Home Security - Burglar Proofing Your Home

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Courtesy of Fox 5 Atlanta

As I have mentioned so many times in my articles, the first step to protecting your home begins with installing a home security system. However, I always say don’t rely solely on the security system - build an impenetrable level of protection around your home. That means having updated, solid strong deadbolt locks, reinforced frames around the door, solid wood or metal core doors, good window locks and glass protection, an early alert warning system, and outside security lights are among some of the protection recommended.  Doing something is better than doing nothing because the criminal home burglar/home invasion intruder is getting smarter and more professional as the economy continues to worsen.

By being proactive and establishing a security plan for your home and family you may eliminate your home as being a target for these criminals.  If a home intruder has to work very hard to enter a home, he will typically give up and go to an easier home.  Establish a home security plan that incorporates an impenetrable protection level that keeps these punks out of your home so your family stays safe!!

Here is an article by Fox 5 Atlanta about burglar proofing your home.  Home intrusion criminals are getting so bold that having a security system may not be enough as they know it may take 3-5-10 minutes before police will arrive.  By that time the home intruders have broken in - scooped up your high valuables and are gone before the police arrive.

Stopping these guys at the front door is definately key!!  Make sure the front door, your deadbolt locks, your bolt, your reinforced frames are  extremely difficult to break through so these punks decide to go someplace else.  If the intruder has to put forth any effort to get into your home, he’s probably going to give up and find an easier target.  That’s why you want to “target harden” your home.

FOX 5 Special: Burglar Proof Your Home

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 7:25 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 6:50 PM EST

Reported By: Chris Shaw | Edited By: Leigha Baugham

The latest FBI crime numbers show a home is burglarized in the United States, once every 23 seconds. In a majority of those break-ins, the thief enters the home through the front door. According to experts there are simple ways to upgrade the security of a front door on a budget.

Home security video taken from a Metro Atlanta home shows thieves casually targeting one of the most vulnerable parts of a home.

“I didn’t realize before, how unsafe it was. Until I found out one swift kick and everything can come down,” said break-in victim Melissa Dobbins.

Dobbins was outside walking her dog, when her home was burglarized. Even though the door to Dobbins’ home was locked and the alarm set, burglars got in and stole TVs and jewelry. The burglars were gone long before police arrived.

The thieves that struck Dobbins’ home went in the through the front door.

“This entire frame broke. The door was open, I mean, it was just all gone,” said Dobbins. 

Be proactive and protect your home and family!

Home Security And How A Burglar Thinks!

February 1, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Video Courtesy of Courtney D. James

Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You:

1.  Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2.  Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3.  Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4.  Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5.  If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6.  If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7.  A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8.   It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather..

9.   I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11.  Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12.  You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13.  A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system.  (I don’t believe this is really true). If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com).

14.  Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. (Remember what the criminal in the video said??). I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

15.  The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.. (Burglars don’t like security systems either because of the noise and police dispatch).

16.  I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.  (A good application for a loud 130 db glassbreak detector or ShatterGARD security window film).

17.  I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy home security system and leave your house without setting it?  (I agree.  Start using your security system as soon as it is installed.  It’s easy to use and great peace of mind and protection).

18.   I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.  (Install an Early Alert Warning System to let you know when criminal intruders approach your home from any side-front/back/driveway- The Voice Alert System will let you know).

19.   Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
20.  To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air.  To me, it’s an invitation.

21.   If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Home Security System - The First Line Of Defense!

January 30, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

First Line Of Defense Security Strategies

Have you put up a defensive barrier around your home to keep the criminals, creeps, and home intruders out?   What first line of defense  strategies have you set up to keep your home and family secure and safe?

For thousands of people a home security system with warning signs in both the front and back yards plus window decals that indicate there is a security system is the first line of defense.  The signs and stickers are the first thing a burglar sees from the road or as someone approaches your home.  This can be your first line of defense!

img025-good-house-pic2One of the most prominent things that stand out about this home is the ADT alarm sign right at the front entry area.  Burglars typically want to avoid a home with a sign like this.  “Why jeopardize getting caught when there are much easier homes that don’t have a security system.” A random survey of this neighborhood showed there weren’t many homes with security alarm signs - which make those homes a more vulnerable home burglary target.

Again, when a burglar is randomly looking at homes to break into, one of the first things he looks for is - does the home have a security system? If you have built layers of security protection around your home that includes a security system, your alarm warning sign will be your first line of defense.  Of all the homes in your neighborhood your home will not be that attactive to a burglar.  He will more likely move on to another home - unfortunately to one of the homes with no alarm yard sign!

