Home Security Devices

With rising crime rates come greater security concerns, and nothing helps
protect you and yours like installing a number of home security devices in your
home. Electronic alarms, barrier bars, and motion detectors are just a few of
the home security options available to you to choose from. Home security devices
are excellent security investments because they perform the dual duty of
deterring intruders and alerting you to the unwanted presence of an uninvited
guest in your home.

Electronic Security Systems
Electronic security systems are probably the most effective of all the home security devices you can install in
your home. In fact, many convicted burglars admit that if a home is protected by
an electronic security system, they will move on and choose another target.
Electronic security systems usually include a whole house system that is wired
into a central panel. That central panel will detect any break-ins, be it
through doors or windows, as well as the presence of intruders inside the home
using motion detectors, after which several things happen. First of all, a loud
alarm sounds to alert you to the intruder and to warn him that his presence is
known. Secondly, your electronic system will then contact your security
provider, who will either send out a security professional of their own, or call
the proper authorities, to come secure the residence. For the ultimate in
security, you can’t beat an electronic security system.

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Wireless Security System Options

Wireless Security Cameras: Security cameras are a popular element of
any home security system and for good reason. Along with security surveillance,
you can also keep tabs on your children as they move and play throughout your
home and yard. As effective as cameras are, to truly protect your home from
burglars, you’ll probably want to use them in combination with another security
device.

Wireless Alarms: Wireless alarms are the most common home security
devices used. Some homeowners are annoyed or lulled into a false sense of
security, however, when an alarm goes off unnecessarily. Try to find an alarm
that is easy to operate, isn’t set off by a neighborhood cat or a strong wind,
but will still provide your home security if an intruder does invade your home.

Wireless Motion Detectors: Motion detectors provide an extra layer of
warning and deterrent to would be burglars, but also keep your home well-lit
without expending a ton of extra energy to keep exterior lights on all evening.
They can be designed to trigger an alarm or other warning, driveway or walkway
task lighting, or some combination of the two. Even if you decide to keep your
motion detector separate from an alarm system, many burglars are less likely to
rob your home if they know they can be more easily spotted by neighbors.

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Home Security Systems

ADT Security helps protect:

Over 90% of the Fortune 500 companies. Most U.S. retailers and financial institutions.
6 Million American homes and families. U.S. Government buildings.
Over 100 U.S. airports.

An ADT alarm system offers you:
Sophisticated protection for the entire home and family – whether you’re home or away.

This includes 24/7 monitoring for:

  • Burglary
  • Fire/Smoke
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Medical Emergencies and more…
Our Guarantee
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Theft Protection Guarantee
  • Mover’s Security Guarantee
  • Lifetime Service Warranty
  • Homeowners Insurance Certificate

Burglary Prevention – Home Security System

A Monitored Home Security System That Gives You Peace of Mind

Monitored home security systems provide the ultimate level of protection.
Hopefully you haven’t waited  until AFTER the burglary or fire to consider
your need for a home security system.

The first thing you will want to do is to think about what are your home
security risks and what you can do about them. Even before you install an alarm
system, you can lower your security risks by simply using common sense.

Burglary Prevention

With the FBI reporting that over a 10 year period about 1 in 4 homes were
burglarized, most local police departments recommend a monitored alarm system,
especially for homes containing high value items. (Is there any item of more high
value than your family?)

Residential burglars are mostly creatures of opportunity. They look for
obvious vulnerabilities like poor lighting, shrubs to hide their activities,
unlocked doors and windows, ladders lying around to help them gain access to
upstairs windows, and predictable patterns of homeowner behavior. Just by taking
a few sensible precautions, you can lower your risk.

Monitored home security systems typically take care of you once the
burglar is in the process of breaking in or is inside the house. It’s your job
to provide the “ounce of prevention” which hopefully means the monitored
security system will not be called upon.

Learn not to put out invitations to burglars. Don’t make it easy for them
to “case the joint” you live in.

