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5 Most Common Home Security Mistakes That Put You at Risk

Written on the 14 January 2021 by Kerri Vandenberg

5 Most Common Home Security Mistakes That Put You at Risk If you aren't properly securing your home, you could be increasing the chance of a break-in or burglary.

To help you avoid that, we have compiled a list of some of the most common home security mistakes that put you, your home and your loved ones at risk.

1. Exposing Valuables to Outsiders

Leaving expensive items in plain view attracts criminals. These items include:

  • Cars
  • Computers and tablets
  • Jewellery
  • Keys
  • TVs
  • Stereo equipment
Keep valuables out of sight when you're not using them. Always close your garage doors, fold boxes from expensive purchases inside out before putting them out to your recycling and close drapes to shield belongings from prying eyes.

2. Forgetting Security System Credentials

Forgetting your login details to your security systems is another common mistake.

Forgetting credentials not only obstructs professional system maintenance but also prevents you from using remote capabilities and other important safety features.

To avoid this misstep, consider using a password manager - but only choose one from a well-vetted, secure provider.

3. Leaving Home Without Arming the Security System

It may seem obvious, but you may be surprised at how many of us forget to secure our homes when we leave or turn in for the night.

Nearly half of the burglaries committed are by unlawful or unforced entry. Break-ins like these can be thwarted with a properly functioning security systembut only if it's armed.

Make it a habit to turn on your system as soon as you enter your home and right before exiting. If you find yourself forgetting, create reminders such as a note on the door or a special keychain to prompt you.

There are also solutions that will automatically arm or disarm your system when you are in range.  With this technology, called geofencing, certain smart home rules and notifications, like the security system and lighting, can be enacted based on your proximity to your home.

4. Neglecting Security System Maintenance

While self-testing is a good practice, you should always have your security equipment checked annually by a professional. Security Technicians can provide a more specific diagnosis of your system, and professional maintenance prevents homeowners from accidentally damaging their system.

Although performing system maintenance, like checking the battery on your system, may seem simple, it's better to leave it to the professionals as you don't want to accidentally damage a sensor. 

5. Not Investing in a Complete Home Security System

Although some security is better than no security, your system is more effective when it's an end to end solution. This means implementing alarms, cameras and other smart home features that work together in harmony for the most beneficial setup.

As it pertains specifically to security needs, cameras are a must-have. Even if you're aware of your neighbourhood and can make a strong hypothesis about any crime taking place, it's often not enough to press charges against criminals. You need proof, and that is where a professionally installed CCTV system will come into its own.

 

SGV Electrical & Security can assist you in making the right decisions for your Home Security Requirements.

Phone 1300 944022


Author: Kerri Vandenberg

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