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Your security system gives you peace of mind, and rightfully so—especially when it’s tailored to suit the needs of your home and family! Of course, when it comes to protecting your loved ones and most-prized possessions, you want to cover yourself in any way possible.

Below, check out our list of 5 home security tips that every homeowner should be aware of—even if you’ve got a top-notch security system installed!

1) Utilize Yard Signs and Windows Stickers

Of course, it’s the high-tech equipment inside your house that protects you in case of an intrusion, but did you know that the low-tech equipment outside—ie: yard signs and window stickers—can be a big deterrent to potential criminals as well?

Keep in mind, most residential burglars are amateurs, looking for the easiest targets, and in some cases, the knowledge that your home is equipped with an alarm system is enough to keep those less-brazen intruders at bay.

Security Note: Yard signs and window stickers should always be used as the first line of defense against intruders, and not your sole means of home security. Remember, yard signs might supply the bark in these situations, but it’s your monitored home security system that’s responsible for the bite!

2) Open Your Doors and Windows Sparingly

We get it, it’s hot outside, and it’s tempting to open up those doors and windows and let the fresh air circulate!

The bad news is, open entryways mean a disarmed security system to those on the prowl, and home intruders are always seeking a clear opportunity to get in and out (and remember, doors are the most common entry point for burglaries).

Open windows can be an issue as well, and not only because they’re a quick way in. In some cases, potential intruders can utilize this opportunity to prop open or obstruct your windows from closing all the way, leaving an accessible route for a return visit.

Which all goes to say: go ahead and open your windows when the feeling strikes!—just remember to always be present, and to lock up those perimeters when you’re stepping away.

3) Window Coverings are Your Friend

The sun is shining! Who wants to keep their curtains closed on a clear sunny day? This recommendation, much like the last one, is a simple reminder to be aware of what you’re showing off to the world. Put yourself in the shoes of a burglar. What can you see through your window from the street? Anything valuable? Anything that would imply to a stranger that you might have some nice things inside? What about visible entryways or escape routes? Or your panel—can an intruder see if your security panel is armed or disarmed from the porch?

Like we said, this isn’t about changing your lifestyle or living in fear. It’s about being proactive and aware of your surroundings!

4) Be Cautious on Social Media

You’ve heard it before—if you’re going out of town, make sure the list of that in-the-know are on a need-to-know basis. After all, an empty house is a home intruder’s dream come true. But what about social media? As technology evolves, so do the tools of those seeking to cause havoc. For instance, is it a good idea to post trip information on Facebook? What about pictures or location “check-ins” while you’re away? If your account is set to private, what’s the harm? Only your “friends” have access, right?

While that may be true, it’s always a good rule of thumb to keep details about your vacations under wraps, even digitally. After all, while you may know and trust all 500 of your Internet “friends,” what do you really know about their friends, the ones playing around on your friend’s unlocked smartphone? Or what about a friend who accidentally leaves his or her account logged-in on a public computer, their “newsfeed” left open for everyone to see?

Best advice? As painful as it might be, it’s probably best to wait on posting those vacation pics and updates until after you’re back in town.

(In any case, shouldn’t you be enjoying your time away? Zuckerberg’s a billionaire—Facebook will be there when you get home.)

5) A Clean Front Lawn is a Safe Front Lawn

This one is a two-parter.

Part one involves picking up and storing all toys, bikes, barbecue grills, ride-on mowers, and other fun things whenever they’re not in use. Not only are they easy targets for grabbing, but much like leaving your windows unobstructed, a yard full of nice toys may imply a house full of kids inside, which could potentially mean a house full of video games and other cool gadgets. More than that, expensive toys on the lawn might mean parents with money to spend on other expendables/expensive things of their own.

Part two of this tip is to keep your front lawn clean of any unruly bushes or other easy places to hide. Make a potential burglar’s job as difficult as possible!

About FE Moran Security

Founded in 2003, FE Moran Security Solutions has become one of the largest electronic solutions providers in the United States, currently ranked #35 by SDM magazine. Our alarm monitoring capabilities backed by our 5 Diamond certified Central Monitoring Station allows our customers to have assurance and reliability for both life safety and property protection awareness.

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