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Securing Peace of Mind: The Importance and Benefits of a Residential Home Security Checkup

Physical Security Assessment

As an independent security consultant, I was approached by a neighbor whose home had been burglarized. They asked me to perform a residential home security checkup, and the experience underscored for me why these checkups are so important:

  1. Prevention of break-ins and burglaries: The checkup allowed us to identify and address potential security vulnerabilities in their home, significantly reducing the risk of future break-ins and burglaries. Common security vulnerabilities include physical entry points such as front doors, back doors, and first-floor windows. Garages can also pose risks, especially if they have direct access to the home.

  2. Protection of family and belongings: The security measures we put in place helped ensure that their loved ones and valuable possessions were safe and secure.

  3. Peace of mind: Knowing that their home was properly secured provided them with peace of mind and helped them feel more comfortable and relaxed in their living space.

  4. Insurance discounts: Some insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance premiums for homes with certain security features in place. This can lead to unexpected financial benefits.

  5. Increased property value: A home with a strong security system in place may be more attractive to potential buyers, leading to an increase in property value.

In today’s digital age, home network security and smart home devices also play a crucial role in home security. Many home users share misconceptions about the security of their networks. Most attacks can occur on any type of network—big or small, home or business. Regular software updates, removing unnecessary services and software, adjusting factory-default configurations on software and hardware, and changing default log-in passwords and usernames are some of the steps to improve the security of a home network. Devices with vulnerabilities include cameras, motion sensors, light bulbs, home automation systems, and more. Reported instances of smart home attacks have included hackers remotely controlling smart lights and smart TVs, unlocking IoT-enabled doors, and remotely turning on and streaming video from smart cameras.

Overall, a residential home security checkup can help protect your home, your family, and your belongings, while also providing peace of mind and potential financial benefits. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take proactive steps to protect your home. Schedule a residential home security checkup today to ensure the safety and security of your home and loved ones. As a security consultant, I can attest to the priceless peace of mind it brings.

About the Author

Joseph Paul Manley is the Founder and Principal of Risk Mitigation Technologies, LLC, an Independent Security Management Consulting and Training firm with a focus on Workplace Violence Prevention, Education and Mitigation. Paul is the author of "How to Stay Calm and Aware in Any Situation: A Practical Guide to Situational Awareness and De-escalation Strategies." Paul is a retired Massachusetts Police Lieutenant, Adjunct Lecturer, Board-Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (WVTS), Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist (CCIS), Security Expert, and Trainer.

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