Installing Your Security System

April 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

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Part I-Setting up the home perimeter and interior protection level.

Many times homeowners look at installing a security system for their home after a break-in or home invasion has occurred either to them or someone they know.  The best plan of action is to be proactive with your home security and install a security system the moment you start thinking or talking about it.

There are many ways to protect your home that include coverage for burglary, fire, flooding, carbon monoxide, and more.  If you want a comprehensive level of protection, having a security system that includes fire protection will offer the very best protection for your home and family.  Remember in a burglary many of the items stolen can be easily replaced, e.g., TV’s electronics, etc., but a fire can instantly destroy everything in your home.  If a fire isn’t detected right away, by the time neighbors or others see flames coming out the roof or windows it may be too late.


Let’s talk about what concerns you most about your home security.  If a criminal is looking to break into your home, the tendency is to look for a home that is easily accessible.  With that in mind, do a perimeter survey of your home and check for any weaknesses in your perimeter security.  If you find any, be sure to harden those areas and make it difficult for someone to get through.  If the burglar has to work with any amount of effort, he will most likely go someplace else.

Exterior Doors To Your Home

Count all of the doors that lead into your home.  These are doors that you will want to put security protection on.  Most break-ins tend to happen through doors - typically ones that were left unlocked or the burglar was able to easily kick in.  If a burglar enters through a window, chances are he will be hauling the stuff out through a door.  Be sure to protect each entry door to your home with contact sensors.

A nice feature of your security system is that it will tell you if you leave a door or protected window open.  Also when the alarm is in the OFF mode and someone opens a door it will either chime or alert you in a voice that the door is opened.

Window Protection

The most vulnerable windows are going to be the ones located on the main or basement level of your home.  That is not to say the windows on the second level aren’t important, but if there is not easy access to those upper level windows, the burglar will typically look at a much easier way to enter your home.  Time is of the essence, so the quickest and easiest way for the burglar is what he is looking for.

Consider the level of security protection you want for your home and family.  If you have had a recent burglary incident, you may want to build Ft. Knox.  If you are proactive and install a security system before a break-in, you can build an excellent level of protection at a reasonable cost.  Keep in mind, if you have a budget, the more protection you have installed, the more you will pay for the security system.  You can always add or upgrade your protection level as your needs change.

An alternative to protecting all windows would be adding motion detectors in areas that catch several windows or rooms.  Having every window protected can limit opening the windows to allow for ventilation when the alarm is turned on.  Another option would be installing inexpensive wireless window contact sensors that make a loud alarm noise but are not connected to the security system.  Click here for details.

Motion Detectors

Motion Detectors are usually combined with the burglary protection and serve as your interior protection.  Some people may not want to use motion detectors due to cats or dogs or if they have small children who get up in the night.  No one wants to accidentally trip the alarm system and have the police dispatched.  However, with the sophisticated technology today, most motion detectors can identify pets from people so you won’t have  false alarms.

Depending upon the size of your home, a recommendation would be to have at least one motion detector as part of your  protection level.  If you have a large home with a basement, you may even want a second motion detector for protection. 

If you do not want to turn the motion detector(s) on at night when going to bed, you can easily shut that part of the security system off.  In our family  we have a second keypad in our bedroom so we turn the full security system on as we sleep.  By making it a habit of consistently using your security system, you will find what works best for you and your family.

When the entire family uses the security system on a daily basis the chances of making false alarm mistakes are very minimal.  If you do accidentally set off the alarm, you can easily shut it off.  In most cases your alarm company will quickly call you to verify the alarm before dispatching the police.  Just make sure you know the password to identify yourself to the alarm company.

Watch for Part II of Your Home Security System

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