Many of us have seen that television commercial (I’ll refrain from mentioning the company) where the mother and daughter walk in on an intruder ransacking their home. While the physical damage was bad, they point out that the emotional damage was far worse.
So, how secure is your home, apartment, condo or wherever you call home? Do you take for granted that no one is interested in the contents inside of your residence?
While no residential security system is 100 percent foolproof against those looking to break in, having some form of protection in place is better than turning a blind eye to the real world we live in.
Speaking from personal experience, I have been the victim of a break-in before, something I would wish on no one. Not only do you feel like your privacy has been violated, but you can very easily end up losing items that can never be replaced. We were lucky in that it was just our garage that thieves targeted as we slept upstairs one evening. Others, however, have not been as fortunate over the years.
In the event your residence is currently not protected via a home security system, there are steps you can take to lessen the odds of being a victim. Among them:
- Determine the price of your security – While there is no price one can put on their life or the lives of their family members, you will have to come up with an approximate price of what you want to spend on a home security system. While security systems run the gamut when it comes to pricing, figure on easily spending several hundred dollars and into the thousands for the more advanced systems. Keep in mind that you always have the option of installing a simple alarm system yourself or getting a professional to install a more advanced system;
- Less expensive options – If you find that your money situation does not allow you to purchase a more sophisticated and higher-priced security system, there are options open to you. Such options include items like sound detectors and motion sensors. The motion sensors can be especially effective by turning on outside lighting in the event someone is approaching or trying to gain entry onto your property;
- Do your homework – There are a fair number of home security systems on the market, so be sure to review a number of them before settling on a choice. While price will obviously play a factor in your decision making, be sure to get the system best suited for your home. Compare products and check the provider’s background so you are not working with a company that has current or past financial issues, nor a high number of customer complaints. The two most common alarm systems are wired and wireless. While a wired system is oftentimes put in place during construction of a residence, the wireless system involves placement of lighting, cameras, motion detectors and more, leaving you with flexibility in where you want to install the items;
- Link up to a home security business – Given you want a system to first alert you, you also want it tied to a home security business that can respond to the sounds of trouble. The home security business will either send out one of its patrols or direct police to your residence for a safety check;
- Get the history on past alarms – There are many instances where people will relocate into a home that already has an alarm system. If you find yourself in that situation, make sure you review the current system to see if it is in need of upgrades. If the system is not up to the standards you want, don’t neglect your safety just to save a few dollars;
- Location, location and location – It is also important that your alarm system’s main panel is securely located. If it is not, it could easily be dismantled by someone trying to gain entry into your residence.
While there are more aspects to a home security system, the above-mentioned items highlight what you will need to consider should you want to install such technology.
The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that your residence is of no interest to thieves.
In the end, home security is not something to take for granted.
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