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Keep Your Home Security System up to Date

Your Burglar or Intruder Alarm and Home Insurance Coverage may be Compromised During a Remodeling Project

© 2011 by Alex Corcoran; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

A Brinks home security keypad; photo courtesy Kelly Smith

Some of us never really think about the security of our homes. For example, living in rural areas some people never lock up their house and leave the keys in the car ignition most of the time too!

This is unheard of behavior for anyone living in a town or city unless you are talking about life in the last century, of course. For most of us, home security is a vital consideration, especially if you have spent a lot of time and effort renovating your home to be your perfect haven.

A Home Improvement Project can Compromise Your Security System

If you have recently undertaken any home improvement work and have redecorated, or are planning to do so, you may not have considered the implications on your home security.

Interior security systems, or burglar alarms, may be either wireless of hard-wired. Is one better than the other? It just depends on application and other factors. Either way, a renovation can compromise the system.

A Brinks motion detector; photo courtesy Kelly Smith For example, if you take down interior walls it may affect your alarm system or wiring for any security lights you have both inside and outside. You may have changed windows and doors that could have different locks which may be better or less secure than the ones you had previously.

A wireless system that incorporates a motion sensor may have to be re-configured because any change in walls, case openings, door locations, etc. may result in “dead spots” in which an intruder can operate undetected. Don’t forget to pay attention to these elements.

Your Homeowners Insurance Coverage may be Affected

Remember that quite often your home contents and building insurance policies stipulate the level of security alarms, locks, and so on, which are required in order for the coverage to be valid.

For this reason, it is critical to ask your insurance agent to visit and sign off on your home when the remodeling project is complete and your intruder and theft monitoring system has been re-configured. Better safe than sorry.

As well as making sure you and your nearest and dearest are safe and secure at home it is also important to make sure that everyone is familiar with the various escape routes in case of a fire or other incidence.

Keep your keys in the same safe places all the time so that everyone knows where they are and make sure keys for window locks are readily available too. Get the kids to practice and make sure they know how to operate the locks and alarms. No one wants to get trapped in their own home if they really need to get out!

Security and insurance are two of the best ways to protect yourself and give peace of mind to everyone in your home. Sleep well knowing you are safe.

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