Know the Basics: Home Security Systems

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Making sure that our family and possessions are kept safe is a key priority for many of us and one of the ways that we can do this is to install a home security system for added security and peace of mind.

Here is a look at the basics if you are considering installing a home security system and what to look out for that will help you decide which one is right for you.

Evaluating your home security

The best starting point is to take a walk around the perimeter of your home and also inside the property, taking notes as though you were a potential intruder looking for the weak spots for entry without detection and seeing what is on display that could be attractive to a burglar.

What to look for in a security system

Having taken a look at the potential vulnerability of your home and contents from an outsiders perspective you should now have a basic understanding at what features of a home security system would be particularly useful to you.

Pets in the home

If you have a dog or cat in the home then you will probably need to consider a system that is zoned so that they do not generate a false alarm when they move across a sensor in the area where they sleep or stay while you are out or consider a system that is able to distinguish between an intruder and a family pet roaming around.

Wireless systems

Having a wireless alarm system fitted is not only cheaper than having your home wired but it also means that a potential intruder is not able to gain access to the wires of a more traditional system and cut them to disable the alarm.

A wireless system gives you a great deal of flexibility and allows you to add more sensors when you want to, allowing you to build up an excellent home security system that covers all possible dangers including warning you of a fire hazard as well as alerting you of an intruder.

Different needs

The home security systems available today are designed to cater for a whole host of different situations and needs. Having a system fitted will allow a senior to stay in their home for longer with the added comfort of their health and wellbeing being monitored, giving added peace of mind from their point of view and taking the strain away from worried relatives.

You can get systems with panic alarms and also remote monitoring when it comes to elderly occupants that can even detect if they have been in one room such as a bathroom for more than a few hours, which might be an indication that they have had a fall or need some help.

Everything covered

Every household has differing requirements when it comes to home security but the basics are that you want all the main entry and exit points covering by a sensor that detects movement or when a window is penetrated. Also consider using a monitoring service where the alarm company are constantly checking the status of your property while you are away and can send someone out to investigate if there is a problem.

Home security systems are not just there to provide a visual deterrent and to monitor your wellbeing, they also go a long way to providing that much valued feeling that comes with peace of mind in knowing that you are doing your best to protect what you love and cherish.

Richard Wolff is a retired police officer and avid blogger. His articles appear mainly on security websites. To learn even more, go to

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