Home Security Systems – How to Prevent a Break In
2020 was an intense year and 2021 has only gotten worse with crime and looting on the rise, especially in Las Vegas. However, there is still hope for safety in communities because many individuals have taken it upon themselves to protect their neighborhoods by buying home security systems in Las Vegas.
2021 has been a difficult year so far but that’s not stopping people from doing whatever they can do keep each other safe! Here is a list of steps you can take to help do your part to not only keep your home safe but your neighborhood as well.
General Home Security Tips
- When you’re not home, make it like someone is. Leave a TV or radio on and have random lights in your house synced to a timer so that people will think the house is still occupied by their presence.
- It’s important to make sure all the doors and windows are locked before going to bed in order to keep intruders out.
- Upgrade your security by securing both your windows and doors with premium security screens.
- Get to know your neighbors. This is great advice for everyone. Statistically speaking, most break ins are committed by people you know and who are familiar with your schedule, so what a better way to add extra surveillance to your property by befriending your neighbors who will almost subconsciously watch over your home.
- Make sure to plan with friends, neighbors, or the post office to not allow your mail and packages to build up at your door. The post office can put a hold on all incoming mail while neighbors and friends can collect any that make it to your door or mailbox while you are out of town.
- Always be sure your garage door is closed and locked before you leave or go to bed.
- When out of town, arrange to have your lawn tended to
- Inspect all locks on both doors and windows, replacing old one with stronger, more secured devices.
- Replace doorknobs with push button locks if they are on doors leading outside. These types of locks are easy for would be burglars to pick. Replacing these locks with deadbolts is an easy way to improve your home security system.
- Sliding glass doors should be secured with specially formatted locks or poles that are placed in the door’s track. The best investment to make in your home security systems is to secure your sliding glass doors with sliding security screen doors.
- Check local hardware stores and locksmiths for alternative locks for windows
- Don’t post your vacation plans on social media. This is essentially announcing to the world when you will, be out of town.
- Criminals usually know where to look for “hidden keys.” This is why it is best to refrain from hiding spare keys in “secret” spots or fake rocks. Instead place your key in a lockbox you can attach to the door handle or fence
- Cover garage windows with curtains or shutters to minimize outside viewers
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuables. Your belongings are worth the time it takes to photograph them, write descriptions and serial numbers down on individual index cards for each item in case something ever happens like theft or natural disaster. There’s nothing worse than losing everything you own because someone stole from you- don’t take that risk!
- Contact your insurance provider if you need assistance in making and keeping your inventory check list
- It’s easy to be a good neighbor. All you must do is keep an eye on your surroundings, and when anything looks out of place or suspicious in the least bit–call your local authorities right away!
- Install a Home Security System to keep watch over your home
Securing the Exterior of your Property
- Store all bikes, barbecue grills and lawn equipment out of sight as to not tempt a potential burglar.
- Make sure your garage side door and/ or shed(s) are always secured and locked when unattended.
- Verify all doors leading outside have their hinges on the inside of the door
- Upgrading outdoor lighting is always a positive. Adding motion sensor lights to illuminate dark spots on the areas around your home. These are easy to install and are very effective
- Trim all shrubs and trees around your home to eliminate the possibility of an intruder using these to access the second floor of your property.
Home Security System Solutions
- A great and very common way to keep your home safe from intruders is installing a security alarm system. There are many options for the type of system you would like, such as wireless or wired cameras with 24/7 monitoring.
- If you have a home security system, make sure you always arm your system before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Many people who have an alarm system installed don’t arm the alarms regularly for it can be inconvenient. But many intruders know this and are not easily deterred by a yard sign or window sticker indicating that they home is protected with an alarm system.
- If you are someone who finds arming a home security system regularly to be an inconvenience, the best investment you can make is in Las Vegas security screens. These screens never need activation or maintenance and are the only form of security that will stop intruders at the point of entry.
- Security Screens combined with home alarm security systems in some cases can reward you with up to 20% off your home insurance. Be sure to check with your insurance provider for more information.
- Get a guard dog – while this may not apply for all breeds of dogs, a large sized, barking dog is a sure fired way to keep intruders at bay.
- Criminals love to target vehicles that have visible belongings inside of them. Hide your valuables, and you’ll deter thieves from breaking in!
- Make sure all windows are closed, including the sunroof, when leaving your vehicle.
- Always verify you’ve locked your car doors
- Do not forget your keys in the vehicle.
- Do not leave the garage door clicker in plain view from the outside of the vehicle
- Do not move valuables from the cabin to the trunk of your vehicle while in plain sight to the public eye.
- Do not leave bags in visible areas, such as on the seat or floor or your vehicle.
- If your vehicle is an SUV or hatchback, make sure to use the trunk cover to hide your belongings.
What to do After Your Home or Car is Broken Into
In the unfortunate event that your home or car is broken into, be sure to follow these steps to make sure your loved ones and valuables are safe and to speed up resolution.
- Refrain from entering the property for the perpetrator may still be in the house
- Use your neighbors’ phone or your cellphone to call the local authorities immediately.
- Do not move or clean anything until the police have arrived and are able to complete a full analysis of the crime scene.
- If possible, notate in your phone or on a piece of paper, the license plates of any suspicious vehicles around.
- Notate any suspicious characters as well.
Wrapping up our tips on Home Security Systems
The tips we’ve shared today should help you better understand how to keep your home and neighborhood safe. Home security systems are a great way of protecting the people in your life, some more expensive than others. However, what is a price tag when it comes to the safety and security of your loved ones and valuables.
If you feel I have overlooked any security tips or if you have more questions about home security systems, please let me know in the comments below!
A rise in home property crime is being seen across the city, much to many residents’ dismay. According to recent statistics from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), there has been a drastic increase of over 500% since just this year alone. Read more about the rising crime rate in Las Vegas in our last blog post.