Custom Security Systems is dedicated to the safety of the community in which we live and work. We are offering you, our friends and neighbors, free information to educate you on how better to protect your family. You can read tips, download information or view videos on a variety of topics including home invasion prevention, fire prevention and personal safety. Each week, we also post safety tips to our Facebook and Twitter followers.
Burglary vs. Home Invasion
Burglars usually do not want a confrontation with the homeowner. Their motivation is a quick theft without detection. They want to break-in, steal valuables and leave before you even know they are there. Unlike burglars, home invaders usually seek a confrontation with the homeowner. They operate with the notion that once inside the home they can work privately, without unexpected interruption by the homeowner or law enforcement. The mindset of a home invader is different in that he will expect to encounter the homeowner and will be ready to use force to get what he wants. Home invaders want the residents to be there so they are able to control the situation – no one will walk in on them to interrupt and no one will be able to contact law enforcement. They want the homeowner there so he will tell them where valuables are located and will provide information like ATM PINs, bank account numbers, and safe combinations.
Burglary Prevention Tips
- Do not place valuables where they are visible from outside.
- Change locks when moving into a home or when keys are lost.
- Never leave garage door openers or keys in vehicles.
- Store tools and ladders in locked storage areas.
- Avoid discussing vacation plans in public areas.
- Never leave a note on your door that indicates your absence.
Home Invasion Prevention Tips
- Keep your security system armed while at home.
- Never rely on a chain-latch for a partially opened door.
- Alert neighbors to suspicious solicitors and service persons.
- Verify the identity of workers before they enter by asking for ID.
- A wide-angle viewer or camera system helps identify visitors.
- Download First Alert Booklet on Home Invasion Safety
Do You Have a Fire Escape Plan?
Having fire and smoke detection equipment in your home is only the first step in fire safety. Have you and your family discussed what to do in case there is a fire and you need to escape your home? Every home, especially those with children, should develop a fire escape plan and then practice it at least twice a year. Your escape plan should include two ways to exit each room, an awareness of how to escape your home in the dark, and a pre-arranged meeting place safely away from the home. For more Fire Safety Tips, Download First Alert Fire Safety booklet