Find a home security system that suits your lifestyle

2015-05-21 06:00
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MOST break-ins occur during the day when the home is unoccupied. What? You thought break-ins only occurred at night? Wrong.

But, if you’re like most people, you care about your family and what happens to them. That’s why you’re looking for a good security system for your home. Here’s how to find it.

What’s your lifestyle like?

Your lifestyle will largely determine what type of security system you need. So, for example, let’s say you are a nomad of sorts. You work a lot of jobs that are out of town. You visit construction sites or you’re stuck in an office meeting.

Your home is empty most of the time. The type of security system you would want would be very different from the type that a senior citizen who stays at home all day would want.

You may need remote monitoring, for example, while someone who stays home all day may only need basic proximity sensors, glass-breakage sensors, and a direct line to the emergency and rescue and police.

If you have a busy family, you may want upgraded security features to protect your children if they’re home alone after school before you get home from work.

Where should you put the control panel? Placement of the control panel is an important decision too. You don’t want the panel in plain view where anyone can see you arm and disarm it. At the same time, you want to make it easily accessible to you and family members.

Consider having it installed near the front door, or around a corner where it’s not easily seen, but where you will be able to get to it quickly when you come home.

What about mobile control? Some of the newer alarm systems allow you to receive text messages and emails about important events happening at your home. Some will also come with video and audio surveillance.

How many points of entry do you need to protect?

It might seem like a silly question, but some people honestly don’t think they need to have all points of entry covered. While this might seem dangerous, it can make sense in certain limited instances.

The potential points of entry that seem obvious to you may not be the ones that are ultimately used. For example, many homes have front doors that are equipped with advanced security features such as double locks and reinforced frames, yet these same homes may have poorly maintained or flimsy window latches.

Bathroom windows may often be left ajar to allow excess humidity to escape the room and avoid moisture. If such a window does not have bars and can fit a human head, then it is a potential entry point.

So consider all available security product options, get an expert to have a look if in doubt about anything and think carefully about securing all points of entry.

- Property24

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