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In this day and age, with rising crime levels and worsening economic conditions likely to accelerate, far more homeowners are taking better control of their home by setting up a reasonable home security system.
The reasons are obvious. If there’s one place you want to feel secure, it’s in your own home. During your downtime spent with your family is not the time when you want to be worrying about break-ins, nor do you when you are out working or in your leisure time. If you have children, you certainly don’t want to be worrying about their safety at home when you’re out. Many break-in victims also feel uneasy in their own home even some time after the event. Some go as far as to say that they feel their home has been violated. Although the security aspect is the overwhelming consideration, burglaries can have an unpleasant impact on your insurance premiums. In contrast, many home insurance companies will give a discount for a good quality security system.
The good news is that there are concrete measures you can take to improve your home’s security and your peace of mind. Here are some of them:
It seems obvious but always make sure your doors and windows are secure when you are out. Even if you are only gone for a few minutes, lock the door. Many burglaries are opportunistic and happen when the householder has just gone next door for a chat.
If your home is on more than one level, make sure any ladders, or other objects that could give access to upper floors, are locked away using a strong padlock. Keep anything that could be used to assist a burglary similarly locked up.
Don’t keep your home keys with any personally identifiable information. If you lose them, the finder may not have good intentions.
Any main access to your home should be secured with a quality lock, preferably one that deadlocks. Consider having more than one lock on each access point. The longer it takes them to break in, the more likely it is that they’ll leave your home alone. Hopefully, this will never happen, but if you or a member of your family is in when a break-in occurs, it will give you or them more time to call for help and/or prepare yourselves appropriately.
A sticker on its own can dissuade some burglars from attempting to break in. More experienced ones are unlikely to be fooled though.
Intruder Alarm Systems
There are a number of different types. They are sometimes divided into exterior and interior systems.
The exterior types include movement triggered security lights to dissuade potential burglars from approaching your home.
Interior types can be divided into perimeter systems that monitor entrance points to your property and space monitoring devices that detect movement within your home. The latter can cover more eventualities e.g. if an intrusion is attempted through a roof where no perimeter devices are installed.
These fall into those that record any intrusion attempt and those that provide real-time monitoring e.g. CCTV, either to a website or a monitoring station.
Never forget one of these. Many fatalities are caused by people being asphyxiated whilst asleep. A good alarm can give you time to combat a small fire to prevent it spreading, or to evacuate the premises if it’s too big to tackle yourself. Remember – take no chances. You can always get your home repaired.
Fully Linked System
There are systems available that can be linked to a service that constantly monitors any alarms in your home.
So, the point is that you don’t have to blockade yourself in your home, armed and ready, twenty-four hours of each day in order to feel secure. There are measures you can take to improve security. It’s worth considering getting a security assessment of your home to see what additional improvements could be made. Some police forces and security companies will do this for you for free. Not a bad price for increased peace of mind.
About the Author: The above article is composed and edited by Olivia Kane. She is associated with many home security communities as their freelance writer and adviser. In her free time she writes articles related to home security,home security systems, etc.