Tips & Tools
Getting a home security system is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home and loved ones safe. Plus there are other benefits, like potentially lowering your home insurance premiums, giving you storm alerts as soon as they’re issued or letting you know when the kids have come home from school.
At LifeShield, we want you to be as knowledgeable about security and your LifeShield system as we are. That’s why we’ve got home security tips, how-to articles and everyday tools you can use to enhance your home’s convenience and protection.
Top 10 Home Safety Tips
- Do not open the door. This may seem obvious, but it’s actually not uncommon for people to just open their doors and let a stranger inside. The person may be innocuous (and probably is), but there’s always the possibility that you’d be opening the door to trouble. Once the person is in your home, it can be that much more difficult for you to get help. In fact, just opening the door a little might be trouble, even if you’re using a security chain. Many of those can be cut in just an instant.
- Have your LifeShield keychain remote in your hand. That way, if something does happen and you get in trouble, all you have to do is press the panic button to immediately notify Monitoring Center.
- Install a front door peephole. This will make it easier for you to know who’s at your door when there’s a knock.
- Reinforce your door. Replace your door’s strike plates with heavy-gauge plates that have long screws. You can have a professional do this, but it’s not difficult to do yourself. These plates make it a lot more difficult for an intruder to kick in your door or pry it down.
- Keep your porch well-lighted. That way, you’ll be able to look out and clearly see who’s standing there.
- Insist on ID. First, see if there’s a vehicle with a corporate logo out front. Next, ask the person for an ID badge, and have them put it through the mail slot. Finally, call the company and double-check their identity. Usually, the receptionist will have access to the employee directory and will be able to give you this information.
- Never just ignore a knock. When someone unexpected knocks at your door, it’s always better to respond than to say nothing. Generally, burglars are focused on robbery and aren’t anxious to confront a home’s resident, so if you’re quiet, they might conclude there’s no one home and decide to target you. But if you just call out, “It’s not a good time,” that can be enough to keep the person moving on.
- Don’t let your guard down. Things always seem a lot less menacing when the sun’s shining, and it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of safety. Actually, statistics show that most home invasions occur during daylight hours. It’s good to always stay vigilant, no matter what time it is.
- Let Molly bark. Sure, it’s bad dog manners, but it’s really good security advice. Again, burglars are interested in an easy profit and not in a loud, nasty confrontation with your pup. That’s true no matter how big or small the dog is.
- Use your signs. Posting your LifeShield sign in a prominent place in the front of your home and then displaying one of the LifeShield stickers near your home’s entryway can be a really effective crime deterrent. Like your dog, these signs are an indicator that targeting your home may be more trouble than it’s worth.
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