With the Holidays around the corner it’s even more important to make sure you are staying one step ahead of the bad guys. Here are the basics of what a home alarm system does for you and your family. With, or without, a security system you can always take steps to better protect what matters most to you. The 3 “Ds” of security is the why behind how alarm systems work. That ‘s what a home alarm system is designed to do. There are many other steps you can take to protect your home and family that should come before a home security system. By taking the steps necessary, you can make your home much safer than it already is.
Home security strategies can be broadly classified into three categories, often referred to as the three “Ds” of home security. These are deterrence, denial, and detection. Make sure your home is harder to get into and avoid a potential disaster. Alarm systems apply these three categories, but there are many other ways to make sure a burglar doesn’t pick your home!
The First “D”—Deterrence
Burglars are basically lazy and will usually take the “path of least resistance.” You can make your home look too risky to a burglar by using some of these techniques. The harder it looks for a burglar to get away with the crime, the less likely your home is to becoming a target.
A few things you can do to protect your home while you’re gone? Place inside lights, and even a TV and stereo, on a timer when you are away from home. Don’t stop your mail, water, newspaper or other deliveries when you are away. Have a neighbor pick these items up for you. If you have a home security system, make sure you post signs and window decals warning potential intruders that your home is protected.
It’s not rocket science, burglars are looking for the easiest target and your home alarm system is a great deterrence but just having a security sign, beware of dog sign, or stickers, on your doors and windows can also be a great way to make a burglar think twice about breaking in your home.
The Second “D”—Denial
Did you know that two-thirds of all burglars break in through doors? The remaining one-third, statistically, get in through a window on the first level. Believe it or not, its usually the front or back door that is broken into, and more often than not, it isn’t a forced entry.
Another area of interest? A master bedroom on the ground level is also a favorite target.You may be surprised how many burglars will just walk in and take what they want, leaving the way they came in. Simply, making sure you lock up signifigantely reduces your chances of a break in. An unlocked window is another easy way to invite a criminal into your home.
Denial involves making these points-of-entry as impenetrable as possible. You can start by taking the following kinds of precautions:
After moving into a new home, immediately replace all of the locks. Use interconnecting deadbolt locks. And make sure your deadbolts require a key on both sides of the door for access. (For fire safety purposes, leave the key inside the lock on the interior to facilitate an escape.) Sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable. Make sure they are secure by pinning them, which will take care of both horizontal and vertical movement. Look for especially vulnerable points-of-entry and fix them. Chances are good others know about them, too. Put security film over glass panes. At the very least, place a broom stick or rod to make sure it is even more difficult to open a sliding door.
The Third “D”—Detection
No matter how well you incorporate the first two “Ds” in your home defense strategy, a criminal may still decide to violate your home. Here are some techniques to help ensure that he is detected and apprehended if he does:
Professional burglars will tell you that it is often concerned neighbors looking out for one another who detect them committing their crimes and call the police. That’s why most burglaries happen during the day in broad daylight, often in front of others. Acting like they are doing work to your home or like they are supposed to be at your property make it seem so obvious that your neighbors assume the burglars are people who are meant to be in your home. Confidence can fool your neighbors. Today, people will often look the other way when a crime takes plce and they are aware of it so if they aren’t aware there’s a problem what do you think will happen?. Make sure your building relationships with your neighbors and watch out for each other. This is easier said than done but it’s well worth the effort.
If you want to make sure a break in is detected than you need to make an investment for your home security. Install a quality home alarm system that is monitored on a continuous, 24-hour a day basis by a professional alarm monitoring company. Studies show that homes with a security system are more than 3 times less likely to be burglarized than homes without a system. A survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police also showed that more than 90% of Police Chiefs believe in the value of a monitored home security system. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use your security system but it’s better to have one and not need it then to need one and not have it.
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