home secuirty mistakes

As a responsible homeowner, you want to protect your home and loved ones from thieves and criminals. You have the best intentions and want safety and security for your loved ones, belongings, and property. But how do you decide the best option for you and your home and avoid making a costly mistake? ABC is here to help!

Homeowners often make so many mistakes regarding their security that it’s hard to pick just five. Some runners-up include homeowners who forget to lock their windows, those who have alarm panels visible from the street, and even homeowners who forget to arm their system when they leave the house. But these are the top five security mistakes made by homeowners:

Let’s look at the five most common security mistakes homeowners make.

  • No Security System Installed

This is the most common home security mistake made by homeowners. Would you drive without a seatbelt or skydive without a parachute? Owning a home without a security system is not a smart move. Why risk your home, belongings, and the safety of your loved ones?

  • Only Having Only One Camera

Many homeowners make this mistake. They install only one camera for their home, usually a video doorbell or fixed internet camera. They install this one camera and relax, thinking that their home is now protected. But the truth is that you need so much more protection than what a single camera can provide. An average home needs 2-3 cameras to get the coverage required to protect the home adequately.

  • Hiding a Spare Key Outside

A classic, common mistake that often results in homeowners being robbed. Hiding a key outside a home may seem convenient initially, but it is ultimately a bad idea due to security risks. By leaving a key in an easily accessible location, you essentially invite potential intruders. Experienced burglars know common hiding spots, such as under doormats, flower pots, or fake rocks, and can easily find and exploit them.

  • No Lights or Cameras on the Side of the Home

Most homes have a front, a back, and sides. All of these need protection from criminals. Blind spots in security, such as on the sides or back of a property, are openings for thieves. Adequate lighting and cameras deter potential burglars, as they expose their activities and make them more visible. Without proper lighting, the side of a home becomes a dark and hidden area where intruders can easily operate undetected.

  • Self-Monitoring a Security System

Too often, homeowners think they can save money by monitoring their security systems themselves. But this frequently proves to be a costly mistake. With a professionally monitored security system, you can have confidence knowing that trained experts are actively looking out for your security 24/7, providing a level of protection that surpasses what a self-monitored system can offer.

Avoid Painful Lessons

Protecting your home against thieves and intruders is one of the most important things a homeowner has to do. And avoiding these common security mistakes can significantly enhance your safety and peace of mind. Remember to have a security system with monitoring, ensure you have enough cameras for your property, have motion sensor lights around the perimeter of your home, and never leave a key hidden outside. By taking these steps, you can fortify your home against potential threats and enjoy a greater sense of security within the confines of your sanctuary. 

With our decades of experience, ABC’s security experts have seen it all. Contact us; we can help you avoid these and other security pitfalls. And we can help you design, install, and monitor a robust system to protect your property best. For more information, call ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm today at 504-889-9795