Homeowners, should, for there own safety, take all necessary steps to ensure maximum protection against burglary or other similar crimes. Obvious things such as locking doors or arranging for neighbours to keep an eye on the house, are free and just require a little planning and forethought.
House alarm systems are the next step up the security ladder but will obviously be more expensive. However, when it comes to the safety of your family, your home and its contents, cost should not be the main concern. On the other hand it is better to fit a cheap home security system than nothing at all.
It is easy to become complacent about home security systems, so look at your home from the point of view of a would-be burglar. Start by walking around the outside of your house and see if you can spot any security weaknesses that may allow a potential burglar undetected entry. Bushes and foliage make for good camouflage, so take note to cut them back. Look for any unprotected windows that are close to the ground as they make for easy entry points.
Perform the same review during the hours of darkness. Look especially for shadow areas cast by any lighting around your home. Look at the path and driveway that leads to your house – could a stranger walk up to your home undetected. Think about the curtains and shutters that are left open, allowing a well-lit view of the downstairs rooms.
Taking simple and basic measures that cost little to implement are a step in the right direction when it comes to home security. For instance, the installation of a security bar, either wood or metal, can bar a sliding window. Although good locks and bolts will not always keep the professional thief out, they will go a long way to slowing down would be amateur burglars. Work out some arrangement with nearby neighbours where you both watch each other’s properties.
Burglars will mostly target homes that they consider easy to get into. One of the easiest targets is a house with nobody in it. Timer switches that control table or desk lamps can easily be installed with the added advantage of fooling them into thinking there is somebody in the house.
Leaving a light on for 24 hours a day will, in most cases, make it obvious that nobody is in the house. Stereos, lights and television that go on and off at preset times will give the impression of normal usage. Timers are very inexpensive with around $100 dollars buying you a dozen or more.
Many security systems for homes can cost as little a one-dollar per day. When you consider what could be an expensive loss that is cheap ‘insurance’. Having one will also sometimes lower your actual homeowner’s insurance premiums.
These systems can often be installed as a do it yourself project without requiring specialized assistance. In the event of a power outage, many will still function due the inclusion of battery backups.
Many house burglar alarm systems will alert when a door or window is opened whilst alarmed. However, a burglar armed with nothing more than a glasscutter, could quite easily bypass that facility. Installing a slightly more elaborate system that includes either a vibration detector or cut sensor will overcome that problem. It is also advisable to look into an upgrade that offers motion detection as well.
Ultimately, no system is 100% foolproof or burglarproof, for that matter. However, making the effort to implement some simple, low cost solutions can improve your odds immensely.