IPVMU Certified | 03/15/16 02:26pm
It is a good list. I have some I'd add too based on my experience:
#16: The family dog barks like crazy at random blowing leaves and the postman, but apparently loves any intruder or strangers if they give belly rubs.
#17: Exterior lighting is not used/ or in disrepair.
#18: Homeowners misuse social media to totally blab about when they are NOT home (vacations, nights out, soccer practice, etc)
Nice tip on DIY security bolts:
Drive a long screw into the edge of the door on the hinge side, cut off screw head, leaving approximately 1/2"of screw shaft exposed. Drill corresponding hole in the door frame so that when door is closed, screw enters hole in door frame
Funny thing is that because of some Macho aversion to pre-drilling I ended up inadvertently making several of these rookie blunders "security studs" in my own door; and have been suffering the sarcastic barbs of pretty much every contractor coming thru the door since. Now thanks to Mike, I can hold my head high...
IPVMU Certified | 03/18/16 12:00pm
Oh and Silva has no mention of cameras which may imply they have no weaknesses or they really have no role in actually securing homes :)
Take a look at this study; it was done back in 2012 so you may or may not have seen it yet. It's a pretty fascinating read, dispelled a few myths I have believed in my whole life.
Similar to this topic, you often hear a recommendation to have your lights on randomized timers when you're away. While I don't think that is bad advice, it always seemed unnecessary to me. If someone is staking out your house and noting the exact time the lights come on, they'll probably also notice the lack of anyone coming or going.
Our lights have been automated for the last 20 years, key lights come on at dusk, and go off at set times if we're home or away. I've never felt like this predictability of lighting schedules made us a target.
IPVMU Certified | 03/20/16 02:32pm
Mike Silva always gives quality advice. One of the best consultants in the business.