Why Does A Burglar Look For Homes With No Security Signs?

Why you might ask? Because burglars look  for crimes of opportunity.  An easy home with no security system (signs/decals), perhaps a door or window left unlocked can be an extremely easy opportunity.  Burglars want to be in and out of a home within 5-10 minutes or less.  They know where to go once inside, what to look for, and they don’t want to spend anymore time than necessary.  In and out– that’s the game! They also don’t want to make a lot of noise that will attract attention and alert the police.  Setting off a security system will do just that.

You can make your home less appealing to a burglar by installing a good quality home security system.  By being proactive and protecting your home you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a home burglary victim!

Protect your home and family today!

14 Days of Home Security & Personal Safety Protection

December 1, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Welcome to Day 1 of the 14 Days of Home Security & Personal Safety Protection

Thanks for joining us for 14 days as we discuss problems and helpful solutions to maintaining a safe and well-protected home and strategies to keep personal safety a high priority this holiday season! 

Be Proactive & Determine That Now Is The Time To Install A Home Security System!

Problem:  You are seeing more home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes in your  community but keep thinking “it won’t happen to me and my family.”  However, you know it could be just a matter of time - your home could be attacked as easily as the next home.  And you still DON’T have a security system!  You are now beginning to realize the value a home security system provides - an early alert warning, protection for your home and family, plus 24/7 peace of mind knowing someone is always on the other end to get help.

Solution:  Determine a budget for your security system and takepic-of-security-keypad1 immediate action.  A quality standard security system can cost between $99-500+.  This will depend upon the size of your home and protection level.  When you speak with a professional alarm representative, they will can give you an estimate over the phone for your security investment.  In fact if cost is a major factor – start out with the basic protection coverage and add to the security system as your needs and budget allow.

Tips To Accomplishing This Task

• Be proactive and take action.  There are many good alarm companies you can check with.  A great  security resources is to protect your home with ADT.  Representatives will schedule a professional consultant to meet with you to discuss your security concerns.  Just call 800-699-9238 and give the Promo Code A51539 to receive a $200 Cash Back Rebate.  

• When you speak with the alarm professional, be sure to protect all entry doors that lead into your home; include a motion detector** on both the main and basement levels; a keypad at the primary entry (+ master bedroom); and protection on any vulnerable windows.  When the alarm technician arrives, he will review your protection and can make further changes, recommendations, or upgrades to your security protection.  Your installation can usually be scheduled within 4-5 business days after you sign up.

**Pets - cats and big dogs - may be a factor in motion detector locations

Remember the tendency is for home burglary and personal crimes to increase during the holiday season.  Be proactiveimplement optimum protection strategies for your home security and personal safety so you avoid becoming a crime victim!

* Basic Protection Coverage Includes:

  • Control & Keypad / (2) Door/Window Sensors /(1) Motion Detector
  • (1) Inside Siren / (1) Phone Connection Jack /(1) Remote Keyfob
  • Yard Signs & Window Decals

P.S. Go ahead and share this with friends or loved ones you know who may need to increase their personal safety & home security.

P.S.S. The questions I’ll be asking over and over, are you protecting your home and family?

Get a copy of the FREE Report “Home Invasion Prevention” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Get a $200 Cash Back Rebate on the ADT Security Offer.  Just call 800-699-9238 and use Promotion Code A51539.

*Basic security system package.

Capt. Dan Gebo, Mishawaka PD, 11/24

November 19, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Radio Guest

My guest on Lets Talk Home Security radio, Tuesday, 11-24-09, will bepolice-siren-911r-11-18 Captain Dan Gebo, Mishawaka Police Department, Mishawaka, IN.  With the holiday season officially kicking off on Black Friday, November 27th, the discussion will center on personal safety while shopping at the mall, safety & security while out and about this holiday season, and making your home less of a target for holiday Grinch home burglars.

Captain Gebo has been a police officer for 17 years spending five of those years with the St. Joseph County Police Department, South Bend, IN working in the jail division and the narcotics bureau.  As a Captain with the Mishawaka PD, he has been a patrol officer and is currently in charge of community relations and the Street Crime Unit (SCU).   Before starting his law enforcement career Capt. Gebo served 4+ years in the US Army - 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC.  During that time he served one tour in the Gulf War.

