Hot security tips for homeowners
HELPFUL HINTS & TIPS
A DARK HOUSE
When out at night, or on holiday, leave at least one light on, to make a burglar think you’re home. People worry about the power cost, but the very small cost of a lamp running is nothing compared to having your home broken into.
Your security system has backup batteries in case of power failure. These backup batteries need to be replaced every three years.. If left to fail, they can cause siren activation even while disarmed, sometimes even damaging the system. Contact us to get your backup batteries replaced.
Sometimes alarms will false-alarm. Annoying to neighbours, and means they won’t look anymore, if your alarm activates.
The biggest cause of false alarm activations is spiders. Make sure you keep an eye on the area around each sensor.
Also make sure all windows are closed in any room where there’s an alarm sensor, as drafts can blow in and cause false alarms.
Perhaps you’ve adopted a pet, and are worried that the cat will set off the alarm. Excellent pet-sensors are available which can differentiate between pets and people.
Ask about having these pet-sensors fitted to your system. (The more sensors you have fitted, the cheaper the individual price becomes.)
On rubbish collection days, bring your bins in as soon as possible. It’s a sure sign to a burglar that you’re home.If you’re late home and your bins are still out, it’s advertising you’re not home. If you’re working late, perhaps a friendly neighbour could bring your bins in for you.
YOUR MOTION SENSORS
Keep an eye on the effectiveness of your alarm’s motion sensors. Over time some older sensors become much less effective.
There’s no point in having an alarm system you can’t rely on. Sensors like this should be replaced, and it’s easy to have done.
Your alarm keypad should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth and a tiny bit of detergent, to avoid dirty finger-marks giving away which digits form your alarm code.
If you’re away, make sure someone collects your mail. An overflowing mailbox is a sure sign of an unoccupied house, and an invitation to the opportunist burglar.