Maintaining locks and security systems is an important part of keeping your security tight; however, it's not the only consideration when it comes to maintenance. There are other aspects of the situation that you also need to maintain including locks and the general state of your yard and home.
Keeping Security Systems Visible
While it's true that security systems are obviously there to ensure that you are covered if a thief ever tries anything, they should also have considerable value in preventing that from happening in general. In order for this to be the case, it's important to make sure that potential thieves can see that you're covered.
There are a few ways you can do this. For example, you can make sure that your security sticker is prominent in all areas where thieves may be checking, such as windows and doors. You should also install the system in a place that's visible from the outside if possible. This may seem counterintuitive, but if thieves can see a system, they are more likely to stay away. If anything is altered to make the system less visible, or if stickers fall off, this should be corrected to maintain visibility.
Keeping Hedges Trimmed
Any vegetation that grows close to the house, including hedges, trees, vines, grass, or anything else, should be trimmed back quickly. All that this vegetation does is provide thieves with cover when they're trying to gain access to your house. You need to keep the space around your house clear and well-lit, and this means staying up to date with the maintenance.
It also means making sure that all of your lights are well-maintained and that you swap out light bulbs when you need to do so to keep them working at their best, for example.
The glass on your windows can become weakened over time. If a small crack has appeared in it from shutting it too hard or for any other reason, then you're going to want to repair or even replace the window as soon as you can. Cracks grow into bigger cracks, and the window could fail.
And even if it doesn't, you're letting a major security vulnerability exist in your house. One that thieves could definitely exploit eventually. If they can break a window much more easily than normal and with less of a ruckus, they will likely do so.
Keeping Locks Repaired
Thieves really do look for signs of wear on your locks. If the lock is obviously broken, this is even better. This applies both to external padlocks and all parts of your door including the deadbolt. They are often fairly obvious when they're broken, and repairing them quickly is important for maintaining a sense that your place would be hard to breach.
Overall, if you make maintenance of the little things a priority, it will help to make sure that the big things stay on track. Your security is worth the effort.
For more information, contact professionals like Hicks Safes & Locks Inc.