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Is a home security system of interest to you? A lot of people buy one without considering if they really need one. Maintaining good security habits (e.g. locking doors) might be adequate as security measures.

TIP! Does your dog remain outside while you’re gone? Your furry friend is also a great storage place for your extra key. You can attach your key to your dog’s collar in order to keep the key hidden.

Your home should always look like it is occupied. Invest in timers to automatically turn on and off any electronics at various times. This way, your house will always look occupied. This will help safeguard your house to the best of your ability.

TIP! If you want to have a spare key close to your house in order to prevent lockouts, make sure you give its hiding place some careful thought. Intruders will think to look on the top if a door frame and under a doormat.

Only provide your house cleaner with a key if you trust him or her implicitly. Make sure they are honest, reputable and hardworking. One way to do this is to check their references. If the cleaner has been sent by a company, call the Better Business Bureau to check on the company’s reputation.

TIP! Ask your friends for advice before you choose a home security system or company. You can benefit from the experience of others that have gone before you by paying attention to their recommendations and warnings.

There are more features to a home alarm system besides making sounds when people break in. Some give offer the option to monitor all entries into the house. For families with young children, this is excellent for alerting when a child has entered or left the house.

TIP! When planning to go away for a holiday, be sure to turn off the ringers on your home phones. When burglars hear phones ringing for an extended period of time in a home, they know that there is no one there to answer.

When looking to purchase a good home security system, it is best that you look at many companies. Prices can be very different from one product to another. You really owe it to yourself to solicit firm quotes from three different providers before you sit down to pick one.

TIP! See if your local police department offers any home inspection or other protection programs. Many police departments will offer expert advice, arrange inspections, sponsor neighborhood watches, and help you mark and register your valuables.

Get advice from your friends before selecting a provider for home security. It is probable that you will hear some great stories about some companies as well as some not so great stories about others. This can save you the hassle of having to research everything on your own. Making a great choice is important, so this advice will come in handy.

TIP! Be sure to keep your car in your garage rather than filling your garage with stored belongings. In this way, your car will be safer.

Do not open your door for anyone you don’t know. You never know who they might be, despite their story. Therefore, only allow people you know and are expecting to enter your home.

TIP! Annual check-ups are important for alarm systems. The security company should have a specialist come to look at it.

Have lights that are motion-sensor installed. They turn on only if someone is nearby. You will receive advance warning of any potential issues, and a would-be intruder will probably be scared off. Just do not forget to replace the bulbs periodically to keep them functioning at all times.

TIP! Be outgoing. Build up a rapport with the people who own homes close to yours.

If you have skylights, do not neglect them when making sure your home is secure. Skylights are a great addition to any home, but they are also tempting entryways for crooks. You should have them equipped with strong, sturdy hardware.

TIP! Don’t forget about the skylights when securing your home. Intruders could use skylights to enter your home.

Lock up your house every time you leave. A lot of times, burglaries happen due to carelessness. It does not take a long time for a robber to pilfer items worth thousands of dollars.

TIP! No one should be able to see your valuables from outside. Large windows allow you to keep an eye on who is approaching your home, but keep in mind that potential intruders will be tempted if they can see your valuables.

If your home security system is installed, be sure its wires are well-hidden. If the wires are exposed, an intruder can bypass the system by cutting its wires. Make it hard for intruders and bury the wires or hide them inside your walls, if possible. You will be much safer.

TIP! Hide your security system’s wiring. You don’t want a burglar to get access to them and disable your system.

A good security system will make your home a lot safer. You might just have to adjust your routine. Check out all your choices to know which ones are right for you.