Capt Gebo states that one of the main reasons he became a police officer is to help people and serve the community he lives in.  And he enjoys his job!!  (This is the type of officer we hope every city has).   Be sure to check out his recommended site to keep you updated on crime within your neighborhoods - www.nixle.com.

When I contacted Capt Gebo about the interview and told him the topic I wanted to discuss, he indicated he was doing a presentation early Friday morning with local businesses of the shopping mall discussing the same topic - Holiday Shopping Personal Safety.  This interview will reiterate the need for all of us to be more proactive about our personal safety and home security - especially during the holiday season.

Join us on Tuesday, 11-24-09 at 9:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. PST by calling (646) 727-3396 or online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/letstalkhomesecurity.

Stay safe this holiday season!

Target Harden Your Home

October 29, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

home-pic-for-website-8-6-08rStrengthen The Perimeter Of Your Home With A Quality Security System And Common-Sense Products From Local Hardware Stores

Here is a list of simple but effective products that can be used to upgrade and give your home a stronger more impenetrable level of protection. These products will work exceptionally well with your home security system and make your home a less vulnerable target of a home invasion or home burglary.


These products can be purchased from your local Lowes, Home Depot, or Menard’s hardware store, and are excellent common-sense products that  help build layers of protection to an existing security system or one that you are planning to have installed.

1.   Solid core wood or metal doors for main entry and perimeter doors.  Reinforce frames around doors that are older or weaker.

2.   Upgraded solid, multi-strong locks for both doors and windows.  Deadbolts should have a minimum of 2-3″ bolt with reinforced strike plates. The Ultimate Lock is an exceptional lock for main entry doors. This lock can also be used on a designated Safe Room door and glass slider doors as well.  Make sure you have strong upgraded locks.

3.   Secure existing windows with new locks and/or replace with upgraded windows. To strengthen single pane glass windows install security film to given an impenetrable shield. If this is not available at the hardware store, ShatterGARD security window film is an exceptional product.

4.   One-way wide angle viewing peephole for front door if you have no sidelights next to door.  Before opening your door you need to KNOW who is there first! Otherwise DON’T OPEN THE DOOR!

5.   Intercom System - install a unit at the front door to talk with whoever is knocking. Gives better communication without having to open the front door. If budget permits, install a video intercom system so you can actually see who is at the front door.

6.   Automatic outdoor lighting system with lights that come on at a pre-set time.  Install motion detector lights in the front, back, and garage side of the house. For best results install lights on all 4-sides of the house.  Also consider having outside lights connected to one or more lamps/lights inside the home that will come on at the same time. This gives the appearance that someone is home. Most burglars don’t want to confront homeowners!

7.   Outdoor surveillance camera at front and garage area and/or interior webcam.  These cameras can send an alert to your cell phone and computer with video viewing.  Great technology!

8.   Make sure your home phone system has a wireless unit that you can carry with you.  Also keep a cell phone handy in case your phone lines are cut.

9.  Dowell rods can be placed inside windows that slide up/down or sideways as well as slider doors making it difficult to open without breaking. These rods come in various diameters and offer excellent strength to windows and slider doors at a reasonable cost.

10. Adding a quality storm door to the front entry can add an extra layer of protection and strength.  This will make it even harder for a home invasion attack on your front door.  You could also do the same to the garage entry door. 

Your first line of defense is having a good quality security system.   Make sure you place a security yard sign in both the front and back of your home as well as putting window decals on all vulnerable windows.   Intruders can see the signs and stickers from the street and will typically move to an easier home (one that doesn’t have a security system).

Intruders also know that people who have made the effort to protect their home with a security system are usually more security conscious and have hardened other areas of the home as well. 

Your goal should be to build layers of protection making your home’s  perimeter stronger and hardened enough to withstand an attack by a home intruder.  When you slow down the home intruder’s progress and make him work hard to get through, he will likely give up and move to an easier home to attack!  (One with NO security system).

Starting today take action and protect your home and family! 

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION   PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

School’s In Session-Is Your Child Coming Home Alone To A SAFE House?

September 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Happy Labor Day Everyone!  This sort of ends the summer and begins the school season for many children throughout the country.  This is a time when many parents must decide whether or not to let their children come home from school by themselves.  For some parents their job may not allow a lot of flexibility so there may be no option other than to let your child come home alone.


