Although burglaries often seem random, they’re not. Would be intruders are always on the lookout for a property that looks primed for them to prey. They look for an unoccupied home with easy street access and cover to conceal them from neighbors, and local law enforcement, as well as a way to escape if they are seen. They tend to avoid homes protected by a security system, good lighting, and clear landscaping.
So safe guarding your family’s home is the key to preventing burglary and home invasion. From good exterior lighting to solid dead bolts to complete home security systems, there are many ways you can make your home safe and sound.
We’ve culled a personal “top five” of cost effective home security items that serve a vital purpose in protecting your home and family.
In reverse order, here are the picks:
5. The wedge alarm
This simple, inexpensive item looks like a door stop. Put it behind any door and if someone tries to get in, the specially shaped alarm stops the door from opening and sounds one hundred and twenty decibels of noise. It also features tamper proof sensors, and is battery operated and easily transportable.
4. The drive way wireless alert system
The Drive Patrol is wireless, has a battery operated, weather resistant range of four hundred feet, and can be placed near your drive way to alert you should unwanted “visitors” approach your home.
3. The digital security camera
You’re looking for a crisp digital image that also records the day and date on photos. Battery operated, inexpensive, and with storage capacity for over two hundred pictures, the Photo Patrol security camera is one item to consider.
2. The voice alert perimeter alarm
Voice alert systems let you know if there is any movement on your property, from cars in your driveway to someone approaching your back door. Programmable, these systems allow the customization of your voice alert, such as “Back porch intruder” or “someone’s in the driveway.” Best of all, if you’re away from home, this type of alert can be set to speak for you, turned up to full volume, serving as a warning that your home and the potential intruder are both under surveillance.
1. The wireless security alarm system
Taking advantage of a complete, hassle-free security system means full safety coverage for your family. Without having to deal with expensive hard wiring or time consuming wiring installation, a wireless alarm system offers sensors that operate through radio signals, light up detectors, and the capability of setting up security zones within your house to easily identify where or when any problems occur. These security systems can include other aspects of home protection besides burglary and break-ins; they can be linked with a smoke alarm and connected to one monitoring center. A solid, inexpensive option is the SimpliSafe security system.
While each of these items are cost effective security measures, most cost effective of all may be the simple fact of having a security system: owning and operating such a system greatly reduces home insurance premiums, and most importantly of all – prevents the expense of replacing stolen items.
Guest article written by: Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from personal to home security systems. Get more advice on the blog Home Security Systems!