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Did you know that burglaries are most common in the summer months? The bottom line is that burglars want to avoid running into people. So targeting homes when residents are away is a common tactic. With summer vacations around the corner, you may consider enhancing your home’s security. One of the simplest and most effective approaches for preventing burglary is giving the impression that you’re home when you’re not. Combining simple, time-tested strategies with a high-quality residential security system can go a long way to protecting your home and valuables.
Should I Leave the Lights on When I Leave My House?
You’ve probably heard this tip for years– with good reason. Research suggests that having lights on inside your home can deter potential burglars. However, leaving your lights on all day doesn’t make sense from an energy-use standpoint. And if your lights remain on 24/7, a burglar casing your house might begin to suspect you’re not home. Integrating your security system with other smart home functions, including timed lighting and automatic blinds, is the way to go. Setting your lighting for various times can give the impression someone is home. Outdoor motion-activated lights can also scare potential burglars away by spotlighting their presence.
Should I Display a Security System Sign at My Home?
Experts say displaying that home security sign or sticker can be a factor in encouraging a burglar to skip your home. However, burglars develop a good sense of when signs are decoys. Backing up your sign with the real deal means a burglar who tries to test their luck will quickly learn you’re not bluffing. A home security system, including cameras and real-time monitoring, can also help police apprehend and prosecute burglars if a break-in occurs.
Should I Leave a Radio or Television on When I’m Gone?
Sometimes the simple things work. Leaving a television or radio on can lead a potential burglar to think you’re home when you’re not. However, as with lighting decisions, having the same sound source running around the clock can tip off burglars that residents are away. An integrated smart home system can turn your television on and off on command or with timed settings. Timing and varying the sounds in your home can give the impression the house is occupied and cause a potential burglar to walk away.
Should I Leave My Car in the Driveway When I’m Away?
Burglars admit that a car in the driveway creates the sense that residents are home. It’s one more simple step to deter potential home invaders.
Does Improved Exterior Visibility Help Protect My Home?
Getting rid of potential hiding places can help you protect your home. You can achieve this with thoughtful landscaping that eliminates blind spots, improved exterior lighting and motion sensors. Visible security cameras are also a deterrent. Building trusting relationships with neighbors is another essential old-school way to improve home security. Having a neighbor keep an eye on your home when you’re away and doing the same for them can help keep your block and community safe. Well-placed lighting and landscaping can help your neighbors help you.
Do I Need A Home Security System?
While simple solutions can help, a high-quality home security system is the most critical step you can take to prevent break-ins. According to a 2014 study by the Electronic Security Association, 83 percent of home invasion offenders check for an alarm when deciding whether to target a home. Cameras, video surveillance equipment, alarm systems and access control equipment (including key code lock systems) can help deter criminals. With innovative home security systems, you can monitor and control your system with an app when you’re out of town. However, with today’s rapidly developing home security technology, it can be challenging to decide what you need. A professionally installed system designed to meet your family’s unique needs is the best approach. With three decades of experience, Aegis Technologies combines our deep roots in home security with the latest smart home technology. As a top-notch technology service provider specializing in audio/visual, control automation and home security, we offer high-tech home security that remains user-friendly while going beyond the basics. Our team can help make home automation and time-tested security practices work together for your comfort and safety.