Saturday, October 17, 2015

Home Security Myths

It's time to talk about home security and safety. 
If you’ve read my previous post on home security, there are lots of myths and misconceptions when it comes to how best to protect your home. I would like to point out the ones that hold home owners back from spending money on better home security solutions. To help you better understand the importance of home security, I’m going to bust three myths that are floating around about home security.


1. Installing an iron safety door makes your home safe
Iron safety doors prevent people from getting into your home rapidly and forcefully and that is why homeowners consider it safe for their homes. In my neighbourhood, a good number of people have installed iron safety doors. However, these doors are not completely safe. Opening the door without knowing who is on the other side of it, could jeopardize the safety of the people who are inside the home.



2. Hiding a spare key under the doormat or a flower pot is safe
Lots of people hide their spare keys outside their homes, either under doormat, a rock or inside a pot. It is both the most common, and the least secure, ‘hiding the spare key’ strategy. People who hide their keys in this manner believe they have found the best hiding place ever and some of them assume that their neighbourhood is safe. But the fact is that most thefts occur because of poorly hidden spare keys. It's best, therefore, to play it safe. Always avoid leaving your keys unsecured and exposed. Use key less locks or entrust your keys to trustworthy people.

3. Thefts happen only at night 
Now this is also a misconception across large sections of the urban populace, who still believe that thefts happen only at night, and ensure that every door and window is bolted properly. The same people are very relaxed during daytime, and don’t bother locking their doors when they step outside to run errands or to chit-chat with neighbours in their vicinity. Contrary to popular perception, many burglaries are carried out in broad daylight. Every home has a stream of visitors from the courier service to the odd handyman; some of whom keep a tab on the goings on in your neighbourhood and share vital information with burglars.



Modern home security solutions
To avoid such untoward incidents, be attentive and equip yourself with the best home security products and solutions on the market.

For example, one great idea would be to install a video door phone. Then, you wouldn’t have to open the door for people you don’t know. If you don't recognize someone turn on the camera, communicate with them, and then decide whether it is safe to open the door or not.

I hope that I’ve successfully debunked some break-in myths and that you will all be a little more alert and careful! 


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