Home Security Equipment – Identify Your Needs First

Everyone is concerned with home security, it is natural to want to keep your family safe and secure.  Before you call in your local home security company and have them sell you every system under the sun, you need to identify your needs first.  Someone living in a highrise building with a doorman, you don’t have the same needs as a stand alone home.

Locks

Locks, the most basic and often most important element in the drive for security. Many different types of lock can be incorporated into modern doors, and these are all effective aids to security that can be fitted cheaply and quickly.

Locks, in whatever form, should be sturdy and well made, and multiple items should be fitted to every door on the outside of the house. Some prefer a deadlock style of the tumbler, and those incorporated in the door that slide into the frame are a certain way to deter burglars. Here is a video on how to install a dead bolt yourself.

Alarm systems

Alarm systems come in many shapes and forms, and one can be bought for even the lowest of budgets.  Some quite complex alarm systems can be fitted to encompass the whole house, with sensors – whether movement or heat activated – positioned in each room that can be isolated individually, allowing the free movement of people – or pets – through certain areas of the property.

Door sensors

Door sensors can also be fitted, giving the security conscious owner an extra bonus in that the alarm will be activated whenever a door is opened by electrical means, and window versions are a bonus and a good deterrent.

An alarm box

An alarm box fitted to the outside wall of a property has been shown to be a good deterrent to the average burglar, and with a light fitted is easily seen and a message to the criminal element that your property is protected. Some alarms can be fitted that will signal the local police or security services of a break in, and these are very popular in many areas these days.

Closed circuit television systems

Closed circuit television systems – commonly referred to as CCTV – can also be very useful deterrents and security devices, and one positioned above each doorway, or at an entrance gate, can transmit a picture of anyone approaching or intending to enter to a given screen.

Electronic entry system

An electronic entry system is one in which any visitor has to call and speak to the inhabitants before being allowed to enter – these systems are very effective and are much favored by people who live in apartment blocks and larger, more remote houses.

Home security equipment may be regarded by many as something of a luxury, but these days should be treated as a necessity as we all strive to protect our property and well being.

Basic Home Security Tips

The security of your family is the number one priority. The following home security tips can help make your house a safer environment. These basic home seciurity tips are inexpensive and fairly easy to install.

Keep your security locks and bolts fully repaired

You must keep your security locks and deadbolts in good working order. This is the first thing you thing of when you talk about home security. Needless to say, a house has its locks and deadbolts, but what you need is something that is functioning properly. If you just bought a new home or condo then you should have the locks changed promptly.

Install alarm systems

Alarm systems have become so affordable that just about anyone can afford to have one. There are a broad variety of alarms available from the simplest to some very sophisticated systems.

Make use of home security cameras

If your home is ever broken into then security cameras offer a visual record for the police and insurance company.  Display on your front door or with a sign in your yard that you have home security cameras, that alone is a deterrent to most burglars.

Install good lighting systems

When you mount exterior lights, take special care to mount them high. This prevents burglars from disabling them. You should light all around the house so there are no shadowy alcoves, which a burglar could use for hiding.

Make house number visible

Making house numbers easily visible from the street helps the police or fire department find your home if you should call them. This is quite easy to do and not expensive at all.

Be careful when answering your door

When you answer your door, make a habit of checking who is knocking first before opening it. Once your door is opened, even the most expensive home security system in the world is of little use

Trimming trees

Try not to create hiding places for potential predators. This means regularly trimming tree limbs and bushes around your house.

Get a dog

While being a good friend, a dog can also be a good security system. A large, well-trained outdoor watchdog can scare away intruders and offer extra security.

Install motion detection lights

If someone were to come up to your home to inspect whether it is vulnerable to easy access the lights will trigger on and scare off any would-be intruders.

The home mentioned above security tips should be considered by homeowners. However, the most important home security advice of all is to always keep yourself informed and prepared. As the old dictum goes, knowing is half the battle.