Contrary to popular belief, more residential burglaries happen in the
daytime while people are at work or running errands than at night. If your car
is always parked in the driveway when you’re home and not out of sight in the
garage, you are leaving a signal for the burglar.

If you leave your garage door open with your expensive tools lying
around, you’re putting out the welcome mat and forgetting home security.

Evaluating a Monitored Home Security System

In evaluating a monitored home security system, you should compare both
features and quality, together with the company’s business reputation within
their industry.

Since you may be dealing with a local affiliate of a nationwide company
like ADT, you will want to ask for information on the local
business owner’s insurance, business license and how many years doing business
in your community. Ask for referrals from other people in your community for
whom they have done home security installations. Also ask if monitoring is done
locally or from outside the state.

One feature you should look for is sensors on the windows and doors so
that when the connection is broken the alarm is activated. Sometimes just the
sight of a sign or sticker indicating your house is protected
with a sensor system is enough to deter a burglar.

It is important for you to remember to activate the system when you leave
the house and when you re-enter the house. A home security system provides no
home security unless it is turned on!

It is equally important for you to de-activate the system after you enter
the house. If you break the connection on your alarm sensors by opening the door
and fail to give the monitoring company the “all clear,” they will start their
procedures for a potential burglary in progress.

If your system has the audible alarm feature, you’ll be reminded when the
loud shrieking alarm goes off alerting the neighbors of a potential burglar at
your house, too.

Many monitored home security systems also include a motion detector
feature. Motion detectors only protect AFTER a burglar is inside the house, so
it’s wise to have sensors on windows and doors as well.

Usually, there is a manual police/fire emergency button which you can use
to directly call for help.

Some monitored home security packages include both home intrusion and
fire protection.

Home Monitoring Systems

We all worry about the security of our homes, especially when we have a family to take care of. How do we make our homes as threat-proof as possible without turning it into Fort Knox? Obviously, nobody wants to live in a prison, but is there any way of making your home completely safe from all intruders? The answer to this question is quite obviously a no! If someone wants to get into your home, they will, but there are many ways and means of ensuring that your home is as protected as it can be and also for ensuring that it doesn’t look like an easy target.

Intruders look for homes that appear vulnerable. If you have an open window or gate, or valuables in full view of anyone that happens to pass by, you are increasing the dangers of your home security being breached. One way in which you can repel any intruders is by having a clearly visible alarm fitted to the front and back of your home. You can get some great “dummy” alarms that are less costly than full home security systems, but still look like the real thing. It just means that it isn’t worth the intruder breaking in to find out whether or not it is real!

Home Security Systems can be a little costly, especially if you decide to have a fully monitored system, as this generally includes annual subscription charges. However, a price cannot be put on you and your family’s safety. So if you can afford to pay more for a better quality system, it could prove to be a good investment, especially if you have suffered the traumatizing experience of having a break-in.  If used correctly, the security systems can be a great relief for you and your loved ones, and reduces a lot of aggravation. Claiming after a break-in, with the police and insurance companies, is a very time-consuming and irritating process, and anything can reduce that risk, is obviously a good thing. When thinking of investing in a home security system, you should think of how the cost outweighs the risk. Better quality systems will incur a bigger cost, but if you are in an area where home security is threatened regularly, the cost may be worth it in the long run.

You should make sure you shop around for the best deals and arm yourselves with as much information as possible so you know exactly what options are available and how much different packages cost. Don’t just opt in for the first one that you may see, as you could find that other companies may offer a cheaper deal. You should also find out exactly what is offered in your deal before you sign on the dotted line, and work out if there are any extra hidden charges you may have to fork out for. There are so many options available, from the simplest to the ridiculously complicated depending on the level of security you are looking for. Obvious things like signs that say your home is protected and visible CCTV cameras and alarm systems are by far the easiest and cheapest way to make sure that an intruder knows that there will be trouble if he or she decides they want to break in to your house. Broadcast the fact that you are protected and you will have less of a risk than those who have no security whatsoever.

