Residential Security Starts With You

Enhancing the security at your home with an alarm system and other features is, no doubt, one of the best ways you can protect your home. But effective home security starts with you. No matter how good of a system you have, if you don't take some precautions, you can increase your chances of someone trying to get in. And even if you have a top-of-the-line alarm monitoring service watching your home that foils the person trying to get in, the attempt itself is scary. Do what you can to make your home look unattractive to crooks with these steps.

Lock Things

Close your windows and doors when you leave or go to sleep, and lock them. While this is simple, many people, particularly those in areas considered safe, don't lock windows and doors and sometimes don't even close them. Don't make your home an easy target. Even safe areas can be subject to problems because it doesn't take long before crooks figure out that no one's locking up. If you lock your doors and windows, you can discourage a large percentage of crooks who are simply looking for an easy, fast hit.

Watch Social Media Post Subjects 

Telling friends you're going to be gone on this or that day for a trip or showing off jewelry, for example, can really put you in crooks' sights. This is what police in Paris think led to the frightening robbery of Kim Kardashian in October 2016. She had constantly broadcast her location and the items she had with her, so the crooks likely knew exactly when and where they could find her and grab her jewelry. You don't have to have Kardashian-level wealth in order to be a target, though. Tone down the posts about your adventures and acquisitions.

Trust but Verify

Ronald Reagan's famous line may be controversial politically, but it's good advice for security. If someone unknown to you shows up at your door and you aren't sure if they are someone to worry about or really just the salesperson they claim to be, don't panic, but verify who they are — and if you can't, do not open that door. In other words, trust that you don't have to start panicking just because someone's on the other side of the door, but if you can't verify who they are, then you need to keep that door closed and send the person away, or call police if you decide it's warranted.

Your home alarm system company can go over other security strategies with you. Sometimes these companies or your local police department can send representatives over to do a security check of your entire residence. For more information, contact local professionals like Tele-Plus

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When I was moving into my first apartment, I couldn't decide if I needed to get a telephone or not. I had a cell phone with a decent plan, but I worried that I would end up spending too much time on the phone when I was home alone. I started looking into the options for getting a home phone included with my television and internet and found that it wasn't going to cost me a whole lot more. If you are trying to decide if a home phone is necessary, the information that you find here could help you make the right decision.

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