14 Things Home Security Experts Never Do in Their Own Homes
An alarm system isn’t enough. If you’re making any of these security mistakes, experts say that your home is at risk for a break-in.
They never put up a security sign that matches their security system
Turner suggests a great way to thwart criminals: Trick them at their own game. “While I want to communicate to burglars that I have a security system, I don’t want to give away exactly what they’re up against,” he says. “That’s why I always have a yard sign and window decals of a security system that’s not my own—to throw burglars off their track.” You can buy a variety of security signs and stickers on Amazon. And while you’re picking them up, check out these 61 other Amazon products you’ll also use every day.
They never have front doors made of glass
Stephany Smith of Fantastic Handyman suggests thinking before you renovate. “If you want to stay away from the burglars’ eyes, don’t opt for decorative windows on doors,” she says. “Even if they can boost your home’s curb appeal, that glass can be easily shattered.” Instead, Smith recommends installing heavy steel or metal front and garage doors. “If you still have the means to fit a front door with glass, secure it with reinforced glass,” she advises. “It’s harder to break.”
They never put security alarms near the front door
While installing a control pad in a noticeable location seems logical and convenient, Smith says it’s a bad idea. “Don’t be tempted to mount it on or next to your front door. Instead, the best spot for the control pad is in a hidden area—master bedroom, hallway, back, or side door,” she explains. “Another great idea is to install a few keypads at different places with a PIN code that’s hard to crack.” If you’re looking to upgrade your home security without breaking the bank, check out these 10 home security devices without monthly fees.
They never keep valuables in the open
You don’t want to tempt anyone who’s thinking of robbing you, says Laura Schmitz, a Frontpoint Home Security specialist. “If you own quality televisions, computers, bikes, or other large valuables, keep them out of eyesight from the window,” she advises. “Store smaller valuables in a password-protected safe.” Is a burglar casing your house right now? It’s possible. These are the 13 sneaky signs your house is being watched.
They never make it obvious that they live alone
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You’re an easier target when you live alone, so it’s best not to advertise it. How? Schmitz suggests always keeping a few lights on in multiple areas of your home. And if someone comes to your door, she recommends pretending that someone else is with you. “Call out, ‘I’ll get it!’ when answering the door to give the appearance that someone is with you,” she says. For added security whether you live alone or not, make sure that you install your security cameras in these 10 smart spots.