A lot of things can go wrong when it comes to protecting your family and property. Whether through human error or faulty equipment, it’s easy for burglars to slip through the cracks. Which is why it’s important to invest in a home alarm system designed to cover common security flaws. In this blog, we’ll highlight 6 of them and show you how a smart solution can help you overcome them in your Jacksonville, FL home.
Thinking You Don’t Need an Alarm
Most of our clients live in luxury communities with extremely low crime rates. For this reason, many feel security systems are unnecessary. However, high-end communities like Amelia Island in Florida and St. Simon Island in Georgia still average around 200 property crimes a year. Homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. You don’t want to take that risk when it comes to your family and valuable property.
Not Actually Using Your Home Alarm
Once you’ve invested in an alarm system, it’s important that you actually use it. Either due to human error or complacency, many homeowners fail to arm their systems regularly. This can be resolved through the use of geofences, schedules, or mobile apps that make it easy to activate your alarm when you leave the house or go to bed. There’s no point in paying for protection and not having it available when you need it.
Hiding Keys Anywhere on Your Property
If you have a dog walker, landscaper, or housekeeper coming to your property, you need an easy way to give them access when you’re not there. One of the most common home security mistakes is hiding keys on your property. No matter how ingenious you think you are, some burglar’s already thought of your secret location as well. Instead, you can invest in a home alarm system with remote access. Using your smartphone, you can check who’s at the gate or front door and let them in remotely.
Forgetting to Secure All Your Doors
In large luxury homes, it can be hard to check all your entry points to make sure they’re properly locked. It’s not surprising that a few windows or doors may fall through the cracks. Not only does this create an opportunity for burglars to enter your property, but it can also result in false alarms. Invest in a security system that lets you group all your locks so you can secure your entire home at the press of a button.
Not Giving Your Home Proper Lighting
Two common things that burglars look for in ‘easy’ targets is poor landscape lighting so they can escape unseen and unused properties where they won’t receive any resistance. We recommend incorporating a lighting control system to enhance your family’s safety. For one, it’ll be easier to ensure your home is properly lit once the sun sets through the use of schedules or centralized control. You can also incorporate ‘Vacation’ scenes to light up your home while you’re away, so it doesn’t look unoccupied.
Not Servicing Your Alarm System Regularly
Another mistake we commonly see is people assuming they’re set for life once they install a home alarm system. Like the rest of your technology, though, it requires constant upkeep. You should be working with a professional to ensure that alarms, locks, detectors, and cameras are working as needed. You can also consult with your local home security company to see if any new features are available.
Make sure that your home is safe whether you’re there with your family or vacationing across the globe. It’s time to upgrade to a smart security system that covers your property’s inherent vulnerabilities. To get started, fill out our online form for a free estimate.