home with no security system (signs/decals), perhaps a door or window left unlocked can be an extremely easy opportunity.  Burglars want to be in and out of a home within 5-10 minutes or less.  They know where to go once inside, what to look for, and they don’t want to spend anymore time than necessary.  In and out– that’s the game! They also don’t want to make a lot of noise that will attract attention and alert the police.  Setting off a security system will do just that.

You can make your home less appealing to a burglar by installing a good quality home security system.  By being proactive and protecting your home you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a home burglary victim!

Protect your home and family today!

Burglarized 4 Times In 13 Months?!?!

January 9, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Spike In Home Burglaries - Courtesy of KXAN.com

The South Bend Tribune did a front page article last week about a homeowner who had been burglarized 4 times in the last 13 months.  Each time she was burglarized she replaced her stolen valuables with “new” stuff.  And guess what happened - NO SECURITY SYSTEM!! The burglars got brand new stuff again!

What would YOU do if you were burglarized after the first time?  Now please tell me you’re smart enough and you care enough about your family to proactively protect them BEFORE a burglary happens!  However, if you have no alarm system or strategic protection set up in your home once you have that first burglary that’s your cue to install a home security system or at least beef up overall protection.

For a homeowner to be burglarized “4″ times and still have no security system - that is plain CRAZY!! There is a desperation among criminals at this particular time that is running rampant.  They are breaking into homes - whether homeowners are there or not - like it’s their job!!  They blatantly come in during the day when people are gone and at night while people are asleep.

The first thing you want to do is realize that no matter where you live crime is nearby - and potentially coming to your home.  The best protection would be to install a quality security system and ensure you have hardened the perimeter of your home making it extremely difficult for an intruder to get through.  One thing to remember - if these lazy bums have to work with any effort to get into your home, they will more than likely leave and go to a much easier home.  Remove the ease and target of opportunity and they will go elsewhere!!

If you leave your doors or windows unlocked, you are only inviting burglars and intruders into your home.  With home burglary crime part of our daily news, you are being irresponsible if you leave doors unlocked when away from home or asleep at night.  Make it a habit not to do that!

Here is a recent article on 7-steps you can take to protect your home and family from becoming a home crime victim:

7-Steps To Protect Your Home Against Burglary/Home Invasion Robbery Crimes

1. Install a good quality home security system with 24/7 alarm monitoring. This should be your #1 “To Do” in order to protect your home.  Set up your security protection to deter intruders.  Make them think twice before selecting your home by initially placing visible alarm yard signs in the front and back areas of your home and put alarm decals on windows.  Your alarm company will be alerted to any type of home intrusion, burglary or emergency and can immediately dispatch the local police.  There really is no excuse not to protect your home and family with a security system.  Remember the police can’t be everywhere and the security and safety of your home and family is your responsibility.  Be proactive and protect your home.  (Get your security system installed and start your peace of mind today - Call 866-755-6137 or CLICK HERE).

2. Harden the perimeter of your home.  Evaluate perimeter doors, windows, and locks.  Make sure to have solid core wood or metal doors for the main entry doors.  Reinforce frames around doors that are older or outdated. Consider upgrading deadbolts and locks to ensure they can provide solid protection in case of a forced intrusion.  If your door gets kicked in with the forced kick of a 250 lb intruder, you want to ensure your deadbolt lock will hold the door in place.  Check our security partners at www.theultimatelock.com to see how effective this locking system can be.  Windows and glass slider doors that are especially vulnerable can have a security window film applied on the inside glass to make it virtually  impenetrable to be broken through in an attack.  Check our security partners at www.shattergard.com.

3. Install an Early Alert Warning System for your home.  The Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is on your property and within a specific radius of your home.  Outdoor sensors transmit an alert warning to a voice enunciator inside your home to let you know what area of your property is being breached by potentially unwanted visitors.  Wouldn’t you like to know well ahead of time that someone is trying to enter your home so you have time to respond?  Go to www.thepersonalsecuritystore.com/voicealert.htm.

4. When you are at home, be sure to keep all doors and windows locked. If a stranger comes to your door, DO NOT open your door unless you know precisely who it is.  The majority of home invasion robberies happen right through the front door.  A homeowner automatically opens the front door without thinking and is confronted by a violent home intruder.  Make it a habit to ask who is at the front door before opening.  You can always communicate through a closed door. You are under no obligation to open your door to anyone - especially strangers.  Ask for identification if it is someone claiming to be from a utility or delivery service company.  Carry your phone and call to confirm their identity or call 911.  We hope to be to provide the Chain Reaction Home System in the near future.

5. Be sure to keep trees and shrubs trimmed around your home so you don’t give home intruders an easy place to hide.  Adding motion sensor lights around the home can also provide deterrent value.  The best place to install motion sensor lights would be in the front, back, and garage side of the house.  A suggestion would be to have the motion lights connected to a light or lamp inside the home.  That way if the outdoor motion light is activated it also turns a light on inside the house.  This gives the real impression to the burglar that someone may actually be at home.

6. When you pull into your driveway keep your car doors locked and observe if there are strangers around as you pull into the garage.  While still in your car, close the garage door and make sure it if fully closed as you exit your vehicle.  It is easy to become overwhelmed with groceries, packages, and work-related items to the point we aren’t paying close attention to what is going on in and around the garage area.

7. Keep some type of personal protection like pepper spray or mace near the front door - easily within reach in case of a forced intrusion. If you have small children, keep it out of reach and away from them.  Some homeowners resort to other non-lethal protection like a TASER or Stun Gun, other homeowners use lethal firearms for their family personal protection.  Be sure to follow local, city, and state laws regarding this protection and always make sure you know how to properly use the personal protection you select.  Keep in mind that the intruder may be armed so use your best judgment on how you will defend yourself. (www.thepersonalsecuritystore.com).

Be proactive and protect your home and family starting today!!

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Home Firearm Safety Training

September 22, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

We had a very good interview on LTHS Radio on Friday, 9-18-09 with Steven Mosely, co-founder of Combat Hard.com and Gutterfighting USA.  We discussed Home Firearm Safety Training and self-defense training.  You can listen to the interview with Steven by clicking the radio widget below.

If you are interested in checking into Steven’s Home Firearm Safety Training, go to his web link by CLICKING HERE.

Get a copy of Steven’s Combat Hard Self-Defense eBook by CLICKING HERE.

If you keep firearms in your home, be sure to make firearm safety your No. 1 priority.  Also, having a firearm in your home won’t necessarily keep the home invasion intruder out — especially if you are sound asleep or away from home.  Install the #1 entry alert system - a home security system.  Know well ahead of time that an intruder is in your home so you have time to quickly respond and react. 

Be proactive -start you home protection today!

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com