Is your home safe? Sure it's baby-proofed from top-to-bottom, and it may feel safe when you're at home, but is it really secure? No matter how safe your home feels, you're likely guilty of these home security bad habits.
Luckily, bad habits can be broken. Here are the safe solutions to break your home security bad habits.
Problem: Out-of-Date Smoke Detectors
Did you smoke detector go kaput years ago? If you took the batteries out to stop the beep, beep, beeping, and never replaced them, you're practically committing a home security crime. It is critical to have working smoke detectors in your home 24/7 in order to keep your family safe. Unfortunately, many homes are equipped with out-of-date detectors.
Solution: Nest Protect
Equip your home with a device that works as hard as you do to keep your family safe. Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that speaks and even alerts your smartphone. When the alarm goes off, and your mind starts to race, Nest Protect calmly alerts you where the problem is located and whether it is smoke or carbon monoxide. Its industrial-grade smoke sensor regularly tests itself, so you don't have to, and lasts for up to 10 years. And you won't have to deal with that annoying beeping. Nest Protect can be quieted from your phone via the companion app's silence feature.
Problem: No Security Cameras
Criminals avoid homes with security systems. It's a fact. The University of North Carolina found through research that 60 percent of burglars stated that the presence of a security system influenced their choice to target a home. If your home isn't equipped with a security system, your family is at risk.
Solution: High-Definition Security Camera Systems
Home security camera systems can reduce the chances of your home becoming a target. Lorex Technology offers a vast range of both indoor and outdoor home security camera systems that can keep your home protected. Sometimes break-ins are inevitable, despite preventative measures; criminals are bold. However, with a security camera system in place, you can catch a criminal in the act, as many of today's top security systems offer high-definition and even a color picture.
Problem: Unlocked Doors
Unlocked doors are a big problem. Nearly 30 percent of burglars enter through a home's unlocked doors or windows, according to data reported by SafeWise. It happens all too often -- you're in a rush, your hands are full, your kids are fussy and the door slams behind you, and you go on your way. Then, 10 miles down the road, kids in tow, you panic. "Did I leave the doors unlocked?" Never second-guess yourself again.
Solution: Smart Locks
We can do almost anything via our smartphones, and that goes for locking our doors, too. With the August Smart Lock, you can always rest assured that your home is secure and that the doors are locked. The August Smart Lock makes your smartphone a key, allowing you to control your locks from anywhere. You can even use the app to unlock the door for guests while you're away or create virtual keys for the babysitter, for example, and even keep track of who comes and goes -- all from the palm of your hand.