TIP! Change all of your locks when you move in. There is no way to ascertain how many keys the previous owner handed out.

Have you considered installing a security system for your home? Many folks buy one without really needing one. There are basic things you can do, like keeping your doors locked, that may make your home as secure as it can be.

TIP! If you want to have a spare key hidden outside of your home, hide it carefully. Above doors or under doormats are much too common to hide them and potential criminals will check them first.

Be sure your home appears to always be occupied. Use timers to make electronic devices and lights turn on and off at intervals. This makes it look as though people are home no matter what. This will keep people from breaking in.

TIP! Buy ceiling, roofing and flooring which is resistant to fire. This will make your home more safe, especially if you are in a dry climate that has many power lines.

Your dog can keep your spare house key for you. Of course, your dog has to be an outdoor dog (or you at least need to have a doggy door) for this to work. Put a key on the dog’s collar so you have access to it when necessary!

TIP! Ask friends for some advice before choosing home security companies and systems. They have likely had interactions with home security providers that they can tell you about, saving you time and stress.

Home security systems offer other triggering features besides having an alarm sound. Modern systems are often capable of detecting any open door or window and announcing that fact. This is important to parents who have small children, because they will want to know if the children have opened a door.

Carefully consider where you hide your outside spare key. Doormats and door frames are predictable places that burglars will always check. Try to find somewhere less obvious.

TIP! Clear away all the dead and dried out vegetation around your home in the summer. These are vulnerable to fires and put your home in danger.

Don’t be shy. Talk to your neighbors and those on your block. Keep your eye on their houses, and ask for help to keep yours safe too. Pay attention to gossip. You could learn important security information, such as if strangers have been lurking around the neighborhood.

TIP! Talk to your local police department about what they offer. There are many that offer programs that include items, such as home inspection, how to use engraving tools to mark code numbers to identify valuables if yours are stolen, and protective measures advice.

When installing your home security system, make sure to hide the wires. Intruders can get around security systems and into a home by cutting the wires. Make it hard for intruders and bury the wires or hide them inside your walls, if possible. You will be much safer.

TIP! It’s a good idea to have motion sensor lights installed. When a person walks by your home too closely, these lights will go on.

Believe it or not, the wires on your house are worth stealing. Many people have their wires stripped each year. The copper wiring can be stripped and be turned in for money. To keep the wiring safe, be sure that the wire is hidden from view.

TIP! When it comes to securing your home, start by changing your locks. Whether you just bought your home or someone just moved out that you were living with, this is an important step to any new situation.

If you are seeking home safety ideas that are simple and inexpensive, you should buy outdoor lights with motion sensors. In the dark hours, these lights will provide the illumination necessary to protect your home and also save money by staying off when they’re not needed. Whenever you properly position these lights, they will make it almost impossible for burglars to sneak in.

TIP! When dealing with a company installing your home security system, it is important that you trust your gut. This is particularly true if you’re uneasy with those that install your actual system.

When you hire a type of home security company, read the contract’s fine print before signing. There could be fees for terminating the contract early or acquiring additional equipment down the road. It’s best to know about these fees in advance so that you can avoid them when possible.

TIP! Don’t think you’re not at risk just because you don’t live in a big city. Interestingly, many think those living in rural areas are actually more susceptible to break-ins since neighbors may not live close by.

Maybe you do need an alarm system. It may be, however, that you simply need to start doing a few things differently around your house. Research all options thoroughly to make an informed choice.