4 Key Elements of Home Security


Key Elements of Home Security

While there is a huge amount of concern over Internet security, many homeowners just don’t realize the importance of home security. They’ll buy the latest software to protect their computers against hacks and malicious phishing attempts but have done nothing to protect their home and its contents. If you are looking to protect your family, which is the most cherished element of your household, isn’t it time to consider these four elements of home security?

Key Elements of Home Security

1. Protecting the Perimeter of Your Property

If you have the boundary of your property protected by the right kind of fencing, it makes it much more difficult for would-be intruders to even get to your house. Companies like Northland Fence can best advise you on the types of fencing well-suited to keeping trespassers out, and it really is in your best interest to consider this when working towards keeping your home and family safe.

2. Alarm Systems

There are several types of alarm systems you could choose between, among which are monitored alarm systems and those which are accessible from the Internet, as well as those with loud, blaring sirens that instantly scare intruders away. Consider options that let you monitor the premises, inside and out, with webcams so that you can periodically check in or be notified if an alarm is set off.

3. Sensors on Doors and Windows

Few burglars will break through a wall to access your home, so you obviously know that they will try to break in through windows and doors. If you install sensors on every door and window in your home, an alarm will immediately be triggered that notifies you of the intrusion. Many of these are connected to monitored alarm systems, which send an instant notification to alarm companies who first notify local police and perhaps even send a security specialist out on an emergency call.

4. Motion Sensors Inside and Out

Motion sensors are an extra backup in the event that something goes wrong and intruders gain access to your home. Besides being connected to an alarm, motion sensors also come equipped with high-powered and very bright lights that go on if motion is detected. If you are using a monitored service and are away from home, the company will send out both the police and a service person to reset the alarm if it should simply be a mouse or cat that set it off. Some of these are highly sensitive and an air vent causing a paper to fly off a desk could very well break the circuit causing an alarm.

From fences protecting the perimeters to self or company monitored alarm systems, it is imperative that you do all that you can to ensure the safety of the residents and all your hard-earned possessions. As a final note, even with the latest state-of-the-art security in place, if you are going to be absent for an extended period, notify a trusted neighbor who might be willing to pick up your mail and newspapers, which are a sure sign that no one is home.

While the cat’s away the mice will play – and your home is not a playground. Remember that when it comes to home security!

Erin Emanuel