Home Alarms – What Not to Do

Home alarms - what not to doYou just bought a home and want to ensure that it remains secure and safe for you family, and so you want to invest in a home alarm system. Good thinking.

There are many things to consider when looking for a home alarm system. I’m here to tell you what not to do when buying a system and what not to do once that system is in place. These suggestions will, hopefully, give you peace of mind and make your decision a little easier.

Quality over quantity: Don’t get the cheap stuff.

Security for your home doesn’t have to break the bank, but you don’t want to skimp out, either. Instead, think of it as an investment. Spending a little more money upfront can save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Don’t be impulsive

Like any investment, you need to do your research and decide which provider is the best fit for your family and possessions. When you find a few companies you like, call them and get more information. Interview a few, and choose the one you feel more comfortable with. Be wary of companies who are more interested in selling you a product, than the safety of your home.

Don’t rely solely on your system

You can take matters into your own hands, it’s easy. Make sure all the locks around your home are working properly and if possible reinforce your doors with metal door jams to prevent them from being kicked in. Make sure your whole family is on the same page and takes the same preventable measures.

Don’t assume it’s always working

Things happen, systems fail. That’s why it’s important for you to regularly check your alarm for accuracy and response time. Make sure everyone knows how to test it, and what to do in case something goes wrong.

Don’t forget your provider

In case the alarm is accidentally set off, make sure your provider is informed immediately. Save their number on your phone to contact them quickly. If there are false alarms happening often, they may be able to fix the problem or suggest ways to prevent them. Just take note that some jurisdictions enforce fines for false alarm calls in which police respond to your home. In some cases, if your system has several false alarms in one year, it can be considered a “nuisance alarm”; police may not respond for future, real emergencies.

Don’t hesitate to call your provider

If you find something wrong with your system or any components of it, call you provider immediately. They can either walk you through the problem or get a representative to fix it. If you decide to make changes to your home (structural additions, remodels, etc.) make sure to let them know. There may be changes that have to be made to keep the system working smoothly and efficiently.

Don’t be shy

This is a perfect opportunity to show off. Let it be known to possible intruders that you are equipped with a home security system. Most providers give you goodies like window stickers and yard signs; use them. Intruders will likely shy away from your home if they know it’s armed.

Don’t forget about the basics

Regardless of all the technology available to us, it’s never a bad idea to revert to the basics. Check all locks and doors regularly and be aware of your surroundings and habits (some burglars know your routine and use it to their advantage). Have a trusted neighbor watch your home while you’re gone and give them instructions in case of an emergency.

TVs and radios can be set on timers to make it appear that someone is home, which can prevent a break in. And of course, never, ever give your combinations to strangers. If you have guests that need access to your home, be sure to go over the arming/disarming procedures in person as it can be misinterpreted over a phone.

An intrusion is never desirable, and you can’t take the steps necessary to prevent harm to your family and your possessions. Just remember to do your research and help yourself by being aware of your home.

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