The Advantages of Home Security Systems
- Author Michiel Van Kets
- Published June 4, 2009
- Word count 681
The protection of your family is one of the most important issues to consider and keeping them safe involves making sure your house is a secure environment for everyone, whether you are away on business often or work from home. Most people living in modest accommodation don’t realize that a home alarm system could be beneficial even for them. Don’t leave it too late, experiencing a burglary or intruder breaking in whilst your family are upstairs asleep is a frightening wake up call for everyone involved.
Burglars who generally look for opportunities in residential areas want quiet areas with big gardens and private surroundings. They watch out for obvious weaknesses such as reduced lighting, bushes to conceal their actions, doors and windows left unlocked and ladders stored at the back of the house providing them with the equipment needed to reach upstairs windows. Take the time to make some preventative measures and you will reduce the risk of a break-in immediately.
Installing a monitored home security system can ensure you and your family’s safety and give you peace of mind when the property is empty or you have to be away on business. It can help to deter likely intruders and, if they do manage to break into the house, the sound of the alarm will discourage them from hanging around for too long and give them less time to find your valuables.
An alarm system should cover the whole house, there is no point in one that only works at the main entrance for instance as intruders will look at every option to break in. Ensure you fit a detector on all doors and windows to maximize security. Most alarm systems include motion detectors, if an intruder does enter the premises then the system will detect the movement and set the alarm off. Motion detectors can also be set up in an outside area, such as the patio or garden, and trigger floodlights to light up the whole area.
Home alarms use a relatively simple technology and can even be installed by yourself. Generally the keypad used to arm and activate your house alarm security system is placed near to the main entrance door for easy access, and the alarm box located on the front of the house in full view so as to discourage would-be burglars. Once the alarm is connected you need to choose a code, which will be known only by you and your family, to activate it.
An alarm system can give you peace of mind that your family is as safe as you can make them. When ordering a home security system always check the company you choose is well-known and trustworthy. Your system will need installation, repairs and servicing at least once a year so you want a company that is likely to stay around for a while.
There are different types of alarm systems. A local alarm system only sounds on the premises, this means that if you are away you have to rely on someone in the vicinity to be a good neighbor and call the police for you. More efficient is a monitored home alarm system that can offer you the highest levels of security with the added support of qualified experts. If an emergency should arise, the alarm system alerts the monitoring station, where a qualified dispatcher establishes the nature of the emergency and responds immediately.
A reliable home security company can assist you with system design, installation and alarm system monitoring and provide inexpensive, trustworthy protection from burglary and fire, rapid response times and first-rate equipment. With reports showing an increase in break-ins over recent years, most local police departments support a monitored alarm system, especially for homes containing high value items.
If you have an intruder enter your home then every second is vital, especially if a member of your family is home at the time. For more information about home security, or to order or upgrade your burglar alarm monitoring, check online to find out about home alarm systems and Residential Alarm System Services.
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