Are You Your Home’s Worst Enemy?

Just as there are several home security habits that you should start practicing, there are others that you’ll want to ditch as soon as possible. Even the most innocent of actions could potentially serve as a serious security crack to anyone who is monitoring you and your home activities. While you’re looking into surveillance systems, don’t forget to read up on bad habits you’ll want to leave behind.

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If you’ve got a home security system, make sure that you actually
use it. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of the afternoon.

Don’t Overshare

Be careful of who you share your work schedule, vacation plans and security system details with. Remember that burglars and intruders hide in plain sight and don’t always look anything like you might expect them to. That salesperson or even your neighbor might be trying to gather information about you, your home and everything in it so that they can rob you later.

You also don’t want to broadcast too much information on social media. All 281 of your friends and followers don’t need to know where you’re going for vacation, how long you’ll be away or that you just bought an expensive large screen TV. You might as well be holding a neon sign over your home for everyone to see that says, “Please Rob Me.”

Keep Home Security in Mind

You might think that you live in the safest neighborhood in your state and that there’s no need for you to think about IP cameras, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give home security a second thought. It’s fine and understandable even to focus on the positive aspects of life, but you can’t go through life with blinders on. You never know when a burglar will decide to stop by your neighborhood for a nightly visit from the next town over.

Even if you think that you can afford a home security system that shouldn’t stop you from at least looking into basic surveillance systems. You’d be surprised at how effective and inexpensive a simple home security system can be.

Use Your Home Security System

If you’ve got a home security system, make sure that you actually use it. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of the afternoon, if you’re just going out for a quick errand, heading next door or even if you’re at home, your security system should be armed at all times. Some burglars like to stake out a home before they make their move, which means that they might learn your routine. You might leave your home for just ten minutes only to see that your home has been broken into and most of your valuables have been stolen. You’ve got a home security system, so you might as well use it and use it often.

Listen to Wisdom

There’s a lot of great security advice out there from security experts, but there’s also a lot of security nonsense floating around. Before you take anyone’s advice about home security, check their credentials, ask who they work for and how long they’ve been in the security business. Trust your gut and double check any information that you’re given no matter who it’s from.

Don’t let yourself become a flaw in your home’s security system. Pay close attention to your surroundings, how you share information, who you share information with and use the security tools that you currently have or think about adding some to your home if you don’t.    

Article written by Jen Blair of the Sprightly Shopper, Follow her on twitter @sprightlyshopr.

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