Safety Resources

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 on a variety of topics including home invasion prevention, fire prevention, and personal safety.  We also post safety tips to our Facebook and Twitter followers.

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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. The mindset of home invaders is different in that they will expect to encounter the homeowner and will be ready to use force to get what they want. Home invaders want the residents to be there so they are able to control the situation. Also, they want the homeowner there to 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

  • While at home, keep your security system armed in the stay mode.
  • Never rely on a chain-latch for a partially opened door.
  • Alert neighbors to suspicious solicitors and service persons.
  • Ask for ID to verify the identity of workers before they enter.
  • A wide-angle viewer or camera system helps identify visitors.

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?  Developing a fire escape plan is important for every home, especially those with children. 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.

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