The Don'ts of Home Security

Do you want to improve your home’s security?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. We are XYZ Security, and we are your premier source for surveillance camera systems in Los Angeles. In addition to providing you with the tools you need to enhance your home’s security, we also want to provide you with the information you need! There are many basic dos and don’ts of home security that all homeowners could benefit from knowing, and in our last blog, we went over the dos of home security. Today, we’ll be going over the don’ts of home security.

The Don’ts of Home Security

#1. Don’t leave hidden keys outside of your home.

You never know when you might lose or forget your house keys somewhere, so it’s always nice to know that there’s a spare key hidden away when you need it. However, no matter how sneakily you’ve hidden away your spare key, a burglar could find it and have a ridiculously easy way to enter your home. Instead of hiding a spare key outside, where anyone could find it, keep one in your purse, car or with a trusted neighbor. This way, you’ll always have a key without compromising your home’s security.

#2. Don’t publish your whereabouts online.

Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, allow us to share our lives with friends and family who may otherwise only communicate with you through phone calls or the mail. But unfortunately, that information is available to more than just your friends and family, and if you post about your vacation on social media, you’re basically announcing to the world that your home is empty and unsecured. If you use social media, it’s important to make sure that your privacy settings are set up properly, and as a general rule, always turn the location services off on your mobile device. If you decide to post about your vacation online, do so after you get back home.

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#3. Don’t leave cartons and boxes for new purchases outside.

When you buy a new computer, television, sound system or any other major purchase, it often comes in a big box. Many homeowners make the mistake of putting those big boxes and cartons outside on the curb with their trash. While it’s good to get rid of the boxes you don’t need, you should never simply put them outside where anyone could see them. Burglars won’t break into a home unless they know that it’s worth their time and effort, and if you keep the boxes from major purchases outside on the curb, you’re letting them know exactly what you have in your home.

#4. Don’t make it easy for people to see inside of your home.

Home with lots of windows are full of light and energy, but that doesn’t mean that your blinds should be open all the time, especially when you’re not home. Whether you are at work for the day or you’ve gone on vacation across the country, it’s important not to give a preview of what’s inside your home to burglars. As we mentioned before, burglars need a reason to break in, and if they can see your high-end computer, television and other pricey possessions in your home through a window, it gives them a reason.

Having the right security camera installed in your home is a great first step towards enhanced security, but it’s also important to know the basic dos and don’ts of home security. We hope that this blog series provides you with the information you need to make the right security decisions for your home. If you have questions or concerns, or you’re ready to get a surveillance camera system installed in your Los Angeles home, please contact us!