Home Security Systems
Did you know that every twenty seconds, someone discovers a stranger in their home or returns home to find a stranger has ransacked their belongings? All you have to do is watch the news to see that crime can happen to anyone at any time. Even if you live in a thickly populated subdivision, and even if your neighborhood is friendly and has a crime watch, your home can still be targeted by thieves. Those who are fortunate, have insurance to cover the loss of their material goods, but no amount of insurance can replace the feeling of having your personal space violated. You might think that because someone’s always home, you’re at less of a risk for a break in, but you would be wrong. Criminals are becoming more and more bold, even breaking into homes in broad daylight with the owners in the house!
Did you know the majority of crimes happen between 10 AM- 3 PM?
Benefits of Watchful Neighbors
No one is exempt from a home break in. From everyday citizens to celebrities, senators, even police officers, homes are burglarized without consideration for who lives in them. Even though thieves have become more brazen over the years, what most of them don’t want to do is to get caught by watchful neighbors. They don’t want to get hauled into jail by police, which is just one reason that alarm systems that employ an earsplitting sound when they’re set off can be a great crime deterrent. However, if your home doesn’t have any close neighbors, an experienced thief will ignore the noise and keep looting your stuff. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a watch program, you can start one here: https://www.nnw.org/register-watch.
Hard-Wired and Wireless Security Systems
Home security systems can make sure that your security needs are taken care of. For the protection of your home, you have more than one option to look at when selecting a home security system. Two of the most popular systems are one that is wired into your home (hard wired) and one that isn’t (wireless). Make sure that you know which system you want. Hard wired systems are usually a bit more reliable than wireless systems, however, wireless systems can be used in places and situations where hard-wired systems cannot. Some things to look for in a good alarm system include motion and/or heat detectors as well as photoelectric sensors. Additionally, “glass breakage” sensors are important as they can “hear” when glass has been broken.
A vital part of preventing a home theft and even recovering your things in the event of a home intrusion is using home security camera surveillance. There are several factors and features about security cameras that you’ll want to take into consideration before making a purchase. The first consideration is whether your camera will be indoors or outdoors.
Some people prefer to place cameras outside of their residence, while others prefer to place a camera in a strategic spot in their homes such as a bedroom or office, and a select few will use both indoor and outdoor cameras. Once you’ve decided which type of home security surveillance camera will best suit your needs, you’ll want to consider if your camera should be equipped with night vision capabilities. If you work the late shift, this might be a good idea to keep the burglars at bay. You’ll also want to decide how many cameras you’ll need and where they’ll be placed. For instance, the first place an intruder will go to in your home is usually the master bedroom. Money and valuables are usually stored here, so it’s only logical that a criminal would visit your bedroom first.
Another consideration for those purchasing a security camera is whether to get a camera that records in black and white or color. While color is more expensive, the advantage is that it’s easier to view what’s happening in your home in real time more accurately while black and white can be a bit distorted. You also want to go with a high resolution camera. It can be tempting to use a camera with a lower resolution and the accompanying lower price tag but don’t be fooled. These cameras are seldom as good as the high resolution version.
Once you’ve selected a camera, make sure you check out the storage limits. Will the camera store twenty-four hours worth of data? When the data limit has been reached, what happens? Will the data be sent elsewhere or will the camera record over it? Remember, the ultimate benefit of home security camera surveillance is the peace of mind you and your family will gain from having one.
Most companies require a signed contract, and you want to read this very carefully to see what you’re committing yourself to before you buy. Not all systems are built alike. You can find some that will encompass all of the entry points in your home (windows, doors, basement, etc.) and you will find that others will cover only a few entry points, and you will have to choose which ones are covered.
For example, if you have a three-story home, odds are, you won’t need the third floor windows to be wired into the system. If you have a way for an intruder to gain easy access to a third floor window, (such as a fire escape), then you would want those windows wired in as well as the lower floor windows. Then if someone opens any of those entry points, the alarm is activated.
With home security systems, you’ll get a main control pad and, depending on your security plan, you’ll get additional keypads to place at different points in your home. The type of monitoring you’ll get on your monthly plan will depend on whether you go with one where your home is observed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or whether you go with a less expensive service.
Depending on which type of security company you sign on with, you’ll also get fire monitoring and some extras, too. If you decide that you want a motion detection system, you’ll need to first take into account your family’s activities.
If you have pets, or teens that come and go at all hours, a motion sensor system might not be the best choice. However, many alarm companies can install motion sensors that are pet friendly.
Home security systems are going to cost you based on the level of protection you buy. If you buy a plan that also monitors the outside of your home as well as the inside, you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 on up for installation, plus whatever monthly fee the company charges.
Having a home security alarm won’t do you any good if you don’t use it. This tends to be an area where many homeowners get lax. It doesn’t matter if you buy the most expensive system on the market; it can’t protect if it can’t connect. Don’t make it easy for an intruder to get into your home. Buy a system and then use it faithfully to protect the ones you love as well as your valuables.
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It’s true that alarm systems are no longer so confusing to install that only a professional can figure them out. It’s true that wireless alarm systems are now one of the top, most installed systems in homes today.
While it’s true that monitoring services can protect your home,–it’s also true that even a monitoring service is not theft-proof. Due to the cost of a professionally installed and monitored system, many homeowners are now choosing to take care of their home’s protection themselves.
Getting the necessary supplies is as easy as ordering the systems online and having them delivered. One of the main perks is that you’re going to save on the equipment and also the cost of paying for a professional installer’s time to set up the system. Setting one up is as easy as being able to read – if you can read the directions, you can accurately put in the system. There is one challenge with the do it yourself home security system versus home security service, and that is the wiring.
If you decide that you want to go with a hard wired system, unless you’re an electrician or have successfully installed a system into a home before, you’ll want to pay to have the installation done. The potential to mess up your home’s wiring is something you should be concerned about as you can cause all kinds of additional problems, (and incur wiring repair expenses), that you don’t want.
The good news is that if you do decide you want to install your home’s system, you can easily order a system that’s ready to go right out of the box. Plus, you don’t have to buy any extras unless you want more sensors than what came with your package.
This type of system is affordable on any budget and you can add features to your security system as time goes by, rather than having to come up with the entire cost all at once. When you buy a professionally installed system and opt to go with a service, you’re going to pay a lot upfront. Additionally, you’re going to get locked into a contract and then have to pay the company monthly.
Point to remember, a hard wired alarm system can be thwarted by a savvy criminal if he cuts the phone line.
This will render it useless. Having someone watch your system and call if the alarm sounds a warning can be effective if the authorities are notified in an expedient manner. Professional thieves know just how long it takes police to arrive and can make off with your family treasures long before help arrives.
Check Your Locks
As most doors can be “battered” in, a good place to start with home security is checking to see how secure your door locks are. Consumer Reports recommends the following:
- use a lock with a 1 inch long dead bolt and a reinforced metal box strike
- install the lock with 3 inch long mounting screws to lodge in the framing beyond the doorjamb
- make sure to do the same with the door that leads from the garage into the interior of your house
- and dead bolt lock is better than the common “key-in-the-knob” variety, which can be opened easily with a credit card
Note: Double cylinder dead-bolt locks need a key for both sides; inside and outside. This can make it harder to get out in an emergency situation.
Last, but certainly not least, is be sure to assess the current state of your home’s lighting. One of the latest home lighting security products is the BeON Home Protection Lighting System.
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