Quiz time: Did you know that a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in America? With the average dollar loss from a robbery up to $2,119, homeowners and renters need to take caution. While there are many different security measures you can put into place, you need to make sure your home is properly protected. Today’s technology is improving at an increasing rate, and with these advances, new improvements are have also been made to security system technology. Here are the top five security systems for your home in 2012:
1. LifeShield security system: Wireless security is the best protection you can buy, since a burglar can easily bypass a hardwired system by cutting your phone line. However, LifeShield plug and protect technology gives you four layers of backup protection so you’re always kept safe. The self set-up system also provides a mobile application that gives you control of your system from your computer or mobile phone.
2. Security guard dog: A trained dog is useful for many security reasons. First and foremost, a barking dog can alert your neighbors that a stranger is in your home. Secondly, some burglars will avoid these homes altogether because they don’t want to risk getting caught or having to deal with a dog that may bite them. For this reason, make sure it is known that you have a dog by making bowls and leashes visible. You can also post one of those classic “Beware of Dog” sign on your fence. If you have a larger dog, their size alone might be enough to scare away a thief.
3. Cameras with remote monitoring: Cameras, whether inside or outside of your home, can help monitor what is going on in real time. They can also record any intruders in case there is a security event. Newer cameras include features like night-vision monitoring and mobile access. With mobile access your can monitor your home from your phone or computer anywhere in the world. This means you can check on your home throughout the day, anytime you want.
4. Private security guard: While this is a rather expensive option, the truth is that a personal security guard can do more than anything else to stop a burglar in their tracks. Whether they’re stationed at an entrance gate to your community, or posted at the foot of your driveway, a guard has the ability to immediately and directly thwart a burglar.
5. Reinforced doors and windows: Your front and back doors are the most common entry points for burglars. This is because these doors are sometimes either left unlocked or not properly secured in the first place. Doors should have a strong strike plate and lock that is secured with 3 inch screws into the frame. When you leave the home, doors and windows should always remain locked, even if you’re only running out for a few minutes.
Each of these measures has their own advantages and disadvantages, but a combination of them will give you the best security possible. If a burglar does try to gain access to your home, you’ll have multiple layers of backup protection. A safe and secure home will give you peace of mind and the freedom to live your life without worry!
About the Author: Jane Leyman is an expert in home security and theft. She has worked in the home security field for 19 years. In addition to her work experience, she is a member of ASIS International, and has helped dozens of communities organize neighborhood watch groups. Her favorite security setup at the moment is LifeShield’s alarm systems, because they are wireless and feature added protection.