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Protecting Your Family And Belongings

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Staying safe at home can be simpler for you and your family  if you heed a few hints from personal security expert Robert Siciliano, CEO of  ID Theft Security, and private investigator Robin Martinelli, of Martinelli  Investigations Inc.

What to Put in Place

• An alarm system can run the gamut from basic noisemakers to  complex notification programs, many with sophisticated options and service  packages.

• Lighting is important for discouraging crime. “Install huge  floodlights all around your house,” says Martinelli. “They deter  anyone.”

• Indoor and outdoor cameras are helpful but are more for gathering  evidence. “If you get video of the crime, share it with the police.  Hopefully, the evidence will help catch the thieves,” says Martinelli.

• “Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, many cable  companies are offering home security products that can be remotely programmed  and operated,” says David Gregg, Executive Director, Consumer Product  Newsgroup. “From checking on a new puppy to programming your heat and  lights, it’s never been so easy to keep an eye on things at  home.” Such services can even be included in your cable communications  and entertainment package.

• Install peepholes and talk through the door when you don’t  recognize someone.

• Remember, all locks are not made equal. Call a qualified  locksmith, one associated with a well-known lock manufacturer, to take a physical  security survey of your home and grounds.

• Signs are great deterrents. “Post ‘Beware of  Dog’ signs, even if you don’t have a dog, and put up security  signs and stickers,” says Martinelli.

Taking Extra Precautions

• Before you buy a home, check out the neighborhood. “Pull the  police records for your neighborhood for the last two years,” says  Martinelli.

• Martinelli also recommends documenting all your property.   “Video record or photograph everything in your home, noting the serial  numbers of items, and store the tape or chip in a safe-deposit box at the  bank.”

• Leave a light on around the house. “It is one of the best  precautions you can take,” says Martinelli. “Leave on lights,  televisions and music. People will assume you are home.” Use timers to  rotate which lights are lit, varying the rooms and time of night the lights  are on.

Staying Safe When Moving

• Moving to a new residence can be a vulnerable time. Those packing  boxes on the curb from a new flat-screen TV, sound system or small appliances  are a tip-off that you may have some attractive, expensive items. Break the  boxes down and take them to a recycling center.

• You’ll also feel safer if your Internet, TV and phone  services are set up, along with your utilities, from day one. It’s easy  to do in advance of your move at www.CableMover.com,  where you can learn more about cable home security options.