Defense Against Crime


HOME INVASIONS – Part 2 – Defensive strategies – Alarms Systems (iii)

burgularOne Burglary happens every 15 seconds in America.
Don’t become part of this statistic.


The goal of a residential security system is to detect an intruder as early as possible, alert the home’s occupants to his presence, and scare him away before he does any harm. Progressive layers of protection accomplish this goal. Imagine four concentric circles around your house, with your family and your most valuable possessions at the center. The interior of your home is the second layer, the exterior shell of your home is the third, and the property around your home is the fourth.  In this article of the home invasion series , we are going to provide various alarm recommendations for the outer layers.

 When you drive around many subdivision and neighborhoods you’ll see a plethora of home security signs such as APEX, Sonitrol, ADT, Brinks, ASG and many others. According to the police and other criminal specialist, homes equipped with centrally monitored security alarm systems are 15 times less likely to be targets of break-ins. Home Security Alarm Systems may offer an advantage to you if you live in an isolated area or if you that spend extended periods of time away from your home. Also, if you live in a high crime area or keep valuable items in your home, you may want to consider installing a security system. This article will help you choose one that’s right for your security needs. Indications are that thieves tend to avoid houses fitted with security alarms and links to response companies. It is, however, necessary to be linked to a reputable security company with a strong presence in the area. This should provide for a quick reaction to an emergency. Also, test your security systems on a regular basis and arrange for them to be adequately maintained.


Home Security Alarm Systems and panic systems may not in themselves prevent a criminal attack against a household but may be of value in:  

(1)    detecting a crime in progress and

(2)    activating an emergency reaction system


Determine how much protection you need.

For most people, a system that protects the second and third circles is both effective and cost efficient. This involves sensors on the windows and exterior doors, with interior motion detectors as backup to the point-of-entry protection. The additional cost of protecting the innermost circle adds spot protection for high-value areas, such as a security closet or safe; at this level the system will include 24-hour panic buttons. At the outermost circle of protection, motion sensors let you know when someone has come onto your property. Unless you live in a remote or hidden location, this protection is likely more than you need for the costs involved.  Be sure to get ONLY WHAT YOU NEED, many of those nice extra features the sales person will show you, will also add to the cost.


Decide how you want the system to respond.

At a minimum, include one interior siren alarm system to scare off the burglar and alert you to the situation. You may want to add an exterior siren so that the neighbors know when your alarm is activated. Also, consider whether you want the system monitored by a central station. There are at least two types of monitored systems. One that has the intercom system that the central station can listen to what’s happened in your home when activated, and the other  systems calls you when activated, before they call the police or fire department.


Choose a type of alarm system.

A basic alarm security system is a low-voltage electrical circuit with sensors installed on doors231623sdc and  windows. When the flow of electricity through a sensor is interrupted because the door or window is opened, a siren sounds or a light flashes. Many systems also include motion sensors. When something moves within the sensor’s range, an alarm sounds. Some systems are monitored systems, meaning they send a signal to a central station where operators, in turn, notify police.  Some of monitored systems often call home where the alert happened, before calling the police. 


Compare prices

There are a variety of burglar alarms and security systems available. To determine which level of security best suits your need; compare the services of several companies. If you have an alarm system installed in your home make sure all household members are properly trained at using it. A top notch security system is worthless if it isn’t used…or if it is used improperly.  If you choose to have a monitored system, then get bids from two or three reputable security companies in your area. Be sure to compare not only the installation charges but also annual inspection costs and monthly fees (for monitored systems). You may want to ask some of their customers what they think of the service. Also, check with your insurance agent to see if you’ll receive a discount for installing a certain type of system.


Let them know your armed.

Some times deception works just as well.  Advertise that you have an Alarm Security System, 52387_outside_smalleven If You Don’t Have One: While it’s best to have the real deal, merely posting a Security Lawn Sign or a  sticker might make a thief think twice about breaking into your home. Try to get one from a friend or neighbor who has an Alarm or you can purchase one from companies such as Warning: An experienced thief can spot a fake.


Always leave a low voltage light burning and a radio playing on talk radio quietly when you go out in the evening, this would give the impression that someone is at home. Also remember to either turn your ringers off, or if you have a phone that you can set to go directly to voice mail this will not give the indication that no one is home.


Additional Alert Systems

The utilization of some type of outdoor infrared beams, Driveway Alert System, or passive 261829-37infrared detectors offers the advantage that the home owners will be alerted someone entering the grounds  at an early stage, thus providing them with far more time to react to an emergency situation.


Furthermore, Alarm Systems with remote portable panic transmitters should be carried at all times in order to be able to summon the contracted security company at the first signs of potential trouble. A panic transmitter should be kept in the car.


Alarm systems are only a part of good home security, and electronic systems have to be used properly to be effective.  No method is 100 percent effective against burglaries, but utilizing the tips described above, you can decrease your chances of being the next their next victim. If you need additional information about home security, contact your local Neighborhood Watch Program, Sheriff’s Office or a local security service.


Other security systems which may be considered include video surveillance cameras placed at strategic positions. In our next series we will discuss these systems and the different types available.


By Victor Swindell, owner of, a division of Swindell Enterprises. is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions with our pepper spray, stun guns, and other personal protection products.


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