Thursday, July 20, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home #8: Insurance Claims

One other thing that you really can do that helps law enforcement and will help you in your insurance claim, should you fall victim to burglary. You've spent a lot of time and effort putting nice televisions, stereos, personal belongings in your home. Most of those have manufactures, model numbers and serial numbers. So my recommendation is create you a chart where you can write down the items.

Write down the manufacturer, the model number, the serial number and how much you paid for it. Get yourself an established value. Inventory everything because you never know what your insurance company may ask you for when you're filing for a loss. Once you've created that spread sheet take that next step and print it out and secure it somewhere else. There's nothing more disheartening than to realize you've taken all the time to make the spreadsheet and it’s in your computer and that was the item that was stolen.

So always having a hard copy is a good thing. It will sure make your job a lot easier, it will make law enforcement's ability to recover stolen items a lot better if they have models and serial numbers and values.

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6.) Burglar Proof Your Home #6: Garage Doors
7.) Burglar Proof Your Home #7: Alarm Systems
8.) Burglar Proof Your Home #8: Insurance Claims

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home #7: Alarm Systems

One of the other things we want to talk about when it comes to hardening the target is the use of alarm systems. There's a lot of different alarm dealers out there that are installing systems. My recommendation is that you do your homework.

Find out who is licensed and who is bonded before you just call anybody to come and install an alarm system in your home. A couple of things you want to think about, most alarm companies are going to offer you a basic package, which is going to probably take care of putting contacts at all your external doors and it’s probably going to offer you a motion sensor.

I would say that as a bare minimum, you want all your external doors contacted so that you know when one is opened. And you want to put at least a motion sensor in the house itself. The other thing to think about, most alarm companies are going to offer you some sort of monitoring service so if the alarm goes off, it sends a signal to a central monitoring area and then notify law enforcement to respond.

Most alarm systems are going to have some sort of siren unit in the home itself, so if that alarm goes off it creates an awful lot of noise which will obviously number one, alert the burglar and hopefully make them run out.

One of the things that you may want to think about if you're not going to be home, is putting that alarm in the silent mode so that if it does go off, it doesn't alert the burglar by sounding the alarm in the house but the central monitoring system does get the phone call and they alert law enforcement.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home #6: Garage Doors

Garage door openers have come a long way. This particular garage door opener is one of the unique ones because it has a randomly generated code. Which means every time it’s used, it will change the code itself. 

If you've got a much older home, you may find that you don't have the newer garage door opener. So what you may find is that the garage door opener code is actual set up by a series of what we call dip switches. So, it’s a matter of moving certain switches up and establishing some sort of pattern so the transmitter and receiver talk to each other.

The problem with those particular type of garage openers is, when the home builder puts them in, he goes and buys a bunch of them at one time. They're all come programmed the same way so what you will find is if you don't take the time and go to change and make your own unique code by setting those dip switches. A lot of garage door opener will open your own garage door.

That's the beauty of having the random code garage door opener that regenerates a code every time it's used for that transceiver. 

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