Every homeowner does their best to ensure the best security for their home. While there are numerous security measures you can take to improve your home security, there are slight slip-ups and mistakes that can cause a major breach in your home security.
Talking to the experts, we have brought together the most common mistakes to avoid improving your home security.
“Leaving your doors unlocked is the most common security mistake. Criminals often look for easy targets, and if your doors are locked, they’ll move on to the next house. If you’re installing a home security system, wireless cameras are convenient because you don’t have to worry about wiring them and weatherproofing the connections.” (Melanie Musson)
“The most common mistake homeowners make with wireless cameras is forgetting to charge them. A camera with a dead battery is entirely useless and will do nothing to help you secure your house. When you set up a home security system, another common mistake is forgetting to secure all points of entry. If you secure the front door but not the back, you leave yourself open to break-ins.” (Melanie Musson)
“Homeowners often forget windows. They’re a common break-in point, but since law-abiding citizens don’t usually enter homes through windows, law-abiding homeowners often forget to include sensors on all windows, including upstairs windows.”
Melanie Musson is a home security expert with Clearsurance.com
“One of the common mistakes that people make is that they leave their extra keys outside of their home in a flower pot, under the mat, or inside a fake rock. Burglars are extremely smart and they can easily find your keys. If you are afraid of getting locked out, then you should leave your keys with a trusted neighbour or friend. You can also install smart locks in your home which allow keyless entry and they also come with burglar alarms to provide extra protection.”
Jacob Hubbard, Editor at TheGoodyPet
“One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is to think that they can take an occasional vacation without having to worry about their home security. They'll often leave the doors and windows unlocked while they're away, not taking into account that even low-level thieves may try to rob them.
“One of the best things you can do for your home's security while you're out of town is to have a neighbor or trusted family member keep an eye on your house. They should be able to report back to you if something happens, and they can let the mail carrier know that they'll be picking up packages for you while you're away.” (Joshua Haley)
“Another common mistake people make when installing a home security system is not physically securing it to the house. It makes no sense at all to simply place a pet's wireless collar on your doors and windows, because the attacker will be able to remove them in just moments.
“You need to show that every part of your system is permanent so that you can deter intruders before they ever reach your property line. Before you buy a home security system, you need to consider which features are the most important to your everyday life. You may be tempted to simply buy the cheapest option available, but that's often not a good idea because quality matters more than price when it comes to home security systems.”
Joshua Haley, Founder of Moving Astute
“The outdated key under the mattress routine: I was dumbfounded to discover that this practice still happens today. If you must leave a key outside your home, leave it with a trusted neighbor. Better yet, store it in a nearby safe place that only you and your family are privy to.” (Jack Miller)
“Leaving your front door without any reinforcement is a recipe for disaster. You can bolster its security by adding these on: a Birmingham bar to strengthen the frame, hinge bolts to prevent forced entry, and a lock guard.” (Jack Miller)
“An overflowing mailbox is a tell-tale sign of an empty home, and that can be seen by any potential intruder from a mile away. So you can either have a neighbor pick up your mail for you while you’re away or just opt for paperless deliveries, moving forward.” (Jack Miller)
“Leaving empty boxes of pricey purchases at your front door: So you just bought a new iMac and you left its box at your doorstep. It’s as good as telling would-be perpetrators that you have new expensive stuff for them to pilfer. Either stow these boxes away or throw them out, to also rid your home of clutter.”
Jack Miller is the founder of How I Get Rid Of