You are going to be concerned about a number of danger areas whenever you have a home security plan to put together, but you never want to waste your time addressing false threats. You'll run into a number of myths whether you know it or not, so getting the facts should be your first priority. From criminal habits to security system effectiveness, you should try to avoid the information which will only end up wasting your time. Here is the truth behind 5 home security myths.
1. You have to worry about the day more than the night. While the thought of someone trying to enter your home at night might frighten you more than anything else, some security experts claim it's robbery attempts by day which should get the focus. Thieves like to operate by day because there is a better chance a home will be occupied (with everyone at work, school, etc.). This part is true, but there are probably as many times as you are out of the house at night. Make sure your exterior lighting is solid and you use TV and light timers for when you're out of the house in the evening.
2. Window sensors are fine by themselves. Windows which are equipped with sensors connected to your home alarm system would seem to be fine as they are. However, with the techniques in forced entry improving annually, you have to react to how many thieves are getting inside homes: with glass removal rather than breaks. Double up your window sensors with motion sensors in places where entry is possible (usually front windows).
3. Garages do not have to come on board. Leaving your garage as a late concern (or not paying much attention to it at all) is a big mistake when you are putting your home security system together. Beside the obvious value of something like your cars, thieves place a very high value on tools and other items inside the garage. In fact, the tools could be a helping hand when they are trying to get inside your home to continue their work.
4. Fire prevention is done once smoke detectors get connected to your home alarm. If you have connected your smoke detectors to your main alarm system, you have done one of the most important things in fire protection. However, the job can not stop there. Once you have your detectors, fire extinguishers and everything else in place, your family needs to know how to get out of the house in an emergency situation. Rather than complicate everything, run fire drills so it becomes almost second nature to them.
5. Wired alarm systems never need upgrades. Your comfort level may be high when you move into a home set up with a wired alarm system, but you should not consider these alerts incapable of being improved. Whether it's an addition to your house or an area of the second floor that remains uncoovered, wireless components will often be the answer.