Resources on Home Security Topics
Components of a Burglar Alarm System
Learn the basic components of a home burglar alarm system on Structured Home Wiring.com. Alarm components can be put into categories: input devices, 24-hour input devices, output devices, alarm panel, and keypads. The door and window sensors send messages directly to a monitoring station and alert authorities to the fact that someone is attempting to enter a home unannounced. Motion detectors send an alarm whenever there is motion in an area that is not supposed to have movement. Learn where the best areas are to set up a motion detector. The control station is the brain of your entire system. It is from the control station that you program your system. Signs and Window decals warn burglars that your home is equiped with a protection system. Since most home thieves are opportunists they will usually by-pass a home that is protected in favor of an easier target elsewhere.
Home Security Checklist
No home is absolutely burglarproof. If a burglar targets your home for some reason, there is virtually nothing that will keep him out if he is determined enough. However, by taking a few precautionary steps you can make your home unattractive to burglars and less likely to be broken into. Here checklist from the Sacramento County, California Sheriff to use to check your home for safety measures. Items where you check the No box indicate areas where you should take action to improve your home's security and decrease the likelihood that your home is targeted for a crime. The checklist is broken out in the following categories: Exterior Doors, Garage and Sliding Door, Protecting Windows, Outdoor Security, Security When Away from Home, and Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property. Taking For Security When Away from Home as an example, the items are: at least two light timers have been set to turn the lights on and off in a sequence; there's a motion detector or other alarm system that can be activated; mail and newspaper delivers have been stopped or will be handled by a neighbor or friend; and a neighbor has been asked to tend the yard and watch your home when you are away. Burglars are generally opportunistic. In other words, they enter homes that present the easiest target. If you follow this checklist from the Sheriff of Sacramento County, your house will not be on your neighborhood burglar's to-do list.
Home Security Tips from Do It Yourself Network
This 20-minute video on DIY Network is an interesting presentation on the science of home security. It teaches you a burglar's tricks so that you can stay a step ahead. There are a lot of demonstrations to show rather than just tell in making points. For example, they demonstrate how easy it is to break window locks and smash windows to break into a home. They show how you can use a special film treatment on your windows that make them somewhat shatterproof and much harder to break through. And then there's a bar stop that serves as a backup to a single lock system on a window, which is not very secure. These are both inexpensive yet fairly effective and therefore good value for the money spent. If you can afford it, the best solution is windows with a higher-end casing, reinforced hinge, metal locks and a protective laminate baked into the glass. Burglars like to get in and out in less than 10 minutes. A home security system makes your home three times less likely to be broken into (it's good to have that (ADT sign in front of the house). An average system is about $300, though they range from $50 to thousands of dollars. Most motion detectors work off of passive infrared technology, which means look for both heat and motion. You can get motion detectors that won't be set off by your pet, or by an accidental breakage from something falling, yet will go off if a window is broken. The video offers other tips, such as take an inventory of what you have so you'll know what's been taken, engrave your valuables, and creating hiding places for them.