HOME, SAFE & SOUND

SE­CU­RITY IS ONE AS­PECT OF OUR HOMES THAT WE SHOULD NEVER OVER­LOOK OR NE­GLECT. IN­STEAD, HOME SE­CU­RITY IS SOME­THING THAT WE NEED TO CON­STANTLY EVAL­U­ATE AND IM­PROVE UPON.

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Here are some com­mon mis­takes that home­own­ers make when it comes to home se­cu­rity, as well as some tips to make sure your home is se­cure and your fam­ily safe.

HID­ING A SPARE KEY OUT­SIDE

This should go with­out say­ing, but you should never leave a spare key out­side your home. Ex­pe­ri­enced bur­glars will know all the com­mon hid­ing places, so just avoid it al­to­gether.

If you ab­so­lutely need a backup plan to en­ter your home, con­sider giv­ing a spare key to a trusted neigh­bour or pur­chas­ing smart door locks, which will al­low you to re­motely open your door even if you can’t find your keys.

LEAV­ING DOORS AND WIN­DOWS UN­LOCKED

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are many in­stances where you may for­get to close and lock your doors or win­dows. For ex­am­ple, on a hot sum­mer day, you may de­cide to leave a few win­dows cracked while you’re out of the house. Or if you’re in a hurry, you might leave the house with­out lock­ing the dead­bolt.

Leav­ing your doors and win­dows un­locked is an open in­vi­ta­tion to bur­glars, so al­ways dou­ble-check them be­fore leav­ing the house. If you de­cide to get smart locks, you can also use your smart­phone to make sure your doors are locked while you’re away.

NOT SE­CUR­ING YOUR GARAGE DOOR

In ad­di­tion to doors and win­dows, your garage is one of the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas of your home.

Most garage doors are elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled by uni­ver­sal re­motes, and a bur­glar can eas­ily open these types of garage doors with their own mod­i­fied re­mote. Bur­glars will also look for garage-door open­ers in cars, smash the win­dows and use the re­mote to gain ac­cess. On top of that, many garage doors also have an emer­gency re­lease lever, which can be un­locked in just a few sec­onds by a savvy thief.

To pro­tect your prop­erty, never leave your garage door opener in plain sight, and al­ways se­cure your garage with a heavy-duty pad­lock or an au­to­mated garage door lock, which will au­to­mat­i­cally lock your garage as soon as it closes.

HAV­ING POOR OUT­DOOR LIGHT­ING

A bur­glar wants to get in and out of your house as quickly and covertly as pos­si­ble. Be­cause of this, a home with a dark front or back yard will be their pre­ferred tar­get. Make sure there are no blind spots on the out­side of your home. Get a light for your front porch that stays on all night, and place mo­tion­ac­ti­vated flood­lights around your prop­erty.

Ring re­cently launched the new Flood­light Cam, the world’s first and only HD se­cu­rity cam­era with built-in flood­lights, a siren alarm and two-way au­dio. Flood­light Cam streams 1080 HD video and comes with two 3K lu­mens LED flood­lights, plus it starts record­ing and turns on the lights as soon as it de­tects mo­tion.

PRO­VID­ING HID­ING SPOTS FOR BUR­GLARS

Thick shrub­bery and tall plants are great ways to pro­vide some ex­tra pri­vacy for you and your home. Un­for­tu­nately, they also pro­vide great hid­ing spots for bur­glars lurk­ing in your yard. If your en­tire front yard is vis­i­ble from the street, a bur­glar will most likely think twice be­fore try­ing to break in. If it’s pos­si­ble, be sure to keep the plants in your yard trimmed, and use ac­cent lights and flood­lights to ex­pose dark ar­eas.

KEEP­ING A LAD­DER IN YOUR YARD

If you live in a home with mul­ti­ple sto­ries, make sure the win­dows on the up­per floors are al­ways locked, and store your lad­der in a locked garage or tool shed. Leav­ing a lad­der in your yard makes it easy for bur­glars to ac­cess your up­per floors. And if it’s dur­ing the day, most neigh­bours would sim­ply think that a con­trac­tor is work­ing on your home and never con­sider it sus­pi­cious.

MAK­ING IT OB­VI­OUS THAT YOU’RE NOT HOME

One of the most ef­fec­tive ways to pre­vent a bur­glary is by mak­ing it seem like you’re at home – even when you’re away. For ex­am­ple, with Ring Video Door­bell, you can an­swer the door from any­where, and see, hear and speak to any­one at your door from your smart­phone. By an­swer­ing the door in real time, you can give the il­lu­sion that you’re at home, no mat­ter where you are.

POST­ING YOUR PLANS ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA

You should never be too trust­wor­thy of your“friends”on so­cial me­dia.There are count­less hor­ror sto­ries of peo­ple an­nounc­ing their plans on­line and get­ting robbed by peo­ple in their so­cial net­works, so you should al­ways err on the side of cau­tion. Wait un­til you re­turn from your trip or event be­fore talk­ing about it on so­cial me­dia, and if you ab­so­lutely need to share your plans, do it with a pri­vate group of peo­ple you can trust.

HAV­ING NO SE­CU­RITY VIS­I­BLE OUT­SIDE

Savvy bur­glars will know of all the lat­est se­cu­rity de­vices, and they’ll avoid homes if they know that they have ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity so­lu­tions in place. Some­times, even just a se­cu­rity sign can de­ter a bur­glar from break­ing in, so get your de­vices set up, and make sure bur­glars know that your home is pro­tected.

Some home­own­ers will try to save money by mount­ing fake se­cu­rity cam­eras around the house, but ex­pe­ri­enced bur­glars will know all about the fake and in­ef­fec­tive de­vices you can buy. Home se­cu­rity is some­thing you should never short-change, but there are ways to save money on ef­fec­tive home se­cu­rity so­lu­tions.

In­stead of a tra­di­tional alarm sys­tem, which can be quite ex­pen­sive, you can cre­ate your own DIY se­cu­rity sys­tem that’s easy to in­stall and main­tain on your own. For ex­am­ple, with a Home Se­cu­rity Kit from Ring, you can get a Video Door­bell for your door and Stick Up Cams for around the house, and you can mon­i­tor your en­tire prop­erty from one sim­ple dash­board in the free Ring app.

RE­LY­ING ONLY ON TRA­DI­TIONAL SE­CU­RITY SYS­TEMS

Un­for­tu­nately, most tra­di­tional se­cu­rity sys­tems are re­ac­tive so­lu­tions that don’t re­ally pre­vent crime. In other words, most tra­di­tional alarms will let you know when a bur­glary has oc­curred, but there is lit­tle that you can do to ac­tu­ally stop the crime from tak­ing place.With smart,Wi-Fi­con­nected se­cu­rity de­vices, you’ll al­ways have home se­cu­rity at your fin­ger­tips, and you can re­spond to and pre­vent sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity as it hap­pens.

By im­ple­ment­ing the tips above and equip­ping your home with the lat­est home se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy, you can rest eas­ier and get peace of mind for you and your fam­ily.

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