Protecting Your Office or Home
Choosing the right security system is a one of the vital steps in home or office safety.
Too many consumers make a hasty decision based on door-to-door salesperson, or an advertisement that shows up in the mailbox. This can result in a system that is too expensive, has a long lease, isn’t part of a complete home or office security solution, and isn’t sufficient for your home or office.
It is easy to get trapped into an over-priced monitoring service lease, but knowing all of your alarm options provides you the chance to maximize your savings and get the correct level of protection for your home or office.
We address the tough questions:
- What is different between a system monitoring or self-monitoring?
- How much will the system cost?
- How do I choose the right system?
Home Security Tips
Don’t make it easy for prospective criminals. You can lower your risk by following some straight forward home security steps.
- Always change the locks when moving to a new home or apartment. In the case of apartments, you will need to consult with your landlords.
- Keep your front door locked at all times
- If you choose to have your front door open for air circulation, make sure your screen door is locked.
- Criminals may knock on the door to see if the home is empty. Never ignore the knock.
- Keep garage doors locked at all times. This is very important for attached garages that allow direct access to your house.
- Use a peephole instead of a chain lock. Chain locks can easily be overpowered.
- If you must leave a window open, make sure the window is inaccessible, or locked to prevent someone from entering through it.
- Keep ladders secure. This will keep ladders away from burglars who may use them to enter via the second story.
- All second story windows should be closed when you are not home. This will prevent easy access via ladders or fences.
- Hedges should be trimmed to prevent cover for criminals.
- Keep your property well lit to deter criminals
- Keep sentimental items in a well-hidden place.
- Keep your car locked at all times, even in the garage.
- Keep your bike locked at all times, even in the garage.
- Discretely dispose of TV, stereos or computer equipment boxes. Fold the cardboard box inside out before placing in the garbage or recycling bin.
- Don’t allow strangers into your home, often homes will be “cased”
- Know your neighbors, this can serve as a neighborhood watch.