test your home security systemHome security systems are designed to defend against thieves trying to break into your home. However, there are more threats then the masked thieves outside your home. Chances are your security system does not protect or cover any detached buildings or vehicles parked outside of your home.

In nearly one-third of identity theft cases, the culprit is usually a close family member or friend. The security system in your home probably isn’t protecting against this either. Even in cases where your identity is not the target, a snooping party guests or curious child may be able to get into places they shouldn’t.

The security system you are already using to protect the exterior of your home can likely also be used to protect certain things inside the home as well. Using entry sensors, typically attached to all the doors and windows in your home to alert you when any of the doors and windows are opened, is the key.

While most home security systems allow for entry sensor installation, the ideal setup will include the option to set silent alerts to text you whenever the sensor is tripped, without informing the police. For best results, your sensor should be wireless, because you don’t want a number of easy to see (and easy to cut and disarm) wires strung along the home protecting things.

Monitoring Your Liquor and Medicine Cabinets

If you’re worried about your teen, a house guest, or someone working in your home snooping in your liquor or medicine cabinets, then attaching an entry sensor to these cabinets you will be alerted as soon as someone opens it. This helps prevent medicine theft, as well as underage drinking.

Monitoring Your Safe

Home Alarm System Can Protect Your FamilyIf you have a safe in your home, you’re already doing a good thing to prevent thieves and snoops from gaining access to your important documents and valuables. However, if there is someone else in the home, or the family, who knows the combination, they can use it to gain access to things in the safe and wreck havoc, such as stealing your identity. A sensor on the inside of the door will alert you if the safe is ever opened, so you can determine who is accessing the things inside.

Monitoring Your Gun Cabinet

Placing an entry sensor inside the door of your gun cabinet will alert you the second someone opens it. If you use a gun cabinet in your home, it should always be locked. However, if you have children in the house, an extra level of protection is never a bad idea. Placing an entry sensor on the gun cabinet door will alert you as soon as someone opens it. It’s also possible to set it to trigger an alarm so you can be there in the event that it is opened.

Protect Your Vehicles and Other Buildings on Your Property

Burglars most likely do not want to test your home security system, but they may be tempted to break into a garage, shed, or other structure that is attached from your home. Placing sensors on these structures along with your vehicle, RVs, or trailers will provide an inexpensive way to protect your belongings. These wireless sensors are easy to install and can be set to alert you if anyone tries to open the shed or the vehicle. If you have anything like an RV or a boat parked in a long term storage facility off site, this can also be a great way to add an extra layer of protection.

As you can see, protecting your home with a home security system is much more than stopping burglars from getting in – it’s also about protecting things in and areas of your home from people who’ve been given permission to enter.

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