Successful burglars follow common patterns and tricks. They know how to find the weak points in a home’s security and exploit them, giving them access to your home and your valuables. When you’re planning a home security system, it’s helpful to think like a burglar – looking for your home’s weak points and potential danger zones, so you can pick a security system that shores up those weaknesses.
One common weakness is your keys. How many people do you know have a “clever” system for hiding a spare key, in case they forget theirs? Some people hid theirs under rocks or bricks or potted plants – enough so that doing that has become a cliché, and burglars know to look under things that seem out of the ordinary. Not leaving keys lying around is a good first step around this problem but a keyless entry system can be installed as part of your home security system, as well. This allows you to access your home via a personal code, like at an ATM – much more secure than leaving spare keys lying around.
Another thing to be concerned about are your security cameras. If you pick wireless security cameras, then tech-savvy burglars can jam its signal, preventing it from transmitting its information to your central monitoring system or cloud storage. For that reason, it’s best, when possible, to use hard-wired security cameras – and to keep those wires out of sight, so less tech-savvy burglars can’t just clip the wires.
Another thing to be wary of is your points of entry. You may want to cut corners and only install intrusion detection systems on the basement and first-floor doors and windows – and you might even skimp on some of the smaller windows, figuring your fence or thorny bushes will be enough of a deterrent. Any possible point of entry left unmonitored, however, is a potential weak point. Thieves are more than capable of using telescopic ladders to access your second floor, and we’ve seen burglars squeeze through some very tight windows you would have thought were inaccessible. Intrusion detection systems on all plausible points of entry are a must, and they can be supplemented with motion detectors as well – a backup line of defense if your home’s point of entry is breached.
Nowadays, clever burglars often ring the front door bell before attempting a break-in, to ensure no one else is at home. If no one answers, they proceed with the break-in. If someone answers, they come up with an excuse and leave without the owner of the home knowing anything is amiss. For that reason, it’s important to install an intercom system that allow you to answer the door remotely – either when you’re not at home, or to answer safely without exposing yourself to a violent intruder. Simply ignoring the doorbell could end up with a thief breaking in while you’re still at home, a potentially dangerous situation.
Consulting with a home security expert can help you discover these weak points and plan on how to stop them. Our engineers at Engineered Alarm Solutions will help you design the perfect system for your home, to keep you and your family safe.