Audio Advice Security expert Lee Campbell recommends this list of home security tips compiled by a retired NYPD detective.
- Get to know your neighbors. (Their children, activities, and vehicles.)
- Install motion activated security lighting.
- Replace door strike plate screws with 3” screws where possible. (Not possible with side lights on a door.)
- Use variable light timers when on vacation.
- Have trusted neighbors set out your trash on garbage day. Have them pick up your papers and mail or put a stop on it while away.
- For sliding doors, use a rod 1” longer than the opening and place at an angle with the lower end against the sliding door.
- Caution on window pins. They may restrict entry, but they are dangerous during a fire.
- Keep your landscaping cut low around windows.
- Consider plants with thorns such as holly in front of windows.
- Never leave ladders exposed.
- Consider leaving music playing while not at home.
- Install a monitored security system.
- Yard signs from a legitimate security company have shown to reduce your chance of a break in by 15% or more, but make sure your bushes have not grown to cover them up.
- If you are away during the day, leave blinds and shutters open so neighbors can see in.
In North Carolina, most break-ins occur between 9AM and 3PM. It’s a good idea to keep the alarm on and doors locked during the day as well as night.
Audio Advice provides a wide variety of home security systems (with monitoring options) along with our many home entertainment possibilities. We can install a Lutron lighting system that plays back a vacation schedule that can vary day to day, plus timer-activated music systems. Consult with our security professionals and see what’s right for your home.