Home Security Tips - Keeping Home & Family Safe
Today's technology is a wonderful thing. That is until it falls into the hands of criminals and threatens the home security of innocent residents.
Technology in the Wrong Hands
According to a recent ABC News report, criminals are now using Google Earth to target homes and plan their crimes. For those of you who are not familiar with the application, this popular mapping technology provides detailed photographic views of various geographical locations. Burglars and other criminals are using these photographs to assess the ins and outs of the residences they target and plan their exit and entry strategies.
Simple Ways to Decrease Your Home Security Risk
The fact that anyone can view photographs of your residence presents as a serious home security risk. To decrease your chance of becoming a home crime victim, take my advice as a home security expert:
1. Always stay aware of your surroundings when leaving and arriving home.
Not every criminal prefers to carry out their crimes while the homeowners are gone. Some—usually the more violent of criminals—like to use the residents as pawns to get what they want.
To decrease your risk of falling prey to a criminal laying in wait, stay aware of your environment when leaving and arriving home. If you pull into a garage, look around and be cautious of potential hiding places and anyone who might attempt to walk in behind you. The more hiding places you can eliminate around your home, the better.
2. Never answer the door to a stranger.
Criminals don't come with a warning sign. So it's up to you to BEWARE! No matter how official the person on the other side of your door looks, it is never a good idea to open the door to someone you don't know or didn't invite to your home. If you don't feel you can ignore the stranger, converse through the locked door. If they try to convince you to open the door or refuse to leave, call 911 and/or activate your home alarm.
3. Invest in home security devices that deter criminals and protect against forcible entries.
Burglars and other criminals look for homes that appear unprotected and provide easy entry. To deter criminals, equip your home with an alarm system and a prominent display of multiple monitoring company signs. A wireless surveillance system with multiple security cameras can also be an effective crime deterrent, as well as serve as an early warning device for you and your family.
To keep the bad guys out, research and invest in home security door and window devices that protect against forcible entries. Relying on nothing more than the standard locks on your doors and windows is a huge security mistake!
Take Home Security Seriously
Don't wait for a burglary, home invasion, or worse crime to happen to you before taking home security seriously. The responsibility is in your hands. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family against today's very serious home security risks.
Jordan Frankel - The Security Sensei
"For all things security related and outsmarting the proverbial bad guys."
Global Security Experts, Inc.