ADT Provo, Utah

Encouraging Smart Home Security Habits at Home
Some people grow very stressed when it comes to home security; they constantly make sure every door and window is shut and locked. Others have a more lax attitude; they feel that nothing bad will happen in their communities, encouraging them to freely leave windows and doors unlocked, even when they are not at home. Still others have a moderate approach where they leave windows open when they are at home, but shut them before venturing anywhere. In some cases, people with different perspectives on home security end up living the same house. When one person wants to keep everything closed up all of the time and another wishes to bring in fresh air as much as possible, a pugnacious atmosphere can descend upon the house. The time spent fighting with one another about how to keep the home safe can be time wasted in developing a reasonable plan for home security. Getting everyone to agree to a particular plan can happen with some time and some tips. 1. Assess the Risk Some individuals have an over-exaggerated idea of how much in danger they truly are. For example, they may constantly scroll through news sites on social media, thereby exposing themselves to more of the negative news in the world. On the other hand, some residents do not think that crime is possible at all in their communities. They ignore the news and base their assumptions on what they see, not what the reality is. Gaining a sense of how often crime happens in the community is important, and homeowners and renters should also know the types of crimes. For example, if vandalism of property outdoor is a major issue, then they may need to look into home surveillance systems. 2. Create a Budget While disagreements about home security can arise for a variety of reasons, they may come into fruition because of financial concerns. For example, one member of a couple may want an elaborate security system with all of the trimmings while the other does not feel that such a system is necessary at all. Home security and home surveillance systems can seriously help with keeping a home safer. Potential criminals may see that a house has a security system and pass it by because they know breaking in will be more difficult and that their chances of getting caught are greater. Still though, not everyone can afford the top-of-the-line products. Family members can come to an agreement that they will start with a basic system and add on later when they can afford to do so. 3. Build New Habits Part of the problem might be that some family members are so used to coming in the front door and not locking it or leaving their bedroom window open when they leave for work. Constantly following someone around and telling him or her to shut the window or lock the door seems laborious, and it likely will prove to be so. However, after a period of time, individuals will begin to integrate these new habits into their daily routines. Constant reminders can come across as a nuisance, but they are worth it when it all relates back to safety. 4. Post Reminders Some members of the family might continue to have their lax attitude about home security. As a result, they do not make implementing these new habits a priority. In fact, they may even close their ears when parents or spouses ask them to remember to complete a task. A less aggressive approach can involve posting notes around the house. For example, if these individuals always exit through the front door, parents may want to put up a sign that reminds them to check certain items before they leave the house. These notes are useful for people who are serious about home security too. They may know that they tend to forget, especially when they are trying to integrate new habits. Therefore, they can look to the notes for guidance. 5. Set the Security System Constantly having the police or fire department come to the house for an alarm is an improper way to teach relatives how to properly protect the home. Therefore, residents need to see how exactly how their systems work and what the response time is. One peep from the alarm system can immediately have the police or fire department come to the home. However, people may want to see if testing the system is possible. When others in the house are startled by the noise of the system, they may receive a stark reminder that they need to ensure that the windows and doors are closed at all times. 6. Create Rewards and Punishments When children are in the home, expressing the importance of home security is often difficult. Kids tend to feel inviolable when they are home with their parents, so they do not necessarily recognize the same dangers that parents do. Therefore, adults may need to implement a series of rewards and punishments for kids when they do and do not follow the proper home security measures. For example, if teenagers continue to fail to turn the alarm system on, parents may want to ground them for a day or for the weekend. Maintaining a secure home environment is important. Too often, people think that nothing will happen in the place where they live. Therefore, they neglect home security. For the individuals who are concerned, these tips can help them encourage the rest of their family members too.