All in all, the decision of home security systems falls on you and your personal choices, but there are people and websites dedicated to helping you find the best ways to protect your home. After all, nobody can put a price on the safety of not only you, but your family as well, and we all know the devastating effects burglary has on a family. It really does pay to be protected.
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Home Security Product Of The Week

Security Without Compromise

Alexor is a wireless control panel, the virtual “brain” of the security suite. Because it is a distributed system, the panel is not attached to the keypad physically, but rather wirelessly. Designed for flexible, secure installation locations within the home, as long as there is access to AC power, Alexor operates via up to four wire-free keypads (the WT5500). If the system changes its armed state or a wireless device is tampered with, Alexor will immediately be signaled and the appropriate transmission will instantly be transmitted to the monitoring station. And because the signals between Alexor Wireless Panel and its wireless peripherals are fully encrypted, communication between all devices is exceptionally secure. The Alexor offers all the reliability of traditional wired/hybrid control panels but with all the convenience that wireless delivers.

Additional Back-up Features via GSM/GPRS and IP Communication Streams

Greater Protection. Complete Security.

With the new Wireless Security System from DSC, featuring the new ALEXOR wireless panel, you can be assured that you are receiving the finest home security system on the market today. With a wide range of complementary security devices, the system offers fully secure, always on communication and complete protection.

Control your System with Confidence

Through the compact and sleek keypad, you control your security system. With easy to use one-touch keys, all family members can use the system with complete confidence. Handy wall or free-standing desk stand options give you more choice in where keypads may be located throughout the home.

Contemporary Design Blends Into Décor

With a sleek and contemporary look, all DSC security devices project a modern feel and at the same time, inconspicuously blend into your home décor.

What Wireless Means for You

Because the system is wireless, it installs quickly with minimal compromise to your home structure. Faster, easier installation means less installer time in your home as well – so you can get on with the business of your day.

"Alexor Home Security"

No more fumbling at the door with an armful of packages or worries about remembering your security code. The wireless key provides you with easy management of your security system, information regarding the status of your system and the added confidence of portable personal protection – at your fingertips. You can arm or disarm your system easily as you approach your house or call for help from anywhere inside or in close proximity to it.

The system can also be managed with DSC’s new “prox” tag. With the prox tag, simply swipe the tag across the front of the keypad and the system is either armed or disarmed. It’s that easy.

  • 32 wireless zones, 16 wireless keys (without using a zone slot)
  • Wireless quick enroll
  • Template programming
  • 16 user codes, 1 master code and 1 maintenance code
  • Account code error checking
  • Alternate communications via GSM/GPRS and IP
  • Onboard siren at 85dB
  • 2 Input/Output terminals
  • 200mA Aux Output
  • 500 event buffer
  • Wall and case tamper
  • 24Hr Battery backup

Wireless Home Security For Renters

Home security is very important to a lot of people but when you are renting a home or apartment you do not have as many options as a homeowner would. Home security for renters can be a little more challenging because of these limited options but there are some things you can do to keep your home safe and secure.

Things like proper locks and outdoor lighting are great but they are not enough to give a lot of people the safe and secure feeling that an alarm system could provide.

You can start by asking your landlord if they would be willing to install an alarm system. They may or may not but it never hurts to ask. If your landlord is not willing to install a security system for you they may give you permission to install one yourself. However, a hardwired alarm system may be a little more invasive than your landlord would like and if this is the case a wireless system may be an option.

Even with a wireless alarm system holes may need to be drilled into walls, but they are easy to fix should you decide to remove the system. A wireless alarm system can be installed with glass break sensors and motion detectors that will not require any drilling into window and door frames. Wireless sensors usually mounted with a double-sided tape.

When it comes to home security for renters, cost may be an issue for a lot of people. There is good news though, a lot of alarm companies will provide the equipment for free as long as you commit to a monthly monitoring contract. Alarm monitoring will typically cost somewhere between $30 and $45 per month but you may be able to get a free or deeply discounted alarm system worth somewhere from $850 to $1200. Shop around, make some phone calls, search online and you’ll definitely be able to find some options that both you and your landlord can live with.