Your home is your sanctuary. If you are traveling this holiday season, or have loved ones spending time at your place, it will be a relief to get back into the swing of things. If security has been on your to-do list, it's a great time to make a New Year’s resolution you can keep - secure your home with American Defense Systems!
Don’t know where to start? You've come to the right place! We also have a few tips and tricks that you can use to start feeling safer in your home.
The average thief or burglar is always looking for an easy target that doesn’t require a lot of work or risk. Thieves want to get in, get the loot, and get out FAST. As a homeowner, it’s your job to make sure that your home doesn’t look like an easy target.
PROTIP: With every home security system we install, our customers receive a Brinks Home Security yard sign which lets criminals know FROM THE ROAD that your home is protected by the best! Customers also receive window stickers to put in each window of the home, which brings us to our next recommendation.
Most homeowners would never leave a door unlocked, but many windows are often left unlocked; sometimes they are even left wide open. Thieves make use of this situation to let themselves into first floor windows on the back of the house and sometimes upper floor windows as well if there is a convenient tree or trellis to climb. Check that all of your windows close and lock properly. Encourage your family to keep their windows locked whenever possible, especially during the work/school day.
Because the front door of the home is usually in full view of the street, thieves often target other entrances. This means that all entrances to the home require a high level of security including:
Solid or metal door
Deadbolt (bolt extension of at least one inch)
Heavy-duty, oversized strike plate including 3-inch screws
Three-inch screws in door hinges to bite farther into door frame
Don’t forget to take these actions on the door between the garage and the house. Also, if you have a sliding patio door, reinforce its security with a broomstick in the track or a store-bought device for sliding patio doors. You’ll be able to monitor your home’s security from anywhere if you install one of the internet compatible home security systems. Not only will you be notified of a break-in, the system will also email you when the kids get home from school each day.
The lighting patterns of your home tell a story about you, whether you like it or not. For example, when you drive past a completely dark home on a winter evening, you know that no one is home, right? Well, thieves know this, too. They watch homes both in the day and at night to see if there are any changes in the lighting patterns. If there are no people around and the outside lights are on day and night, they know the homeowner is away and it’s safe to break in. This is why proper lighting acts as a deterrent to thieves.
HOME SECURITY & MONITORING WITH PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION
With advances in technology, video surveillance systems and smart home security systems have never been more affordable. Some systems require no money down, and include things like automated thermostats, remote door locks and even video cameras.
Home security is a big concern for many families, especially new homeowners; American Defense Systems will work with you to create a custom security, surveillance or automation solution for any home. Call us today to find out more about FREE installation, and FREE equipment.
Call us at 877-287-3077