Home Alarm System

5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Burglary by Pavel Asanov

Home break-ins have become a serious problem here in the U.S. It's estimated that a home is burglarized once every fifteen seconds., according to the Department of Justice. The good news, however, is that you can protect your home burglary by implementing the following security measures.

#1) Install Video Surveillance

Installing a video surveillance system is an effective way to protect your home and property from burglary. Just the sight of a video camera will often make a burglar think twice before breaking into a home.

When choosing a video surveillance system, it's recommended that you opt for a closed circuit television (CCTV) model. Unlike Internet Protocol (IP) video surveillance systems, CCTVs are "closed" and do not connect to the Internet. Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that no one else watching footage of your home.

#2) Install an Alarm System

We can't talk about ways to protect a home from burglary without mentioning an alarm system. Residential alarm systems typically consist of door and window contacts, a control panel, an audible siren, and at least one motion sensor.  If a burglar attempts to enter through a protected door or window, it will trip the contact; thus, triggering the alarm.

#3) Exterior Lighting

One of the most overlooked elements of home security is lighting. Burglars typically choose homes that are poorly lit, as this offers a source of concealment in which they can conduct their illegal activities. You can increase your home's security, however, by installing motion-sensing lights around the perimeter.

#4) Locks the Doors and Windows

Be sure to lock the doors and windows before leaving your home. Studies have shown that roughly one-third of all home break-ins occur through an unlocked door or window. Granted, this alone isn't going to prevent a burglar from entering your home, but it's one more step in safeguarding your property from intrusion.

#5) Monitor Your Mail

An overstuffed mailbox is a tall-tale of an unoccupied home. When a burglar sees mail spilling out the sides of your mailbox, he or she may assume that your family is away on vacation, using this opportunity to break in and burglarize your home. You can request a hold on your mail either by visiting your local USPS office, or by completing the online form at https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/.

Do I Need a Home Alarm System? by Pavel Asanov

Have you thought options for home alarm systems for your house? Most home owners consider systems but never go through with purchasing them because they don't think that they really need them. Consider the fact that every year, there over two million home burglaries in America. More than 70 percent of these burglaries took place in home residences. The victims of these burglaries claimed approximately $4.6 billion in lost property. With an average burglary loss of $2,110.

 The biggest reason to install home alarm systems is to protect families and personal assets. The act of installing the system wards off crime. If you're still not convinced that home alarm systems are a good fit for your family and your neighbors, consider the following reasons.

  •  Ward off potential crime. It has been established that burglars spend under a minute breaking into a home. Any measure that makes a home more difficult to access including deadbolt locks, home security alarms, pins in sash windows, and window bars will deter potential burglars. Additionally, the simple presence of an alarm system will send nine out of ten burglars away.
  • Detect smoke and fire. Typically a home fire alarm system is one component in a larger security system that offers both burglary and fire protection. This kind of system monitors windows, doors, and additional entrances to a home (i.e. basement crawl space) for break-ins. The system will also contact a security office to report a fire or break in. The office will then relayed a message to a fire or police department accordingly.
  • Get a home insurance discount. Some insurance companies offer discounts up to 15 or 20 percent when a home owner installs a high tech burglar and fire alarm that contacts a monitoring station. When a home has a security system, there is less of a chance that someone will successfully break into it. In turn, the insurer has a decreased chance of covering losses that would result from a robbery. Thus, when home owners have home alarm systems, they are at a decreased risk for insurers.
  • Control a home through an app. Many home security alarms come with the option for a text or email alert when there are certain types of activity in a home, such as turning on a basement light or opening a liquor cabinet. A number of these systems include live video feeds that can be viewed online or on a phone. Do you have children who are at home alone after school? Some systems will send a photo of a child returning home from school via text or email. All systems with these types of alerts and notifications allow for full customization, enabling users to set their preferences as they choose.
  • Assist law enforcement with faster responses in emergencies. When children or seniors are in an emergency, home security alarms can help them help more quickly. People who live alone may opt to carry a wireless transmitter that can trigger a security system as needed. Once a security system has been tripped, a monitoring system will receive an immediate notification. Additionally, many home security alarms feature two-way intercoms. These intercoms allow family members to communicate with monitoring operators directly when they are not able to reach a phone. These features may not seem important to many people, but they can be vital to individuals with compromised mobility who cannot always reach a phone quickly.

 Talk to family and friends who have home alarm systems to find out what they do and don't like about their current systems. Their input will help guide your search for the alarm system that is the best fit for your security needs.