4 Tips to Secure Your Home

Secure Your Home First
When you set about making your home secure, there are many things to consider before considering home alarm systems. The police call this target hardening. What they mean is reinforcing the security of your home in order to create a stronger defense against intruders and thieves. Most theft is a crime of opportunity. As an Ottawa home owner, the more you can create security by prevention to deter, the better.
Here are 4 tips s to consider when looking at your home from the eyes of a would be burglar. 
Secure Your home Tip #1:
Landscaping and Yard Work
Go to the front of your house from the road and take a thorough look of your home. Look at all entrance ways and windows to see if they have a clear line of vision from the street. Are they hidden by trees, bushes or shrubs? If they are, make sure to keep them trim. Ensure that doorways and windows are clear from foliage and branch coverage. It is recommended to not have hedges higher than 3 feet tall. When hedges are too tall, they provide perfect hiding spots for thieves.
Keep your yard maintained so that your home appears to be inhabited. This means lawn mowed, leaves raked and snow removed.
If you have a path, consider making it out of crushed stone. These make noise when walked upon and can alert  you that someone is approaching.
Secure Your Home Tip #2:
Lighting
While some theft takes place while people are at work during the day, many burglaries take place under cover of night. Light is the enemy of many a thief. Good lighting around your home is another important thing to take into consideration when securing your home and surroundings. Lighting can make you feel safe and secure. It is good to have lights installed at all entrance ways on outside buildings such as garden sheds and garages.
There are 2 great sources of outdoor lighting to consider. There is the light  you can leave on at all times called a dawn til dusk light with a photo cell that detects when darkness arrives and turns on automatically or there are lights with motion detectors that turn on when motion is detected. The benefits of the one with a photo cell is that there is never a chance for a robber to hide. The benefit of the motion detector light is that it can take someone by surprise.
Secure Your Home Tip #3
Eliminate Hiding Spots
Take a walk around your home and out to the front to get a good idea of  how you would break into your home if you were locked out of the house. Look at all objects including trees, shrubs and sheds or garbage bins where an intruder may find a hiding place. As much as possible, eliminate or render access difficult. For example if you have a backyard gate, invest the $5 for the padlock to make it less accessible. Of course someone can always jump over but if the house down the street has less barriers to getting in and out quickly, a robber will target that house over yours.
Secure Your Home Tip #4
Eliminate Opportunity
Look around your home at what you have laying around that is a helpful tool for the burglar to enter your home. If you have ladders, rocks or tools be sure to secure them in a safe place rather than the front or back porch. Don’t leave your home as an open invitation to entry.
Most theft is for quick money. Burglars are looking for cash or quick converters to it. They want the robbery finished quickly. By ensuring you secure your home along with alarming your alarm system before leaving or retiring for the night improves your chances of keeping your home and family safe.
If you are considering a home monitoring system, please call our Alarm Systems Ottawa company to set up your Free security consultation.

Home Fire Alarms: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Home Fire Alarms…Time To Change Those Batteries.
Today is the day that citizens in Ottawa and those across Canada change their clocks back from daylight savings. Over 20 years ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs started a campaign to get people to change their home alarm batteries at the same time. This was done in an attempt to cut back on the loss of life from fire.
A simple thing like a battery is often overlooked but it can be the life saver in a home fire. In Ottawa alone we have lost 44 people to home fires since 2002. Some of these were preventable. Since 2006, every Ontario residence is required to have a working fire alarm in place.
By associating the battery change with the semiannual time change it is hoped that there will be an increase in working home fire alarms. Ottawa Fire Services is on board with both the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as well as the IAFC on this one. It takes minutes for your home to be devoured in flames and only minutes to add that one little bit of prevention…
Today when you change your clocks..REMEMBER to change your batteries. If you want more info on what our alarm systems can do for you give us a call at 613-800-8739 for your Free consultation.
 

8 Tips to Deter Burglars Even With Alarm Systems

Alarm Systems Ottawa Secured Homes
Ottawa is one of the safest cities in Canada to be living in. However we still have robberies and home invasions in just about every community in the Ottawa region. Investing in higher levels of security from a company like Alarm Systems Ottawa is well worth the investment even for better peace of mind that you and your family will be safer. They are certainly great to deter burglars from your home.
You can sleep soundly or travel somewhere else with ease and confidence that your home is protected.  If you equip your home with alarm systems Ottawa security you are assured that each precious thing you have inside your home is safe and secure.  However, aside from equipping your home with high-end alarm systems, you also need to take some precautions to keep it protected from thieves and burglars.  Here are some tips:
 8 Tips to Deter Burglars from Your Home

1. Be vigilant about getting to know the people living in your neighborhood.  Being familiar with your neighbors helps you easily detect strangers or suspicious looking people that may in fact be burglars.
2. If you are not a pet lover, you may want to reconsider this and get yourself a dog to guard your house.  Oftentimes, they prove to be helpful in warding off strangers long before they decide on trying to enter your premises. Most burglars scout out neighbourhoods beforehand and they plan to skip homes where they know they will find a dog. They want to be in and out in minutes even if they think they can get past any alarm systems in place.
3. Your household should have a pre-planned safe place where you can hide in case of a break in. Make sure this safe spot is also equipped with access to your alarm systems so you could easily call for help.
4. All members of the household should be part of developing a plan and the things that they should do, if ever they see strangers suspiciously hanging around the premises.
5. Avoid sharing too much personal information on where you live and when you are absent with people you do not know. This includes sharing images and status updates on your social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This only serves as an open invitation to thieves.
6. Make sure to do a thorough background check about your nanny or house help before you finally decide on hiring him or her.
7. Never flaunt your gadgets or appliances outside your house.  These can be very tempting in the eyes of the burglars.
8. Install a door viewer so if a stranger knocks on your door, never let him in. Instead, be ready to hit that  alarm systems button should there be any attempts of forcing entry to your house.

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