Four Lesser Known Security Tips That Will Keep You Safe

October 10th, 2019

Did you know a house is broken into every 23 seconds? That one out of every 35 houses will be robbed this year? Rather frightening. While many of us are aware of obvious tips such as not leaving your newspapers to pile up, there are some things that you can do that are not so obvious. In addition to having a home safety security system, here are some lesser-known security tips you can easily incorporate into your current security measures for even greater security and safety.


  1. Remove Any Potential Hiding Places


Keep on top of your landscaping. Trim back trees, make sure your cameras are not obstructed by foliage. Trim back bushes or better yet opt for thorny bushes such as:


  • Roses
  • Holly bushes
  • Fuschia
  • Blackthorn
  • Juniper


Contact the police in your area. Many of them will provide a free walk around to help you determine where your home's weak spots are.


  1. Delete Any Digital Traces


Smart burglars will use many methods to determine when you will and will not be home once they have targeted your home. If you use a GPS use a local store or gas station for the default setting. Should a thief break into your car, they won't be able to use it to go to your home and rob it too. Some other ways to delete your trace include:


  • Keeping all vehicles in the garage. This prevents a thief from monitoring the cars in the driveway to see when the residents are home.
  • Installing smart timers on your lights to go on and off at different times
  • Make sure your social media footprint does not leave you open to being targeted


  1. Secure Your Keypad


While having your security system keypad right next to your door is convenient as you head out for the day or in for the night, it is also convenient for burglars. A determined burglar can monitor through your winder and note what combination you enter. Then it’s an easy entry, disable the alarm and rob the house. Have your keypad installed away from the windows so it is not visible from outside the house. Consult with your home security provider as to optimal placement.


  1. Utilize Decoys


Home invaders always head straight for the bedroom and bathroom. They know that this is where money, guns, jewelry, credit cards, and prescription medicine is kept. If you have heirloom jewelry it is suggested you get a safety deposit box. If you do have precious belongings and jewelry you use, hide them in tricky places. Some other tips include:


  • Keep your valuable jewelry in a hidden spot and leave your costume jewelry out.
  • Hide your purse and hang a decoy on the bed frame or closet door
  • Use a gun safe


Keeping Your Home Safe And Secure


While these tips are helpful and there are many tips you can incorporate into your daily routine to increase your safety, it is still a good idea to review your security needs, install a new security system or upgrade to a new one. With over 33 years of experience, the technicians at Grayson Pro-Tech are experts in helping you with your security needs.