Steer clear of these security mistakes and start your 2018 off on the right foot! As we get closer to year-end festivities and 2017 comes to an end, it͛s important not to forget about your home security.
Keeping your home secure and your family safe, during the festive season is something we can all agree on. However, not everyone remembers to take the necessary precaution to make sure their property and family are safe. Here is a list of 4 common security mistakes you should avoid:
1) Security mistake 1: Forgetting to arm your alarm
This mistake is more common than you’d believe. Despite having security systems, people often leave their homes without setting their alarms.
The sad thing is, if you forget to set your alarm and there’s a break in, your insurance company may not cover your losses. It also means your alarm can’t notify your security company or the authorities in the event of a burglary. This allows criminals to get in and out of your home without anyone noticing.
2) Security mistake 2: Leaving a spare key outside
Making sure you have a spare key left outside your home may sound like a good idea, but it really isn’t. In fact, it is one of the most common security mistakes made.
It’s easy to understand why people want to have an easy to access spare key. However, it also makes them incredibly vulnerable.
Can you imagine your own emergency plan becoming the reason someone violates your personal space and home? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it?
Not to worry, we have a solution – instead of leaving a key outside where anyone could find it. We recommend leaving a spare key with a friend or neighbour you trust.
3) Security mistake 3: Not servicing your security system
In our blog titled ͚‘An Outdated Home Security System Could Cost You’, we discuss why your alarm system needs servicing.
Simply put, servicing your alarm system doesn’t just make sure you͛re getting value for money. It also ensures your alarm works effectively.
4) Security mistake 4: Not securing outbuildings
Whether you think it’s important or not, securing your outbuildings is a must. People often don’t lock their tool sheds and garages. This gives criminals the opportunity to not only steal but use your own tools to get into your home.
As a result, simple things like your ladder, screwdrivers or hammers can help criminals gain access to your home.
We understand that the last thing you want to be thinking about during the festive season is your home security. But, we hope that this list helps you and your family stay safe.
If you would like more advice on how to keep your home secure, give us a call. We are also available to do obligation-free security assessments for both homes and businesses.