Do you really need to go
into the mind of a criminal when making security decisions about
your home? Yes! It is a proven fact that thieves and burglars will
be deterred from breaking into a house that is protected by an armed
security system. Here are some questions you may be asking yourself
if you are considering purchasing a home alarm system:
Will the alarm system still work if the phone line is severed or
Yes. Good security systems implement the use of a backup
monitor which transmits radio waves to a manned monitoring station
showing the status of the alarm.
|TIP: Besides armed security systems, there are many
other safeguards you can take in protecting your family and
home. Contingent upon your specific needs, you should also
consider the following home security options.
"Protected by..." Signs and Stickers:
These are small signs or stickers you can place in your windows or
post in your yard, within view to passerby's. They let a possible
burglar know ahead of time that your home is armed and secure.
Consider installing these on windows that are concealed or insecure,
like basement windows. A word of caution: Be weary of installing
these on living area windows, for they prevent escape during a fire.
Closed-Circuit TV Monitoring System:
This system incorporates several video cameras strategically
disbursed inside and outside your home, which are all wired to your
television set or a designated monitor. This system facilitates
easy surveying of the happenings inside and outside your home.
These are receptors that send an electrical current to the main
security system inside your home. They should be placed on doors
that allow outside access, windows that can be reached from the
outside, and garage doors.
These are sensors which monitor large areas of glass, such as bay
windows, and sliding glass doors. If the glass vibrates heavily or
breaks, the sensors will set the alarm off, notifying you of an
Sirens and Strobe Lights:
These are installed outside, usually on the roof overhang in visible
areas. They will let others know of a break-in.
In conjunction with a security system, they are used to monitor
movement inside your home. They are installed in hallways and
living areas and will trip the alarm if there is any motion within
its detection range.
Also in conjunction with a security system, this is a one-touch
button that will automatically send a call for help to local
Monitored Fire and Smoke Detection:
Besides tripping a loud alarm like regular battery operated smoke
detectors do, this system will send a call for help to your local
fire department in the presence of fire or heavy smoke.