Home Security Test Part 2: Debunking Myths about Home ProtectionBy Frank Santamorena August 27, 2012 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Home Alarm Systems
Take this TRUE
or FALSE quiz to hone up on your skills for protecting your loved ones
and your home and property;
6) When you go out of town, you
should leave your interior lights turned on so it will look like someone is
home, especially at night.
The answer is false. Rather than leaving your house dark or keeping the lights
burning all day and night — a sure sign that no one is home, and a waste of
electricity — you should set some interior and exterior security lights to go on and off
at different times during the day and night. Use timers and/or install
photosensitive lights that automatically turn on after dark and shut themselves
off at daybreak. For an added dose of reality, you can even put the TV or radio
on a timer so it will sound like someone is home as well.
a visual and written inventory of your possessions can increase the odds of
recovering them if they are stolen.
The answer is true. Having photos, videos and serial numbers of your valuables
can be extremely helpful in identifying your stolen goods. It's also a good
idea to engrave your driver's license number on any expensive electronic
protect small valuables such as jewelry and cash, hide them in unusual places
such as dresser drawers, in the freezer or under a mattress.
The answer is false. While it may sound odd to hide jewelry in the freezer or
keep cash in a bag of flour, enough people do it that burglars will search all
the usual (and unusual) hiding places. You are better off having a safe
professionally installed in your home or a home alarm siren to protect your
the presence of a large-breed dog will deter a burglar.
The answer is false. A burglar doesn't want anything to bring attention
to him, and barking dogs can draw notice. Thus, even a tiny yappy breed can
deter a burglar if it makes enough noise.
you go out of town, you should record a new message on your home answering
machine to let callers know where you are and how long you’ll be gone in case
there is an emergency.
The answer is false. Never record a message on your home phone indicating that
you are away from home. If a burglar obtains your phone number, it's an open
invitation for them to break in and help themselves.
Let’s please remember that “Security and Life Safety is a Family Matter”. We can truly make a difference when we are
able to talk to one another to remind each other that the little things we can do can make a world of difference to having a more secure and safe environment.
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