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You’ve interviewed and chosen your security integrator, they’ve installed a customized system and now you’ve got the peace of mind you envisioned at the outset.

As security systems integrators ourselves, we pride ourselves on being able to deliver the “value-added” and advise our customers before, during and after the installation.

The home alarm system pictured above is just part of the overall approach to security

With that in mind, comprehensive security does not end with installation and monitoring—it requires vigilance.  Sure, a quality system can keep burglars out, but proper planning and action will keep them away to begin with.

What steps can be taken?  Start with yourself, then branch out.  Although this doesn’t have much to do with electronic security, make a copy of your wallet’s contents and store it in your safe or safety deposit box.  This will be very helpful in case it's lost or stolen.

If you insist on posting photos on facebook when you're away, avoid including geographical markers.  We recommend you don't post on facebook with any reference to your travels.

Also, don’t open the door to strangers.  There’s no “friendly” rule that says you have to do this. 

Trim and prune your hedges and shrubs so as not to provide thieves with any extra cover.  We’re not suggesting that you cut everything to the ground, just keep it in mind when you’re doing your landscaping.

As far as your family, have an emergency plan.  Where will you meet if you need to leave the house under duress?  Who will exit which door if a fire were to start?  If you’ve had the security and fire system installed, you need to have these next steps established to ensure effectiveness.  You need to know how to act upon the system’s signal, or it may be all for not.

Your neighbors can be a big help in many ways.  If you’re away on vacation and it snows, have them leave footprints in your walkway and make tire tracks in your driveway.  Have them remove papers and mai as well.

Speaking of neighbors, set up a neighborhood watch.  Approach them about a formal program.  Imagine if you don’t even know that your next door neighbor is traveling—you assume he’s at home because the lights are on.  But those lights are actually turned on by a thief who is in the process of burglarizing the house.  Neighborhood watches can prevent this.

Brining it back to your home, be sure to have your locks inspected by a locksmith.  Add deadbolts and/or make sure current deadbolts have at least a one-inch throw.  Examine your cellar situation—windows and bulkhead.  Put an extra lock on your slider.  Insert a piece of wood in the slider’s track.

Speaking of locks, please don’t hide your keys outside your door somewhere, such as under a rock or inside a bush.

Keep any tools in the shed, garage or house since thieves can use them to break in, or worse, as weapons once they’re in.  And secure your ladders with lock and chains so they cannot use them to gain entry into second floor windows.

And of course, as we’ve covered before, exterior and interior lighting play a major role in the overall security plan—beyond the core system itself.  Make sure to have timers on your interior lights and motion sensors on your exterior lighting.

So think about your plan, talk with your family, friends and neighbors, and integrate all the aspects in this post with your installed security system.

Thank you for spending some time with us today.

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