Protecting your money and assets is crucial in a troubled economy, and your home is no exception. As more and more Americans find themselves waiting in line at the unemployment office, fear turns into desperation. The rate of home invasion increases in a declining economy, and a comprehensive home security system becomes more important than ever before.
In addition to an alarm system, you should also implement basic residential security practices to prevent burglary. The following checklist consists of simple steps to optimize your home’s safety, as well as the safety of you and your loved ones.
10 Easy and Inexpensive Home Security Best Practices
- Install outdoor lighting around entrances, in the yard, and by the mailbox. Consider motion detector lights, as they are triggered by the intruder’s movements.
- Tidy up your landscape by trimming bushes and hedges, as well as mowing the lawn on a regular basis. This eliminates potential hiding spots.
- Update your locks and install deadbolts on main entrances.
- Similar to your locks, replace any hollow-core doors with solid wood or steel doors. These are much more difficult to break down.
- Never leave the garage door opener in your car–an intruder can easily break in, open the garage and literally walk into the house.
- For maximum residential security, one of the best things you can do is change your routine. Burglars don’t typically strike without knowing your daily schedule. Therefore, switch it up: come home for lunch every so often, set your stereo on a timer, have a friend stop by in the evening from time to time, etc. To stop a burglar from planning a break-in, confusion is key.
- If you’re planning on taking a trip, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers.
- Get a watchdog. Dogs aren’t called a man’s best friend for no reason–they are loyal to their masters and fiercely guard their territory.
- Join your neighborhood watch for improved home security. If you don’t have a watch program, consider starting one.
- Ensure your doors and windows are locked every night before going to bed. While this seems like a no-brainer, it’s often overlooked.
CPI – The Best in Home Security
You may not know when someone is plotting to invade your home, but you can prevent it from taking place. Since 1976, CPI has providedhome security to residents in Greenville, South Carolina; and Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Complete with 24-hour security alarm monitoring, CPI notifies police and paramedics as soon as your security system is triggered. CPI takes safety seriously – you can’t afford anything less than the best when it comes to home security.
CPI’s Real Time Response System, or R2 system, allows you to connect with a qualified professional during an emergency without using a phone. What’s more, the inTouch Cell Backup and Web Control System offers continual service even when your phone and/or power is out, so you can remain connected at all times. For more information, contact CPI Security today.
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