A Home Alarm System Can Help Prevent Summer Break-Ins

Some reports show that burglaries increase during the summer due
to the number of people away from home on vacation. There are some
things you can do to protect yourself from being the victim of a
break-in. The first step you should take is to do a safety walk-though
of your home inside and out. Look at your home as though you were a
potential burglar trying to get in. See if you can find any security
breaches.

Check the outside of the home by walking around it
during both daylight and darkness. You should make a note of anything
that catches your attention. Some websites may have a checklist that can
be helpful when verifying security around the home. The area around the
home should be well lit. Make sure that you have landscape lighting
around your home. Even this little bit of light can deter a criminal. If
you don’t have motion sensor lights on your porch and garage install
them. These are another great way to deter crime. Since many break-ins
happen after dark it’s important to keep the outside of your home
properly lit.

One of the reasons that summer break-ins increase is
that people go away on vacation. When you go on vacation be sure to
eliminate any of the telltale signs that you aren’t at home. Either have
someone pick up your newspaper and mail each day or hold delivery while
you’re gone. Mounting newspapers in the driveway are an invitation for
disaster. Mow your lawn before you go and if you’ll be gone longer than a
week make sure to have someone else mow it.

Of course the best way to prevent break-ins to your
home is by installing a good home security system. Home alarm systems
are ideal for stopping thieves before they start. Today’s home security
systems are highly technical. You can find systems in almost any price
range and with features that you need. The basic home alarm system is
still a good idea. It features a keypad that is alarmed to the entry
doors and windows.

Police report that one of the biggest problems
with catching burglars is that they are gone before the police are
called. There is usually little if any way to trace the criminal and so
he often strikes again and again. A home alarm system can help the
police catch the burglars in the act. Systems that feature 24 hour
monitoring are the best. The monitoring center will immediately call the
police if a break-in is detected. The police can respond quickly and
may even be able to arrive before the burglar leaves.

Just having
an alarm system will deter most would-be burglars. They would much
rather take their chances somewhere else than try to break in on a home
with a security system. Be sure to post the signs or stickers that show
others that you have an alarm system. This alone is often enough to keep
burglars at bay. An alarm system will give you and your family peace of
mind and keep you safe all year long.