If you have an alarm system installed in your home, you may feel as if you're doing all that you can to deter burglars from entering your home. While alarm systems are great for sending a signal to the company that your home is being threatened, there are a few things you can do to prevent the interest of thieves in the first place.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are a great investment for those who live in quieter areas, as well as those with yards that have poor lighting. Motion sensor lights deter thieves for one very obvious reason—they'd rather do what they do without being noticed.
While not all robberies happen at night, and in fact, the majority happen during the day, motion sensor lights can still be a deterrent to thieves. These lights aren't just for nighttime, but also for illumination of poorly lit areas of your home and yard.
Install Visible Security Cameras
As mentioned above, thieves like to do what they do without the threat of being seen. With visible security cameras, thieves are less likely to case and rob your home.
Security cameras also have the added bonus of alerting you to suspicious people in your area. If, on the video, you see what looks to be a salesperson or other house-to-house individual avoid your home once they notice the security cameras, it's possible that they were looking to case your home when you opened the door to speak with them. The cameras, once noticed, were a sign to them that they'd have a hard time of getting away with it.
Keep Your Inside Lights on a Timer
Keeping your lights on when away from home isn't always a deterrent to thieves. Burglars look for patterns, and lights that are continuously on can be a signal to them that you actually aren't home.
Putting your lights on a timer can be your best bet at preventing thieves from choosing your home. It's important that your lights aren't perfectly timed for the same time every day, as this can also be a sign to burglars that they're on a timer and you aren't actually home. Instead, it's best to vary the timer settings to imitate a home that is occupied. Remember: Thieves don't enter a home blind. Instead, they study the usual activity of the home to see when it's best to strike. Keeping your lights on a varied timer schedule can help to throw thieves off and prevent them from trying in the first place.
While a security system is a very useful tool for your home, there are other things you can do in conjunction with it to make your home less desirable to burglars. By keeping your property well lit and monitored, thieves will be less likely to strike.
For more information, contact American Wireless Alarm Inc. or a similar company.