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Information on the Best Security Systems For Your House
Which type of security system is best?
The answer to this question lies with you and your protection needs.
Generally, a perimeter security system is better for those with:
• Small children
• Expensive merchandise
• High crime area
• Large budget
• Desire to keep the intruder on the outside of the home
An interior security system is better for those:
• Constantly away out of the home
• Large, open rooms
• Older or no children
• Smaller budget
Hybrid Security Systems
It’s common for many people to develop a combination of the two types of security systems. They may want the exterior protection for certain areas or doorways, but only want the interior protection for a few other areas of their home.
For a two story home, the homeowner may want contacts on each exterior door, window contacts on the front windows, a glass break detector in the kitchen (for the windows and sliding glass door), and motion detectors by the front stairs and in the garage. This way there is a solid perimeter defense for the obvious entry points, and the other critical areas are protected by the motion detectors. Should a burglar still break into the home, they’re not going to make it up the stairs or into the garage without being detected.
Now here’s a question that plagues most homeowners in Mumbai who want to install security systems in their houses. Should I just buy all the equipment and install it myself with the help of an electrician or should I hire security equipment consultants who will advise me on the best options and also take the responsibility of installation and once installed also ensure that the equipment is fully functional and doing what it is supposed to do.
Professional company versus Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
If you are handy with basic electronics and don’t want your security system monitored by a company, then you may want to look into building your own security system. It is fairly easy to get started with a basic kit (available in most electronic shops) and then add-on whatever extra components are necessary. This is cheaper than buying a system from a security company like ours and you have the freedom to design the system any way you want.
The only major downside is that should you want the system monitored in the future, many security companies will not monitor a system that was not installed by a professional installer. You may be required to have a technician examine your system, or possibly have it replaced entirely with one of their systems. Most of the professional companies offer special package deals for the different sizes and styles of security systems. With all of the different equipment and types
of sensors available, a professional company should be able to handle all of your security concerns for a very reasonable fee.
The major companies commonly offer product warranties and satisfaction guarantees should anything go wrong. Competition from the different national and local security companies can often work to your advantage. Bidding wars and extra bonuses throw into the package will make you the winner in the end. If you’re planning on doing business with a major security company, be prepared to sign a service contract. Most companies offer the industry standard three year contract, and there are penalties for early termination. Also, be ready for the visit from the company sales representative.
Other Security Accessories For Your Home
Today’s society is proving that at times, just having a home security system isn’t enough to protect your home. It’s necessary to go further a few extra steps to help ensure that nobody messes with you or your family. One or several of these accessories can greatly reduce the chances of having an intruder.
This is one of the simplest yet most effective means of preventing a nighttime intruder. There are two elements that night intruders hate the most: light and noise. Lighting up darkened areas brings unwanted attention to them, and they’ll quickly retreat back to the shadows.
If possible, mount a floodlight on each side of your home or aprtment complex. This will create a “barrier of light” and make it very difficult for somebody to approach your home unnoticed. If budget is an issue, focus on lighting the back of the building and the driveway / garage area.
Neighbourhoods in Mumbai usually have streetlights and well lighted driveways, whereas the backside and garage areas are usually dark. Trees and bushes inside the compound make it even darker. 80% of intruders break in through a door. Always make sure that each of your exterior doors is illuminated on the outside. If somebody wants to break into your home that way, make them stand in the light and be seen by your neighbors.
A deadbolt is a necessity for every exterior door. Ordinary locking doorknobs can easily be defeated by carding, prying or lock picking, but a deadbolt will add an extra element of security to your home. Remember each visible (important!) security device will convince more and more intruders to stay away from your home.
As mentioned above, each exterior door needs to have a deadbolt installed. Having a deadbolt only on your front door means that an intruder is going to walk around your home to a less secure side door or window. Remember that intruders commonly look for the easiest way into homes. If that means entering through an unsecured window on the dark side of the building, then that’s the route they’ll most likely take.
Deadbolts that you can lock and unlock from the outside come in two styles – single and double cylinder. A single cylinder deadbolt uses a turnpiece on the inside, but needs a key on the outside. A double cylinder deadbolt requires the use of a key both inside and outside to lock/unlock the door. If you have windows on or next to the door, then do not use a single cylinder deadbolt! It’s too easy for a criminal to break the glass, reach inside and turn the turnpiece to unlock the door.
