Protecting our families and possessions is an important consideration in today’s world. While the chance of any one person being the victim of a home invasion, or burglary, these crimes do exist and you need to take the steps to ensure that yours in not the home a criminal chooses. Home alarm systems come in several different types, each with own pros and cons. In this article, we’ll look at several of those so you can begin to make the best decision for you family.
Passive security systems include such things as installing deadbolts, trimming the shrubbery near the home so sight lines do not leave any blind stops, and putting timers on lights and televisions or radios to give appearance of someone being at home. Passive systems tend to be the least expensive of all methods of protecting your home, but it also relies a lot on the old adage “Locks are only meant to keep honest people honest”.
A good quality deadbolt is a good start to protect your home. Be sure to buy the best lock you can because many of the inexpensive locks can be easily picked or give way under moderate pressure. For sliding glass doors, windows and other points of access, placing pins through the frames and putting slats of wood to jam the openings can be passive ways of securing these openings.
It is important to understand that a burglar doesn’t want to be seen breaking into a home. If your landscaping provides blind spots from the street or other residences, to hides where the burglar can do their dirty work you’ve made his job a lot easier. Trim back the shrubs to prevent this, and consider planting plants that are uncomfortable to walk through like roses or other thorny bushes under windows.
Active systems include audible and monitored systems installed by a security company. These systems can include not only the security component with many systems also offer fire and carbon dioxide monitoring to ensure your and your family’s safety.
A good security company will install systems that will sound an audible alarm when a door or window is opened. An optional consideration is to have motion sensors placed throughout your home. Some of these systems can be elevated so if you have pets, they will not inadvertently set off the alarms.
Many systems can be monitored by the security company so if the alarm goes off, they alarm company will call the proper authorities depending on the signal they have received. Usually, unless you’ve notified them you are away on vacation, they will call your home to make sure the signal was not a false alarm. When calling the security operator will ask for a code word known only to you, and if you fail to give the code word, or alternatively a panic code, then the company will dispatch the first responders.