Unique Home Security Tips to Help Keep Your Home and Family Safe

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You want to ensure that your home provides a safe, secure environment for your family. While home security systems from Protection 1 are an excellent first step, there are a number of lesser-known solutions you can implement to enjoy greater peace of mind.

Homeowner Security While You Are Away

Help your home avoid unwanted attention while you are on vacation using automated lights that you set to turn on every night through your automation system, creating the illusion that someone is home. A ringing phone with no answer hints to passers-by that the home is vacant, so turn the ringer of your home phone to the lowest setting while you are away. Additionally, never leave notes on the door for vendors notifying them of your absence. Another way to increase residential security is to avoid keeping a spare key outside since the most popular hiding places are common knowledge.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors and heat/smoke detectors are essential devices that require regular upkeep. Change the batteries of your sensors during every Daylight Savings Time switch for an easy reminder to ensure they are in good working order for the next six months. Dust and lint buildup can interfere with the effectiveness of your sensors, so clean them regularly to ensure maximum effectiveness. For even greater security, use automated security equipment, such as automated heat/smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, that sends frequent status updates to your control panel and automatically notifies a monitoring center if you are absent or unable to attend to a sounding alarm.

The Mailbox

Your mailbox is an important, but often overlooked aspect of home and personal security, containing a wealth of information in both your ingoing and outgoing mail. Send sensitive information and personal checks through the post office rather than your mailbox, and use a locked mailbox if possible.

Power Outages

Home security solutions for power outages help you keep your family safe even when the lights go out. Phone lines are normally still functional during power outages, so maintain a corded, non-electric phone for these instances. Keep emergency supplies, such as flashlights, water, food and prescription medications easily accessible in case of a power outage or other emergency. Lastly, ensure that all security systems are equipped with backup battery power to discourage opportunists.

Security devices, such as video cameras, motion-sensing alarms and automated door locks, are important components of a secure home. However, these often-overlooked homeowner security tips add an even greater level of personal and residential security, especially when combined with your existing Protection 1 equipment.