Whether you live in a big city, a small town, or somewhere in between, the odds are that your neighborhood has been affected by criminal activity and property crimes. These crimes can occur at any time of the day and can result in emotional stress as well as financial loss. Unfortunately, many homeowners make common home security mistakes which leave them vulnerable to burglaries, which can be avoided by proper planning and with the right help

Read on to learn more about these common home security mistakes and what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property!

Leaving Doors or Windows Unlocked

One of the simplest home security mistakes many homeowners make is indirectly inviting burglars right into their home. How? By leaving their doors or windows unlocked! While you may think of burglars as clever criminals who scale your home and quietly cut through a window pane like in the movies, the reality is a lot less exciting: they typically just walk right in.

Homeowners, especially those in neighborhoods they consider “safer”, are likely to leave doors or windows unlocked for convenience. But there’s nothing convenient about arriving home after a quick trip to the grocery store to find your home turned upside down with your prized possessions missing!

It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where you can’t even feel safe at home, but you can make things a lot easier for yourself by keeping doors and windows locked at all times. You may think it’s a hassle, but it’s a small price to pay if it means saving your home and valuables from being stolen.

Having No Home Security System

Home security is a real threat – and one that most homeowners aren’t prepared to face alone. Unfortunately, many people overlook some of the most basic security issues. The worst part is many people don’t realize that their home is vulnerable

A lot of people claim that they would notice someone breaking into their home, but the truth is, most burglars aren’t going to be wearing a ski mask, and most break-ins aren’t going to be in the dead of night when you’re at home. These are crimes happening in the blink of an eye when you aren’t home to do anything about it.

That’s why skipping a home security system is a serious home security mistake. The reality is you simply cannot be watching your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re at work, out to eat, or on vacation, your home is one of your most important investments, along with the possessions inside. Without a home security system, nothing is there to keep your valuables safe.

By investing in a home security system, you’re giving yourself the advantage against burglary:

  • Thieves prefer easy targets, a home protected by a home security system is less likely to be targeted
  • If someone does attempt a break-in, your home security system can often scare them off before they can accomplish anything
  • Monitored home security systems like those offered by Habitec Security improve police response time, giving law enforcement a better chance at capturing perpetrators in the act
  • In the event thieves make off with your valuables, a home security system with security cameras can help identify them and allow police to recover your possessions

Don’t make this common home security mistake! The investment you make today will save you far more down the road – along with preventing the emotional toll and stress associated with a home break-in.

Oversharing Online

Homeowners who are planning a vacation should be careful about what they share online. Everyone loves to show off their beautiful vacation photos – but doing so while on vacation is a giant beacon to anyone online that your home is unoccupied! It’s hard to tell these days who can see your posts online – and there’s nothing stopping a good friend from accidentally sharing information about your vacation to people you’ve never met. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

First, it’s a good idea to change your privacy settings on all of your social media accounts. The more restricted your account, the better! Keep in mind that anything on the Internet should be considered “public”, but you can dramatically reduce the chances of strangers seeing your posts when you turn your privacy settings to the highest level.

Secondly, if you’re going to share your vacation on social media, wait until you get home! Those vacation photos are going to be just as impressive to your friends and family when you’re safely back home. Besides, while you’re at the beach or in your beautiful 5-star hotel, this lets you focus on enjoying the moment instead of spending time on social media.

Lastly, in addition to oversharing vacations, you may want to consider the risks of oversharing about new valuables. It’s tempting to show off your new massive 4K TV, or that watch you received from your spouse, but these posts can be big signs showing potential thieves where a good score can be found.

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