Research shows that homes with security systems are 3 times less likely to be burglarized than homes without security systems. An investment in home security can mean more than just peace-of-mind at home, it can mean substantial savings on your homeowner’s insurance… in some places as much as 20%.
The home security market has become almost bastardized recently with all kinds of options entering the security sales arena. From off-the-shelf kits at stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot to DIY solutions from various new providers and big-box Golliaths like ADT, selecting a quality security solution can be a daunting task.
Planning your home security system (one that will truly keep your family safe and secure) requires paying attention to details and thinking like a thief. NOT just falling for the latest “free home security system” ad that pops onto your computer screen. It also means going beyond getting a dog and placing a security sticker in the front window.
Quality home security takes planning, finess and consideration of some pretty neat home automation measures. This means using a combination of sensors, lighting, locks, and control panels to provide continual security that can’t be tampered with. Plus, for the one that likes convenience and home control on-the-go, don’t forget to consider these options, as well… Just about every manufacturer has some type of intelligent home security gizmo to make life easier.
To that end, the following are some things we strongly recommend incorporating as you are planning your home security system:
- Light things up. Be sure the exterior of your home is well lit, and that all entryways and windows are covered with a blanket of light. Further, connect your lights to motion sensors that will trip if someone tries to approach them.
- Sensors that sense danger. It’s a good idea to attach sensors to windows and doors. These provide instant notification when the circuit is broken, and they can be hidden so they can’t be seen from the outside of the home.
- Snuff out smoke and other hazardous fumes. It’s always a good idea to have sufficient smoke, radon, and carbon monoxide alarms. Remember, not every security threat comes from outside your home and these three are silent killers you shouldn’t ignore.
- Go wireless. Wireless security systems are easier to install and much more difficult to tamper with.
- Plan strategically. Place your control panels out of sight from the outside of your home, and in a location that’s easily accessible should you ever need to push the panic alarm.
We invite you to contact us at SHIELD Security Systems today for more help planning your home security system. Our team will be happy to provide you with quality security system products, 24/7 central station monitoring and , best of all, your complete satisfaction.