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Improve Security Around Your Home

It is human nature to make sure that everything we care about is safe. To maintain the safety of our family and our property, take steps to improve home security. Here are a few tips to help protect your home and valuables.

Install an Alarm System

Windows and door alarms work because of a two-piece magnetic sensor that is attached to the frame. When the door or window is opened, the sensors are separated and the alarm will sound. Install alarms on windows and doors throughout your home.

Use an App-Monitored System

In addition to installing alarms on doors and windows, you might also install a security camera and a monitored security system. Choose a smart security system to send notifications to your phone when movement is detected. A smart system offers the ability to check on your property even when you are away.

Make the Home Appear Occupied to Improve Security

When you leave town, ask a friend or a neighbor to keep an eye on your property until you return. Have your neighbor stop by in the evening to turn on outside lights, and in the morning to turn them off. You can also ask that they collect mail from your mailbox.

When you are going on vacation, don’t publish information on social media sharing your plans. This lets potential intruders know that you are not home. Wait until you return from your trip to post pictures.

Improve Home Security With Simple Steps

Improving your home security doesn’t need to be a daunting task. There are plenty of systems available that are easy to install, and preventative measures you can take. Guaranteeing that your home is safe is important, and when you follow the above tips, you can rest assured that your home is well-protected.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections provides home inspection services to the Triangle area of North Carolina. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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