If we think we have burglary figured out, we probably have it all wrong. In our quest to protect our family, home and possessions we do all that we think is the right and smart thing to do. The problem is, we might be getting it all wrong. Here are the ways some common misconceptions might actually make your home more vulnerable, and what you can do about it.

Does Hiding Your Valuables Really Work?

If you are like most of us, you’ve probably read many articles about where to hide your valuables. You have your coin collection wrapped in foil in the freezer right next to grandma’s jewelry. You have some valuables stashed in the toilet tank, in the kid’s room, and in the cat litter container. The problem is that the burglars have read the articles, too, and knows where valuables are most likely to be found. So, in some ways you might actually be making it easier for a burglar to get the goods.

Best Bet : If you have seldom used valuables and heirlooms rather than hide them in the home, get a safety deposit box and let the bank guard them.

Nothing Really Deters a Determined Burglar, Right?

Burglars want to get valuables and do it fast without being observed and caught. To do this they want to gain entry in the fastest and easiest way possible- usually within 60 seconds and through the front door. And there must be plenty of vulnerable homes because a burglary happens about every 15 seconds somewhere in the US. Does that mean that nothing really stops them? No. It means many of us are not implementing the deterrents that do work. Here are several affordable, easy, and effective deterrents.

  • Home Security Systems. When committed thieves were polled, most said they would avoid a home with a home security system. In fact, homes without a monitored home security system are three times more likely to be burglarized than those with a home security system.
  • Use Home Automation. Since burglars want to go undetected, they choose homes that are unoccupied. By using home automation to look and sound home you make your home an unattractive target.
  • Security Camera. Install ample security cameras to cover the areas of vulnerability. Use a video doorbell for the front door and cover the back door, windows, and garage, as well as having the interior of the home covered by smart security cameras.
  • Motion Sensored Lights. Smart lighting is a big problem for burglars because not only does it expose them, they can trip an alert that goes right to your phone so you know something is not right.
  • Cars in the Driveway. If you have more than one vehicle, rotate which you use and leave one in the driveway when you are gone for the day. Doing this, and when paired with using home automation to fake occupancy, the potential burglar finds your property to be too risky.
  • Schedule Services During Most Vulnerable Hours. If you have home services such as yard care, pool cleaners, or window washers schedule their visits during the most vulnerable hours of the day, from 10am to 3pm, when most residents are away.
  • Beware of Dog Signs. Burglars pay attention to the more than average “beware of dog” signs such as ones saying things like “My dog can make it to the fence in 3 seconds. Can you?” If you do not have a big scary dog, you can use the sign and put out a dog dish to seem like you do.

Brinton Security proudly provides smart security in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and KaKansas to keep you connected to what matters.

Others can scoff all they want; we know the truth. That smart garage door is one of the most important elements in your smart home security system. That’s because the garage is more than just the place your store your car and other assorted valuables, it is also in most cases one of the most used entries into the home.

A Smart Garage Door is Step One to a Thoughtful Home

They may not get a lot of attention but smart garage doors deserve a little time in the limelight. While convenient, the smart garage door is is not purely or primarily a convenience. It’s one of the first components in making your home thoughtful, responsive, and intelligent.

Keeping Track of Goings and Comings

Whenever the garage door opens and closes, you can receive an alert through your smart phone app. If the door opens at an unexpected time, you will know that something needs your immediate attention. That is helpful to anyone, but especially someone trying to keep track of a busy family. This is even more useful when users have a unique code so that you (and your smart home) know the difference between your dog walker popping in for a few minutes and a family member’s arrival home for the day.

It Makes a Difference in Energy Consumption

When your garage door is part of a connected home, opening and closing it can trigger other smart home responses, such as turning off or on heating or air conditioning. This means no wasted energy.

Countless Connected Possibilities

Connectedness is the name of the game in today’s world and we can only expect an ever-increasing number of connected home appliances. Already, a smart garage door can be synced to the smart home hub and any activity with the door can trigger other activities such as turning on or off lights and appliances. This makes the home responsive to your needs and usage patterns.

Forget Forgetting

When others are rushing off to work and forgetting to close their garage door, you can rest easy because your love for all things geeky and connected is working in your favor. Once the system detects inactivity for the predetermined amount of time, you get an alert on your phone so you can close it remotely from the other side of the block, town, or country.

Brinton Security has been dedicated to providing protection for both residential and commercial properties throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.