If your children must come home from school by themselves, you are among a growing trend in our society of working parents who may have to struggle for after-school child care.  In fact, 17% of kindergarteners through eighth graders spend time after school in self-care at least once a week.

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adult supervision for children under the age of 11 or 12, for many families this isn’t possible.  When faced with this situation, maturity should be the determining factor in whether a child should be left alone.

An important factor in your child’s overall safety when coming home from school alone is whether he/she is coming into a SAFE home.  With the number of home burglaries, home invasions, and predatory criminals hanging around our neighborhoods, it is up to each of us as parents to ensure our home is absolutely safe and free from predators lurking or someone being inside your home as your child arrives.

Having a home security system is one way to be alerted should there be any kind of security issues coming from your home such as a burglary, fire, panic alarm or duress holdup.  In an alarm event, the alarm company will quickly verify the alarm, dispatch the police if there’s no answer, then notify the homeowner of the alarm.

A security system can alleviate much of the stress parents may feel about having their child come home from school by themselves.  When a home security system is set up to cover major door entries, vulnerable windows, and fire protection, parents can feel a little better knowing their home is a much safer home as their child enters.  Also having the security system protected and monitored 24/7 by a well-respected alarm company can give parents a tremendous amount of peace of mind.

In our family we have had a security system for over 23 years.  My children were about 9/10 years old when they were allowed to come home from school by themselves.  The school bus dropped them off in front of the house and they were home by themselves for just a short time. I had a fairly flexible schedule at the time, so I would try to be home prior to their arriving or shortly thereafter. 

We educated our children on how to use the security system and let them turn it OFF/ON well before they would be doing it by themselves.  When that time came, even at that young age, we knew they would be fine.  In some cases I found children do better than many adults in using the security system.

Here are a few reasons to have a security system that protects your children when they come home by themselves:

1.  You know your children are walking into a SAFE home.  If there is any type of alarm event prior to or after children come home - burglary or fire, the homeowner is quickly notified by the alarm company and the police dispatched immediately.

2.  Once children are inside the home, have established rules that they are not allowed to leave the house until an adult arrives.   You can have them lock the doors, start on their homework, read, or watch TV until you get home.  Depending upon your neighborhood - you may want them to set the alarm in the STAY mode.  (That just sets all doors and windows).  My suggestion would be to at least have the perimeter set up with a chiming or voice alert if a door/window is opened when the alarm is off.

3.  Make sure the security system has both a panic button feature which sets off an audible alarm to immediately call for the police and a duress holdup alarm which is a code used if you are forced into your home by an intruder and told to shut off the alarm.  By entering the duress code - it shuts off the alarm and sends a silent, holdup alarm to the 24-hour monitoring center to immediately send the police to your home.

4.  As a security consultant one of the features I offered to homeowners was a paging alert.  When the child came home from school and entered their code to turn off the alarm, it automatically sent a page to mom or dad’s pager.  Mom/dad then knew that their child was home.  Today pagers are probably obsolete, but check with your alarm company to see if they have something similar that can be set up with  cell phone texting. 

Before you begin letting your child come home from school alone or leave for school in the morning, have a family conference to discuss the arrangements and make sure everyone knows what the rules are.  Make sure your child knows about staying safe in and around your home, fire safety, and of course, internet safety.  Have a home security plan in place so that each family member understands about being aware of their surroundings, noticing anything or anyone that appears suspicious, and not answering the door to strangers while home alone.

Does your child know how to call 911?  Do you have speed dial set up for mom or dad at work - or a neighbor?  Does your child know how to press the panic button?  Just knowing how to call a trusted adult for help can make a child feel better when they are home alone.

Once again, if you don’t have a security system for your home, you may find that the costs are very reasonable compared to any loses that could result from a home burglary.  When you have proactively protected your home and family - you know your children are SAFE when they come home alone, you personally will have less stress and more peace of mind - and that my friend is PRICELESS!

Happy Labor Day - Enjoy your day off.  

Stay safe & protect your home and family!

Purchase A Home Security System & Get A TASER C2 - Coming Soon??

August 1, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Purchase a Home Security System and get a TASER C2 Bonus ….Coming Soon???

I’d like you to take a few minutes and watch this video of a car dealership in Missouri who offered those who purchased a new vehicle through his dealership (I’m sure there were some restrictions) a major BONUS – an AK-47.  Whow!!  Talk about personal protection with a flare.

