Home Security - are You Safe in Your Own Home?

By: Gail Anderson Metcalf

Crime is always on the rise and home security has never been more important. Your home is at risk all the time but there is a rise in crime during hotter days as people become more and more careless with their home security. Crime prevention is everyone's business, but is most important for homeowners to be aware of the basics of home invasion.


Common burglars do not want a confrontation. They want to burglarize your home and get away before anyone even knows they have been there. Spy cameras are costly, therefore I would inform those seeking home security to consider alarms that alert the police immediately when burglars, or prowlers come to your door.


One of the most common myths is that you are safe in your home within your neighborhood. Unfortunately, many home invasions occur on the weekends during the day when you may leave your garage door open and the inside door to your house unlocked. This is a very common scenario for burglars intent on a quick entry and exit. If they don't get away with valuables, they have enough time to take inventory and return at a later time when it's more convenient.


Locksmith services can help prevent property crime and make you feel more secure. Locksmiths provide many different locking devices, not just the locks on your doors and windows. How about padlocks for the shed, or safes for storing valuables? Not only is a floor safe a good investment for your smaller valuables, having them bolted to the floor in a tight space makes it harder for an intruder to take the safe.


Fireproof safes offer a range of protection from 1 hour to 2 hours fire resistance. The safes can protect important data items such as cds, dvds, dat tapes and optical disks. A call to your local locksmith will provide you with valuable information and maybe even a free estimate.


Installing exterior shutters can be a simple task, no more than affixing panels to the house or attaching doors to the main frame. For better home security it is also possible to get and install operable shutters, which can be closed over windows for protection against storms, these are extremely popular as hurricane shutters and storm shutters, and quite a number of hardware options are available.


Install a motion detector light outside of the house. If someone gets close to your house, the motion detector will be activated and will turn on the light. For those interested in additional security, a wireless home security system could be the protection you need. This allows for easy removal of the system in the event that the homeowners no longer wish to have the alarm system. Wireless sensor networks (WSN) provide an inexpensive and convenient way to monitor physical environments. Wireless home security is easy to install and can protect your home just as well as any other home security system.

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