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Use a Burglar’s Mindset to Improve Your Home Security

Let’s imagine there are five houses in a cul-de-sac. Two are protected by security systems and three are not. Which ones do you think are the easiest targets for the burglar? If you said the houses without the security systems, you would be correct.

Actually, the first preference most burglars have is that the house be unoccupied, with the aim of avoiding confrontation. Next, they look around the perimeter of the house to see if there are any signs or stickers that indicate a home alarm is installed. Here’s the first tip. Upon installation of a security system, make sure the company’s stickers and signs are placed strategically around your house. These logos are a particularly effective way of preventing burglaries.

If you do not yet have an alarm system installed, there are some protective measures that you can take in the meantime to keep your house protected. Always have the security latches on the windows flipped into the locked position. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association reports that each year approximately 23 percent of break-ins occur through a first-floor window. Take the time to make a quick trip around the house to check all your windows.

It is also important to lock all the doors of the house – the backdoor, side door, basement entrance, etc. This may seem like an obvious home security tip, but many times people only remember to lock the door through which they left. Also, in case you do not have deadbolts installed on all doors, it’s a good idea to get them installed as soon as possible. Deadbolts are absolutely necessary, given that most common locks can be picked by burglars with ease. Lastly, if your home has sliding glass doors, invest in a metal safety bar that prevents the doors from being forced open. The standard locks on these doors are often faulty and easy to force open.

Even though houses with home alarm systems are up to four times less likely to experience a break-in, the occasional dumb burglar will still give it a shot. Alarm systems offer about a 60 percent rate of stopping the burglar, according to the NBFAA. While this number may not seem extremely high, it is 60 percent higher than those homes without alarm systems installed.

Additionally, given that heated competition between security companies has resulted in pricing battles, getting an alarm system installed is more affordable than ever before. You even have the option of leasing a system if you choose not to buy. It’s possible to have your installation fees waived. Occasionally, it’s also possible to pay a start-up fee in exchange for lower monthly rates. However, no matter how you work out your home security system deal, you should be able to find a reliable service for under $50 per month. Not to mention that you can save a lot of money on your home insurance. Many insurance providers offer significant discounts for homes with security systems, given the lower rate of break-ins. Undoubtedly, though, the best value for your money comes in the form of peace of mind.

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