June is National Home Safety Month

June is National Home Safety Month, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). While the NSC focuses on a broad range of threats at home, we at the Electronic Security Association (ESA) focus on safety that can only come from a robust home security system. What better time than now to evaluate your home's security setup? Here's five helpful points that can help you start a conversation about home security, your family's specific needs and what you can do to address them now and in the near future. 

1. Look at your home from the perspective of a burglar. Think about how someone without a key would attempt entry in your home, and then harden those vulnerable areas. Are your windows too accessible from the outside? Consider installing window locks, and glass break sensors. Entrances too dark at night? Consider installing motion-sensing lights. Wouldn’t it be nice to access live video when you are away to check in on what’s happening in and around your home? Some weaknesses are only visible after putting yourself into the shoes of an intruder.

2. Try to simulate a constant presence in your home. Burglars prefer to target homes with no one inside, for a quick and easy payday. To discourage them, install timers on lights and electrical devices to make someone looking at your home from the outside believe that there's someone there currently, even when there isn't. Draw your window blinds closed and always park your car inside your garage to make the ruse harder to detect.

3. Lock every door, every time. Whether you're heading out of town for the weekend or just heading to the store for a moment, make sure you aren't rolling out the red carpet for burglars when you leave your home. The majority of burglaries take place during the day when most homeowners are at work, so be sure to lock your doors before you leave in the morning. Consider installing electronic locks that you can control remotely in case you forgot to the lock the door or need to let someone in without having to provide them with a key.

4. Get to know your neighbors, and consider setting up a Neighborhood Watch program. An entire neighborhood keeping an eye out on each other's homes is less vulnerable to the predation of criminals. Formally creating a Neighborhood Watch program offers other benefits as well, including access to crime trends, patterns and statistics from local law enforcement and increased community engagement with city officials and law enforcement.

5. Consult with security experts about the safety of your home. Be sure to contact a qualified a security company that is a member of ESA to evaluate your home for safety and security concerns and develop a system that's right for you. Visit www.Alarm.org to find a trusted security professional in your area.

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