How to Setup Your Home Protection
To start with I would be deficit if I tried to tell you that all you need is a wireless home security alarm. Total home security consists of preparing your home properly, installing a security alarm and possibly video surveillance. Let’s prepare our house first before we do anything else. Make sure all your windows have secure locks or bars. Normal vertical windows have a lock that is usually too high to reach from the ground outside and require the window to be broken to get access to the lock. Nothing will deter a thief, who is monitoring your house, more than a light coming on at 2 AM and going back out 15 minutes later. Timers are very affordable and most have more than one setting for turning lights on and off in a 24 hour period.
Now we need to look at our doors. If possible make sure all your doors that lead outside are made of metal, and if not metal at least solid wood. Deadbolt locks on a hollow core door are not secure. A good metal door with a bolt lock will deter a thief before he even tries entrance. Don’t forget the garage door. If you have a manual garage door make sure the lock is functioning and or good quality. With an automatic garage door get an opener with a secure code system. Even if your garage door has a secure code or secure lock, lock the door between your garage and the house. I would much rather lose my lawn mower than my wide-screen television.
Today to maintain a reliable home alarm system we should still have a telephone landline. We can buy systems that will work with a wireless cell phone, but that adds a lot of expense to the system. A lot of homeowners find a need for a fax machine and to date we can only send a fax over a landline, giving this landline more than one purpose. This landline can either be the telephone companies wired line or a cable company’s line. Any landline will have a visible wire or cable that is on the outside of the house and can be cut by an experienced burglar. Put a trellis in front of the wire and grow some vines or flowers so the wire is not visible.
Our next consideration is do we want a wired or wireless home security system? If you are building a home, the wired system is an alternative choice, as the cost of installation will be lower when installing while building the house. In an existing home a wired system installed properly can be very expensive, and most of that expense is labor. A wireless system such as Homesafe can be installed in less than an hour as a completely DIY home security project. You can buy an affordable and reliable system for less than $150 and add any additional features you find a need for. In fact, if you have a large house, you can buy two systems to monitor different areas or buildings at a fraction of the cost of a wired system. Your system should include a base unit with auto-dialer to contact the police. Then you should have window and door sensors and a motion detector in areas where something valuable as electronics or jewelry is kept. You really don’t need window sensors on a second floor unless that window is very accessible; good window locks will be sufficient. Other things you can add to your system are water sensors and fire detectors. One more very important thing about a wireless system is that it is very mobile. If you had an intruder, and you’re alarm went off, chances are he now knows where your sensors are and he/she could return. It is recommended that when your system is triggered you analyze your system and its efficiency. You may want to move some sensors or add a sensor. With a wireless system this is easily accomplished.
Some people think they have to hire an “alarm company”, and I won’t say this is a bad thing, but it is an expensive alternative. A good wireless self-contained system will do the same thing an alarm company will do. Your system can auto-dial the police, and then auto-dial you to verify or disarm the system. If you are in the house a loud alarm will not only wake you up, but it will startle the intruder and cause him/her to flee. It has been found that in urban areas the response time can be 8 to 11 minutes for the police unless you happen to have a police car passing in front of your house. Why add additional time to notify a security company, who will verify the alarm and then call the police? Good burglars get in and out quickly. They are trained to run in the event of encountering home owners, bright lights, alarms or sirens. The real professionals that can disarm systems, cut glass and lower themselves from skylights aren’t going after the average home. They are going after banks, jewelry companies and warehouses.