Wondering how to thoroughly protect your home?  The security measures you take will depend on your needs and budget, but the importance of home security shouldn’t be overlooked.  According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be broken into.

Consider these home security essentials:

The Basics

  • Heavy-duty doors and locks keep unwanted “guests” out and give you peace of mind.  You can also secure your windows to make it harder for a home-invader to shatter them.
  • Keep your property well-tended.  Overgrown shrubbery makes it easier for a sketchy character to sneak inside without being seen by the neighbors.  Making your home look “lived in” discourages would-be intruders.
  • Outside lights reduce the risk that a crime will happen on your property at night.
  • Plan what you will do if a burglary occurs, especially if it happens while you are home.

Commonsense approaches go a long way toward protecting your home.  According to Forbes:

Forget about installing steel shutters, unsightly bars and razor wire. Today’s technology can provide more security, without turning your home into a prison.

That said:

Home security systems are the first line of defense against hardened criminals and burglars of opportunity.

Consider the components of a high-quality system:

Sensors and Cameras

Most people think that motion sensors will be adequate to detect a home intrusion, but they have to be turned off while you’re at home or the alarm will sound.  Doors are the weakest and tend to be the most oft-used points of entry, so equipping them with sensors is crucial to securing your home.  You can leave them on at all times, so you will be warned even if a thief tries to get in while you’re at home.  Many security systems also come with window and glass-break sensors.  These add extra protection, giving you more information about a possible break-in and more control over how you respond.  (For instance, door alarms are highly likely to be triggered accidentally, so you may want to rule that out before calling the police).

Surveillance cameras allow you to keep tabs on your property at all times.  If a suspicious individual is on the premises, you can capture images of it, making it easier for the police to identify the guilty party.

Smoke and Heat Monitoring

High-quality security systems offer additional safety features.  Homes are required to have working smoke detectors, but, like unmonitored security systems, these don’t necessarily afford full protection.  Monitored systems automatically summon the fire department if a smoke alarm is activated, something smoke detectors alone can’t do.  This amenity is especially advantageous if a fire breaks out when you’re away from home or while you’re sleeping.

Remote Interactive Monitoring

The best systems can be managed remotely by logging into an account or using smartphone apps.  With these features, you can adjust alarm system settings, check the system’s history, and arm and disarm the alarm.   Wireless cameras are monitored from a remote center, which sends you text or email alerts if an alarm is activated, and may summon the police if needed.

Cellular Monitoring

Many of the safest and most reliable security systems operate via cell phone networks.  With land lines quickly becoming obsolete, and Internet connections not always reliable, cellular monitoring is a trend that is rapidly gaining momentum.

A High-quality Security Company

This should go without saying, but many people don’t do enough research beforehand, perhaps because there are so many choices on the market.  People often make a decision just based on price, but it’s important to read reviews and compare options.  A reputable company will value its clients and treat them accordingly, offering dependable monitoring services and going the extra mile to provide courteous, helpful customer support.

Don’t Forget the Toolkit

If your system involves DIY installation, there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand to get it up and running.  These “behind the scenes” essentials probably won’t be included when your equipment is delivered to you.

Are you interested in installing or upgrading a home security system?  Contact Protect America to learn more and get a free quote.