Courtesy of CNN/Robpatozz

Now if you are thinking of buying a vehicle, this could be the thing to get you to take immediate action!  (Why didn’t the Obama Administration think of this??).  Not only can you get a top of the line vehicle but now you have a way to protect your home and family from slime balls who think your property is their property.  How many home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes do we hear about every single day where the homeowner is attacked, assaulted, and even murdered?

Being in the home protection and security industry the idea of giving a bonus like this is really appealing.  I would not be able to give a bonus of this caliber (AK-47), but I am going to contemplate offering a BONUS of a TASER C2 for those who sign up for the Home Security System Offer.  

I’m just testing the waters so it’s not cut in stone yet.  I would need to further investigate all the ramifications and   would like to hear from you if this sounds like a reasonable offer.  Is this the type of bonus offering that might make homeowners who are on the fence take action?  There would be some stipulations due to the type of device, but I may be able to make it happen.

Because the TASER C2 has some legal state restrictions, individuals living in those states would not be able to get the TASER. There would have to be a substitution for those individuals. However, getting the best Home SecuritySystem Offer is the ultimate goal here - being able to protect your home and your family 24/7.  The TASER C2 would be the “icing on the cake” and a great non-lethal personal protection device.
I would appreciate it if you would give me your feedback if you think this is a good way to not only generate interest for the home security system offer but have homeowners take immediate take action.
PS  If you would like more information on the TASER C2, CLICK HERE.

Hardwire vs RF Security System

June 17, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

Courtesy of Home Security 911-Hardwire vs Wireless Security System
When I began my career in the home alarm industry 20+ years ago as a Security Consultant, the prominent type of security system was the hardwired system. The wireless system was available to purchase but the quality and reliability was very poor with many false alarm problems. There were so many outside interferences  causing problems, that the company I worked for (ADT Security) quit selling the wireless system in our area until the technology was better perfected.
Throughout the last twenty years there has been a big push to improve the wireless technology and it is now an exceptional product. For the alarm industry the wireless systems have been perfected to the point where they are basically false-alarm free. And that’s what homeowners want - Reliability!
Just look at our wireless industry and you see wireless cell phones, Bluetooths, telephones, internet, satellite TV, and all types of communications. A lot of time, money, and development have been invested to make this technology the best!
So back to what the best type of home security system is. There are many things to take into consideration in order to say Yes or No between the two types of systems. As a Security Consultant, my preference was to meet with a homeowner to check the construction and layout of the home in order to make the right system recommendation. Quoting the hardwired system and not seeing difficult wire runs could cause some definite customer relation problems.
You don’t have those same wire run problems with the wireless system so a professional security representative can actually quote the homeowner a price over the phone by asking pertinent questions about the home.  For the busy homeowner this may be the perfect solution rather than spending an hour with a sales representative and perhaps feeling pressured.
Here are things you should consider when looking at the Wireless System:  
  • Can easily add security devices no matter the construction. Easy installation.
  • Takes less time to install vs. the hardwired system. Less time-more efficient.
  • Purchase price is usually less due to improved technology + installation. Cost-effective.
  • The security devices are easily be re-installed in your next home.
  • The installation is clean with no visible holes from drilling. Clean installation.
  • With some systems you may be able to program to turn on lights, garage doors, and activate emergency panic alert alarms. Program flexibility.
  • You can set up wireless remote panic buttons capable of activating 100+ feet away from the main control unit.  Wireless emergency features.

Here are things you should consider when looking at the Hardwired System:

Many people still feel the hardwired system is a more reliable system due to a direct connection. Reliability due to direct connection.

  • It may take longer to install due to the homes construction, therefore, costs may be much higher than the wireless system. Longer installations/higher costs.
  • It may be difficult for sales rep to absolutely know for sure the technician can run and hide all wires. (Depends on the skill of the tech). The technician will make that determination. Time is money - some wire runs can increase costs.
  • Exposed wires are ugly and any holes drilled in the wrong areas can leave unsightly blemishes in your home. Unsightly damage to interior of home.
  • If you are building your home, a hardwired system at this point is easy to install and all wiring can usually be concealed. New construction good for hardwired.

As the homeowner you will make the ultimate decision on the type of system that is best for your home. Look at the equipment and consider any issues related to how it will be installed. You will want to keep in mind not only the beauty of your home but how the system will function.  Today the wireless security system offers advantages that are both cost-effective and versatile for the homeowner.

Protect your family and home now!

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-”HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Installing Your Security System

April 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Solutions

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.

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