Electronic Security Association and Alarm.Org Offer Security Tips to Detect and Deter Criminal Activity When Selling Your Home

A news story featured on The Denver Channel and Good Morning America highlighted the vulnerability of homes that are listed “For Sale.” According to the report, unknown teens broke into a home that was listed for sale and threw a destructive party while the homeowner was away.

Unfortunately, homes that are listed “For Sale” are often targets for criminals, whether it is teens throwing a party, an opportunistic burglar or someone using more sophisticated measures to target and rob homes that are on the market.

Below are five tips to help you manage the security of your home while you are in the process of selling it:

  1. Install door and window sensors. No less than 30 percent of burglars gain access to a home through an unlocked window or door, according to a report featured in Consumer Reports and published by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  2. When placing your home on the market, consider installing a smart home security system with video surveillance. These advanced systems can detect potential criminal activity while you are away. They continuously capture and analyze everyday activity in and around the home, automatically sending an alert to your smartphone or professional monitoring center when unusual activity is detected, or a sensor is triggered.

  3. Prominently display your home security sign. More than 60 percent of convicted burglars said they would avoid a potential target home if they see an alarm system is present, according to a University of North Carolina at Charlotte survey.

  4. Set the environment. Keep your landscape neatly trimmed, especially shrubs and trees surrounding your home, so you are not providing a place for a burglar to hide. Incorporate motion-sensor, remote-controlled and/or timed lighting into your home and your landscape. If you have automated lighting, all the better. Use settings as if you were home to create a “lived in” environment.

  5. Remove valuables to a safe place, including prescription medication.

  6. Ensure your system stays armed after the realtor is gone. Smart home security can alert you when the system is disarmed and remind you if the realtor forgets to arm when leaving.

For more information, visit Alarm.org.

About the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and Alarm.org

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest professional trade association in the U.S. representing the electronic life safety, security and integrated systems industry. ESA is dedicated to educating consumers and businesses about security technologies, including intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control. Through Alarm.Org, we provide a wide range of information that will help consumers and businesses make smart security and life safety decisions.

Advances in technology are expanding the range of options available, making it easier than ever to customize security and life safety solutions to meet a wide variety of needs and budgets. Alarm.org provides extensive resources, including information about the latest technologies, reliable resources for installation and professional monitoring, as well as tips for using your system to its full potential. 

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