Some people are afraid of using a double cylinder deadbolt because of the fact that you need to use a key inside the house. If there was a fire or emergency, they don’t want to have to hunt for the key. An easy solution is to hang a spare key on a wall near the door, but well out of arm’s reach from the closest window. If your home has small children, then make sure the key is low enough for them to reach in an emergency. Practice using the key a few times and you’ll see just how easy and much more secure it is than with a single cylinder deadbolt.
NOTE – Having an outside accessible deadbolt does not guarantee that burglars cannot break into your home. Like most locks, they can be defeated with a little time and practice. What they do is buy you extra time should an intruder attempt to challenge your security devices. The longer it takes an intruder to defeat your locks, then the less likely it is that they’ll make it into your home without being noticed. Deadbolts also deter some intruders and keep the novice ones away from your home.
Another type of deadbolt is an interior accessible deadbolt. These are “one-sided” deadbolts that you can only access from the inside of your home. That type of lock is excellent for unused side doors, or for your main door once you’re home for the evening. With no part of the lock being outside your door, it’s extremely difficult for an intruder to break in through that door.
Below is a graphic showing how the Cellular backup technology works to secure your safety:
Security companies monitor security systems through the telephone lines. Without those lines, the monitoring center will not be able to receive any trouble codes from your alarm. You alarm will still go off and the siren will sound during a break-in, but the monitoring company won’t know about it.
Take a look outside your home and see if your telephone line is exposed. It commonly runs down the side of the building before going underground to the nearest junction box. The problem is that it’s very easy for a criminal to cut that exposed part to disrupt the connection.
Many seasoned criminals know about that flaw, and those daring enough to rob your home will take advantage of it. Criminals aren’t the only element that can cut the phone wire. Storms, heavy gusty wind and even construction crews can accidentally bring down the wires too.
Would you still feel protected knowing that it could be a few days before the connection is restored again?
If the option is available through your security company, you may want to invest in a cellular back-up system. This device simultaneously broadcasts your security information to the monitoring center through the cellular frequencies. Should the phone lines go down for any reason, you’ll still be monitored with the cellular back-up unit. As long as you live within range of a cell phone tower then you’ll be monitored.
It is becoming more common for people to use cell phones instead of land lines in their home. With this advance in technology and convenience, more and more security companies are offering the cellular broadcasting devices. It is
certainly possible that in the near future all home security systems will be monitored this way.
NOTE – There is a security flaw with the cellular back-up devices. There are hand held cellular blocking or cellular jamming devices available online. Through the use of one of those devices it’s conceivable that an intruder can temporarily block the cellular signals around your home, and thus stop the connection between your security system and the monitoring center. The cellular jammers are illegal to sell and possess in countries like the US and India, and right now they’re still relatively unknown amongt criminals. The odds of a criminal using it are very low, but it is a very real threat to the system.
Home security is now considered a critical part of today’s society. Whether you’re renting an apartment or you own your own home, intruders and burglars can strike where you live. Today’s society is more dangerous than ever, and it is your responsibility to protect yourself and those you love.
It is mind-boggling to analyze and prevent every single way an intruder can enter a building. As criminals become better educated through their peers and through the use of the internet and the availability of cheaper technology devices, more and more of these criminal minds will find ways to get around locked doors and motion detectors. This article is intended to give you a better idea of some of the more basic concepts in home security and ways to protect against more of the novice or simple-minded burglars.
Remember – The best weapon in home security is willpower. From learning about current burglary tactics to doing a complete security review of your home to taking the necessary actions to prevent an intrusion, willpower is what will help you from becoming a crime statistic. Do the right thing and take preventative actions today. Even something as simple as adding timers to your lights could prevent a burglar from selecting your home.
If somebody is desperate enough to break into your home, they will find a way to do so. Start taking some concrete action today itself to secure your home. Because tomorrow may be too late! If you would like to know more about the security solutions that we provide you may call me on: +91 98195 80458. Also do click on the links below to read more about our solutions.
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Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best home security agency Mumbai. Apart from specializing in marital investigations, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.
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