Tried and True Home Security Systems
Ahead to the Newest and Finest Home Security Systems
If one American dream is home ownership, then providing home security for the abode garners more than a passing thought. Sadly, people often invest in their first home security system only after a violation against their home occurs. The to do list for securing the home need not be extremely expensive or daunting. Tried and true ways exist. That said, new technologies brighten the horizon as well. Protect your home. Consider all systems, the dollars available for the plan, and go forward before a negative occurrence sends a reminder.
The Tried and True Great Eight Home Security Plan
- The Family Dog: Research shows that a barking dog heads the list of burglar deterrents. Logically an invader would prefer a place without an annoying "attack animal" no matter the size of that four-legged look-out. Of course, with that pet comes expenses and responsibility, so go that route if you want a pet regardless of the security advantage provided.
- Timed Lights: A low tech option is a timer to control lights coming on both inside and on the exterior of a home. That façade of someone being home says go elsewhere to the potential criminal as most would certainly prefer no one being home.
- All Clear on the Home Front: Take a look around the exterior of a home. What are the signs of the coast being clear for a break in? Old newspapers left unattended spark interest from the non-desired visitors. Pick up all papers and flyers left on a front door daily. Enlist the help of a neighbor to do so when the plan calls for being out-of-town. Most newspaper carriers will stop delivery upon receipt of a vacation notice. The U.S. Post Office will stop mail when directed to do so as well.
- No Hiding Behind the Bushes: Make certain that shrubs and plants to not block the view to your windows. Easy access to houses is sometimes gained when the intruder can do so behind the landscaping and well out of view.
- Posting of Emergency Numbers: Make certain that all emergency numbers are within any reach of any phone in the home. Of course, 911 serves as a catch-all for emergencies.
- The Little Red Can: This one isn't for burglary challenges, but do make sure that the kitchen has a ready-to-use, easy to use fire extinguisher. Fire departments relate yearly how many homes could be saved had the participants only accessed a simple fire extinguisher.
- Smoke Alarms and Fire Detectors: Check for proper installation. Write a date on the calendar each year for replacing the batteries. Yes, most send a beeping sound when batteries are low, but for something as inexpensive as batteries, why take the chance.
- The Electronic Home Security System: I fall into the group I spoke of above. We installed a security system the day after our home burglary. Evidently we are in good company in doing so as the installer told us. To have a home broken into is such a feeling of violation. We went from no security to a system that made me think we had buried treasure in there somewhere. Look for a reputable company. Although it costs a bit, a monitored system gave us piece of mind. Specifications of different systems include monitoring of doors, windows, and offer motion detectors if desired. One consideration is a detached garage which is the configuration a our home. We did not have detectors on the garage which had a separate walk in door in addition to the larger door through which cars enter. Then, we heard of an instance where someone in our neighborhood had their garage broken into with items stolen from the cars and garage. Guess what? The next day that trusty security company was out installing detectors in the garage. Put out a sign that clearly indicates the property being monitored by a security company. That in itself seems somewhat of a deterrent. I mean, really, if I were a criminal, I would go to the house next door with no dog, no sign it's being monitored, and everything dark!
- Careful What You Tell: People do over communicate. So often people tell oh so many people their plans of being away from their home for extended times such as vacations. Think about that one. Do you want lots of folks to know you will be gone? Here is a scary but true related tale. A few years back there were houses being broken into via thieves looking at wedding or obituary notices to decide times when houses would likely be minus their owners. Particularly in the case of weddings, I have noticed fewer and fewer advance notices of exact time and place being given in anything like a newspaper. Of course the after the fact announcements are fine on that front. Be careful of keying your real home address into a GPS as "home." Consider that scam. Should someone break into your car and get the GPS, they have the address and know you aren't home. Use two cross streets as home on the system.
What's New in Home and Personal Security Systems and Protection
All of the above are standard safety and security thoughts to contemplate. Know that new technologies are knocking at our doors now days, trying to protect all that is ours inside those doors.
- Please Do Leave Fingerprints: Never worry about losing a house key or it falling into non-desirable hands again. New locks use fingerprints. The sounds of 007 are upon us! The homeowner merely gets that fingerprint for everyone cleared for access.
- Doggy, Doggy, Please Come In: For people who work extended hours, many like the idea of Fido owning the ability to go in and out as he needs and pleases. The problem is that doggy doors with no security or locking system on them have proven a security risk. New systems are out with a device housed on the pet's collar that opens and shuts the door.
- Video Cameras: Newer mini-cameras record the outside goings on at a home. Typically two to six cameras protect the premises. The owner views the actions from hand-held phones or computers. Of course, the security company gets in on the monitoring act there too.
- Personal Emergency Response: Advertised on television often, personal emergency response systems abound. It is an easy to work system that alerts an alarm company when the person wearing the alarm has fallen or needs help. The beauty of these systems is the ability to give a bit more freedom to older people or those with physical handicaps.
- Not Your Grand Daddy's Lights: Some exterior home lighting systems now encompass motion detectors. Bright flood lights bathe the person bright lights once sensors detect motion . I do wonder what this does for the occasional squirrel that might wander by.
- Sensors for This, That, and the Other: Way more is available now than just fire alarms and smoke detectors. Sensors detect smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, breaking glass, water leaks, and even backed up drains. The information, once detected, zooms directly to the home owner via mobile device and of course to the security company.
- Oh the Cell Phone: Similar to a cell phone, home installed cellular connections are now available between homes and security companies. Even with a cut phone line, communication continues.
- No Need to Be Home: For all those security measures the home owner would like to take, new technology let's that all be done remotely from a phone or computer. So, no problem if you forgot to set the timer on the lights. Just grab your cell phone. Too cool!
Protect your home. Use both the tried and true methods, but keep a sharp eye out for those newer innovations as well. Whatever you do, please do not wait until a problem has already occurred before thinking carefully about your home's security.