Home Security Tips

Burglar in home.Knowing the ins and outs of your security system is essential for keeping the things most precious to you safe and sound.

Whether you are in Lafayette, Louisiana, Houma, or across the United States, these handy tips from Acadian Total Security will educate you and your loved ones on security system best practices.

Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries do not occur after the sun goes down. More than 65 percent of burglaries occur during the day while you’re away at work. Your home is usually more vulnerable when no one is there, but there are ways you can protect your family, your home and your property:

  • If you like to keep your windows open to let air inside, remember to always close and lock the windows before you leave the house. Teach your children or other relatives to do the same. If your windows don’t have locks, install some. When you aren’t home, keep your blinds and curtains drawn as well.
  • If your children arrive home from school before you, teach them to keep the door locked at all times and to never answer the door. Instruct and practice with them on using your alarm system correctly.
  • Burglars hate dogs. Why? Because they make noise. Putting a “Beware of Dog” sign in your front yard, whether you have a dog or not, can deter thieves from the threat of your pet alerting the neighbors.
  • Make sure children also know not to enter your home if something looks wrong, for example, if the front door is open or a window is broken. Teach them to call you, a trusted neighbor or the police.
  • Teach your children how and when to call 911. Some police departments have programs to help you, so check with your local dispatch center about their resources.
  • Don’t keep your spare key under your welcome mat, hidden in a plant or under a rock near the door, or above the doorframe. Intruders know to look in these places as well. Give every resident their own key and keep no spares, or move the spare key to an inconspicuous place in the backyard. You can also invest in electronic door locks with a keypad or smartphone connectivity, eliminating the need for a spare key altogether.
  • Keep your lawn cut and put any tools or outdoor equipment away after using them, so your home won’t look unoccupied.
  • Invest in home video surveillance, allowing you to keep an eye on your property from anywhere.
  • Place your alarm company signs prominently around your home, including on doors and windows, as they are proven effective as a visual deterrent.

Acadian Total Security processes more than three million alarms annually across the nation. The company provides home security and automation systems, fire and carbon monoxide detection, business systems, personal emergency response systems, GPS fleet and asset tracking and management, advanced video security systems, access control systems, and much more. All security systems and video feeds are monitored by Acadian Monitoring Services, with their three central stations certified by Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).