When thinking about home security, many people assume that means burglar alarm systems and nothing more. Alarm systems are a good way to maintain a safe and secure home, but they are only one of many home security tools. An alarm system is only effective when a homeowner also takes some seemingly obvious precautions.
Windows are a common entry point for burglars. They can be the most vulnerable part of your home security system. Homes with poorly constructed or poorly installed windows are inevitably the target of experienced burglars. To know your windows are secure, make sure they have strong glass and properly fitting locks. And remember to lock your windows before you leave the house. An unlocked window is the sure way to waste every dime you spend on an elaborate home security system.
Your doors are the second most vulnerable part of your home security system. They must be constructed of strong, durable materials, secured by tough locks that can’t be forced easily. Dead bolts are great unless the door frame is poorly installed or made of soft, easily damaged lumber.
If you keep a spare key for accidental lock-outs, be absolutely sure to hide it in a place no one would think of. Many a homeowner leaves their spare key on the top of the doorframe or under their welcome matt. Big mistake. Be cautious about using fake rocks or yard ornaments as hiding places, too, as every burglar knows that’s why they were created!
One other important tip about keys. Losing your keys is a common and costly mistake, especially when you have your home address or information that might reveal your home address on the key ring.
Some modern homeowners rely on home surveillance systems that allow them to monitor their homes from other locations. These systems are great for recording activity and storing it for later viewing if there is a security breach. They’re particularly valuable for people that travel frequently, since they involve a considerable investment. One point, though, to remember is that the surveillance system that’s not also connected to an alarm system will only be helpful after the fact. It will not prevent the intrusion, though it may help get the intruder arrested later on.
Your dog could be important to your home security as well. Trained guard dogs are very effective at discouraging burglars and vandals. And they’re portable! You can take your guard dog with you for personal protection as well. But remember, a trained guard dog can be expensive, and it may not be safe for your children. Like any dog, you must always be sure to leave plenty of food and fresh water for your guard dog.
You can also rely on less well-trained, but equally imposing large dog breeds to protect your home. It may be the same breed as the formally-trained guard dog, but it’s a family pet whose love for you and your children are you main protection. Good breeds for this purpose include German and Belgian Shepherds, Doberman, Akita, Bouvier des Flandres, Pitt Bull Terrier, Rottweiller, American Bulldog, Mastiff, and Giant Schnauzer.
The pinnacle of the effective home security system is a good burglar alarm. Their great value lies in prevention. The screaming alarm usually scares a burglar away. And most security service companies provide signs and window decals to inform potential intruders that an alarm protects the home. The market offers a wide range of designs, features, and technology in burglar alarms, so you’ll need to know what you need, how much you can afford to pay, and which systems best meet your requirements before you make the purchase.
Remember, though, that even the best and most technologically-advanced home security burglar alarm system will fail if you leave a window unlocked or have low-quality windows and doors. Home security is more than a system. It’s solid construction, durable materials, and homeowner vigilance.