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Do It Yourself Home Security Tips

Home security is really becoming an important topic. With two million homes robbed yearly, the possibility that you or someone you know could be the next victim is frightening.  Many believe the internet provides solutions to these problems, and that is partly true. Google provides dozens of pages of resources on do-it-yourself home security. But have you ever stopped to think that while you’re looking up home security online, a burglar could be surfing the web for “10 ways to pick a lock?” Burglars use the resources on the internet, too, often times very effectively.

It only takes a burglar 8-12 minutes to get in and out of your home with your valuables. It also doesn’t take long to research some good tips and home security options that could save you a lot of money. Wouldn’t it be worth it to spend a little bit of time and money to protect your valuables and, most importantly, your family?

Here are a couple tips and ideas for do-it-yourself home security:

1) Install a Wireless Home Security System.  

There are many suppliers out there who have worked to create alarm systems that can be installed for any home. Wireless security systems are quickly becoming the most affordable and effective options on the market, as they save homeowners the hassle of a traditional wired system. You can decide which doors need a security sensor, and place an alarm in whatever location you want. Companies are offering an amazing selection of features, along with suggestions as to where each item should be placed.

No matter how old your home, or how confusing your wiring system, a wireless security system can effortlessly be put into place.

2) Use a Video Monitoring System

Video surveillance cameras can be installed in your home, providing you with a way to regularly check up on your house while absent. Good video systems will pan where they detect motion, and can synchronize with each other to provide maximum protection.

3) Self-Enforced Security

Not only is having a home security system important, but there are many other methods you can use to crime proof your home. Home security while travelling is especially important, but these tips apply whether you are near or far. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Before you go to bed at night, make sure all valuables are put away. Thieves tend to target objects such as jewelry, electronics, and important papers.

  • Keep medical drugs somewhere other than the medicine cupboard in the bathroom.  That’s the first place that will be checked, and a lot of money can be made off of the reselling of medication.

  • Always leave lights on in your house when you leave, and install outdoor flood lights.  Ever wondered why most crimes are committed in the dark?

  • Keep your windows closed and locked at night, and bared with metal pipes if they’re the kind that slide open and closed.  

  • Change your locks when you move into a new home. Vacant houses attract attention, and your new home has a very high possibility of having been examined for a planned break in.  

  • Make your home look occupied. Whether this means parking dad’s car in the driveway while you’re away or keeping a light on in a room near the door, thieves steer away from houses that look occupied.

  • Keep a guard dog. If you’re allergic to hair, or just don’t have the time to care for a dog, invest in a barking monitor. Thieves will take to the fence when they hear the savage barking of pit bulls and doberman pinschers coming from your living room!  

So be sure to take advantage of the resources being offered you!  Do-it-yourself is an investment that pays for itself each and every day it keeps you and your family safe.

4) Have a Home Security Specialist Install Your Equipment

Home security systems can be tricky, especially for someone with little or no experience. At Home Security Northwest, we will perform installations for any equipment you may have purchased in the past or with us. If you’re having trouble setting up your equipment, be sure to contact us today and we can help you with all your security needs.

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