GTA Home Security Decisions vs. Costs

It’s not easy making tough decisions that cost money. Comparison shopping is essential when seeking a home security system. Make sure you get quotes from a minimum of three companies before you decide on which home security system you think is the best for you.

Advice to Keep You Safe

A simple word of advice will give your home be safer “Don’t open your door, uninvited strangers. Door-to-door salespeople prey on people’s fear and guilt after they trick their customers into letting them in the door.  Make a rule in your home a house rule forbidding anyone to open the door to people who you were NOT expecting.

Keeping your car inside the garage will deter intruders from vandalizing or stealing it.  Along the same vein of thought make sure that your valuables cannothuman-hand-shows-a-green-house-concept be seen from the outside. Large windows are great in that they allow you to keep an eye on who is approaching your home, but they also allow outsiders to see inside your living space.

As a word of caution, hide the exposed wires of your security system that may be accessible outside of your house.  Intruders can easily disable a system by cutting or unplugging the wires.

Replace all locks in your newly purchased home. Even though the person who sold your home to you may seem honest, you have no way of knowing how many copies of the key they made and distributed.

Flashlights are essential providing you with the ability to navigate the darkness and poorly lit spaces if an emergency should arise.  Make sure everyone in your family knows not only knows where to find your emergency stash of batteries, flashlights, and other disaster recovery equipment but also knows how to operate them.

Consider a wireless home security system for your home. While systems with wires may initially seem cheaper, with the cost of installation can they can end up being significantly more than wireless systems.

Thieves can use this information found on bills and determine the best time to break in. Make sure you use that shredder before discarding important papers and if you do not have a shredder ripped them up.

The best way to keep a thief from going into the garage is to ensure no one can see inside. Don’t leave your door unlocked and open for lengthy periods of time, which could be inviting for any potential thief or passerby.

Don’t hide your keys in an obvious hiding place such as a fake rock, mailbox, or under the doormat. A much better option is to have a friend,  neighbor or ask someone you trust to keep your extra key in case you need it.  If none of these options is available to you, think of how you will hide your spare key in a place that cannot be easily accessed and is not obvious.

Regardless of the type of home security system you choose, you need to have it checked each year. Ask someone who works at the security company to come over and have a look.  You may not be able to tell there is an issue if you can’t see it in the last thing you would like to have happened a major disaster that could have been prevented by an early warning system that was not working.

Motion sensor lights on the exterior of your home is a great investment. These lights will turn on if someone walks near your house.  Just remember to change out the bulbs periodically to keep them functioning at all times.

Hopefully, reading these words of advice has equipped you with some knowledge to make better-informed home security, purchase decisions. If you feel further guidance is needed in your quest to make your home more secure, please contact a home security professional.

My Home Umbrella is an authorized ADT dealer who can help keep your family protected. Call us at 1 (866) 845-1984 to protect your home and your family.

Drew Sauveur
Author: Drew Sauveur

Local business owner and resident of Durham Region

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