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Security systems are a lot more complex now than a simple lock and key guarding your home. There are many state of the art pieces of equipment and measures that you can take to avoid your home being vandalized, burgled or worse. In the end, modern age is all we have to thank for them. However, it can get a little difficult to wade through all the not-so-great options and scams which are out there. Find the systems which will actually work for you, due to the sheer wealth of resources available. Through reading this article, you will become more knowledgeable on how to improve your home security and how it can be improved, and know which bits of kit you will need in order to create a safer, more secure home environment.
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Well… not literally, but keeping your valuables out of sight keeps them out of mind for any prospective criminals roaming the streets for their next target. This advice may not be high-tech and it may cost nothing at all – nobody’s telling you to go and invest in a huge safe – but it can be the difference between a safe home and a broken-into home, so just make sure that all your valuables are stored in a safe place which can’t be easily seen from the outside of your house.
Large, flat-screen TV? Make closing the curtains part of your daily routine alongside locking up. Fancy car? In the garage, which should then be locked and any windows covered. By simply not making yourself and your house an obvious target, you can often avoid having to go any further with your home security system.
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Many people believe in the old ‘leave your porch light on when you’re away so burglars will think you’re at home’ trick, but this can often prove to have the exact opposite effect, and lead to your home being burgled when you’re not even there to protect it, because it’s obvious to anyone who lives in or near the area and passes your house a lot that there’s simply nobody home.
Motion-sensor lighting only turns on when someone walks within range, giving the impression that someone’s home without making it obvious that you actually aren’t and causing you to save some money on your energy bill, so it’s really a win-win situation and a common installation in the modern home.
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You may have never even thought about this, but non-reinforced air conditioning units are a common way for criminals to enter otherwise locked-tight houses. They can be fairly easily pushed inside the house, meaning that they leave behind a huge hole for the criminal to just crawl inside. However, you can do something about this! Install a sliding window lock, a bracket or even corner braces in order to secure your air conditioning unit into place, meaning that no one’s getting in through this common but scarily unknown weak spot. Generally, keeping valuables away from the room that the air conditioning unit is nearest to and keeping those doors locked can also help, since, if a thief does manage to make it inside, he won’t be stealing anything and also won’t be going anywhere.
Have you ever even considered that an unsecured wi-fi could be a burglar’s key into your home? Obviously, many people haven’t. Even in the modern age, many people fail to make the connections between the internet, a seemingly non-concrete thing, and your home’s safety.
In the extremes, when a homeowner uses lots of home automation, it can lead to a break-in if a burglar is able to get onto the wi-fi. In lesser cases, private information such as credit card details and any personal information can be stolen without you realizing a thing. To keep hackers away, make sure that your wireless router has a password. That it’s either created by your network provider (a long string of seemingly random letters and numbers) or very secure if you’re creating it yourself.
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Rename your home network in order to make it less obvious which house it belongs to. Always use your firewall, either the one pre-installed on your computer or a new one that you’ve invested in. The internet could be the way that a criminal decides to try and invade your home, as unlikely as that sentence may have seemed before you read this article!
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