An alarm sys­tem pro­vides a fun­da­men­tal lay­er of secu­ri­ty for your home. But it’s not the only step you can take to pre­vent your home from being tar­get­ed by bur­glars. Here are 6 secu­ri­ty tips to keep your fam­i­ly safe. 

Small actions, such as keep­ing an exte­ri­or light on, can go a long way to deter bad guys so that your home nev­er becomes a tar­get in the first place.

This post exam­ines sev­er­al sim­ple yet essen­tial ways to keep your home secure and tips on choos­ing the right alarm sys­tem.

Tips for Keeping your Family Safe

Here are 6 security tips

1) Use a video alarm verification system

This is the foun­da­tion for all the oth­er home secu­ri­ty tips list­ed below. Bur­glars could enter your home at any hour with­out an alarm sys­tem, and you may nev­er know it until it’s too late. But what kind of sys­tem should you use?

The ALARM‑i video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem uses cam­eras to ver­i­fy what’s hap­pen­ing at your home when an alarm is trig­gered. This ver­i­fi­ca­tion is crit­i­cal because it pro­vides instant evi­dence to our mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion dis­patch­ers. When con­firmed visu­al­ly, the police can be dis­patched with a pri­or­i­ty response – up to 85% faster than a non-ver­i­fied response.

2) Close and lock all doors and windows

You’d be sur­prised how often bur­glar­ies and home intru­sions occur because doors and win­dows are left open. Close your home­’s entry points and win­dows, espe­cial­ly at night or while away. Addi­tion­al­ly, all exte­ri­or doors should have dead­bolts to with­stand forced entry.

3) Keep your home well lit

Bur­glars are look­ing for dark, vacant homes with the hope that nobody is inside. So by sim­ply mak­ing your home look occu­pied, you can help to deter the bad guys. Con­sid­er keep­ing on at least 1–2 exte­ri­or lights, such as the front and rear doors, or use motion sen­sors to trig­ger the lights when move­ment is detect­ed. Inte­ri­or light­ing can also be used at night to make peo­ple look inside and awake. If you’re going away, con­sid­er using timers or home-automa­tion sys­tems to turn on the lights while you’re gone.

4) Add security film to windows

Win­dow secu­ri­ty film can make the glass much hard­er to break. So if you’re away and an intrud­er tries to force their way through a win­dow or glass patio door, you’ll have added pro­tec­tion to pre­vent them from get­ting in.

5) Increase the visibility of your home

Don’t hide your house in a dense for­est of trees and shrubs. This is a win for bur­glars because it allows them to enter your prop­er­ty unde­tect­ed by you and your neigh­bours. Trim land­scap­ing and remove obstruc­tions to increase your home­’s vis­i­bil­i­ty and help you see your prop­er­ty from the inside.

6) Don’t leave a clear view of your valuables

While your yard should be vis­i­ble, your inte­ri­or should not. Close blinds and shades at night and when you’re away so that bur­glars can’t see your valu­able items. Sim­i­lar­ly, be care­ful what you reveal when you put out your trash each week. If you’ve pur­chased a new TV, break down the box so your house does­n’t become an instant tar­get.

Find out more about ALARM‑i.

Learn more about pro­tect­ing your home with an ALARM‑i res­i­den­tial video alarm ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem and oth­er home secu­ri­ty solu­tions. For more infor­ma­tion, call 1–844-416‑7587 or con­tact us online.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.