Homeowners need to know the meaning of home security. This goes beyond the alarm systems and security cameras involved in the process of securing a location, but it also covers the purely human aspect of that system. Since humans are usually the weakest link in a security system you should familiarize yourself with the rules of purchasing a system that fits your needs. The following tips will give you the basics of what you need to know:
- Make sure you install fire-resistant roofing, flooring and ceilings. Fire prevention is something that would literally save your home until you notice the problem in case a smoke detector warns you of a fire.
- Something else you might want to keep in mind is to avoid sharing the fact that you’re going off on a vacation. Although you may be very excited you should know the people you’re sharing with might not be all that trustworthy. There have been cases when this type of information has been used by social engineers to scope homes while their owners were on vacation. Sharing makes you vulnerable and you don’t want to make your home vulnerable as well.
- Avoid storing spare keys in secret locations around your yard. Anyone with a keen enough investigative mind may figure out the hiding spot in time either through deduction or observation. If you must have a spare key, then leave it with someone you absolutely know you can trust.
- Remember to do regular inspections and tests of your home security system. You should have annual tests done by the company that installed it or you can do some yourself.
- Avoid inviting strangers in your home unless you absolutely have to. Salesmen, random people off the street or other people who may or may not be who they claim to be can be skilled social engineers who are actually scoping your place. The perfect excuse to take a good look around the inside of a home is to pretend to be someone you are not. It is best to be safe than conned.
- Install new locks and change the codes of your system if you have someone leaving your home. We’re talking about less-than stellar endings of a relationship or a vengeful roommate and similar cases. This will give you an added layer of security that would be otherwise void if these people have access to your home.
- Install motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home to deter people sneaking around your yard. This is a cheap and very useful tool against burglars if you happen to be awake when they try to approach. Naturally they will also be set off by small animals, so there is a downside as well.
- Never forget to star the security system and install CCTV cameras if you feel you need to. Sometimes even a faux camera will deter a burglar as the last thing they would want is to be caught on camera with possible evidence on hand.
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