Vacation break-in: Home maintenance to keep your house safe

Do you worry about leaving your home unattended when you go on vacation? Unfortunately, many people...

Do you worry about leaving your home unattended when you go on vacation? Unfortunately, many people experience home break-ins while on a trip, but you don't need to worry as much if you have a home security system. With a home safety system, it is important to make sure that you schedule regular home maintenance inspections to ensure that the system is functioning properly. Your properly running security system will act like a barrier that will keep criminals out of your home, and away from your belongings.

A standard security system will monitor the doors and windows of your home, but other security systems also offer more extensive protection, if you're willing to pay a little more. Motion sensors can be installed to monitor movement in various rooms. Some systems will not only detect a break-in, but will also alert the authorities if there is a fire or high levels of carbon monoxide.

A central device controls the system, and will usually require a pass code to operate. For this reason, it is very important to keep your pass code private and safe. Your central device will connect to an external security company that will alert law enforcement if a break-in is detected, so you don't even need to be home in order for the authorities to help you. Just make sure that you have a home maintenance professional check that your system is in proper working order, and always make sure that you turn on your home security device before you leave on your trip.

If you don't want your home security system to seem obvious, consider hiring an Atlanta-based remodeling professional to create a custom central control in your home that will blend in to the surrounding features. For example, you could have a central control that is built into the wall and concealed by a hidden panel, or installed underneath a countertop, where nobody can see it. Talk to your remodeler to find out how you can conceal your security device. He can even work with a security company in the Atlanta area to have the device installed and concealed at the same time.

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