This article is not gonna hammer down the philosophy that we live in uncertain times, times of paranoia, where you need to protect yourself at all times with a sub machine gun, and that you need to protect your home like a scene out of India Jones, with booby trapped boulders, skulls and pits of snakes. The approach here is more practical than that.
Should You Be Overly Concerned With Your Personal Security?
Depending on where you live, how isolated you are, your possessions, and your own concerns about your families personal security, you can have a security plan tailor made to your needs. Websites like Personal Sec show you the options when it comes to your safety.
You will find aspects covered like:
- Alarming your home
- Surveillance camera systems
- Mobile Alarm Technology
- Protecting Your Home
- Protecting Your Identity
- Protecting Your Safety Equipment
Financial Incentives To Look After Your Individual Safety
The fact is this – the majority of burglars are put off by a good home security alarm system. Apart from this, one extremely practical reason for having an alarm and locks on your windows (plus dead bolts on your doors) is purely financial. If you have an alarm system on your home your insurance premiums will be lower. Depending on how good your system is you can get various discounts.
Something to bear in mind about alarms is that you need something that will work in a power cut. The best alarms have a back up battery fail safe that will last for days. This is great for when you are off on vacations or out of town for a few days.
In the event that your alarm is triggered a representative from the alarm company will immediately give you a call. If you fail to answer, and if you or someone pretending to be you gives the wrong password, then the alarm company will notify the police immediately.
You can even set up a password that you can use under duress. The alarm company will then switch off the alarm, but also secretly contact the police.
Not everyone lives in a dangerous area, but opportunists can strike in any location. Even the presence of an alarm can deter criminals. There are many CCTV systems that also allow you to log in from your computer and view your home. This is also good if you have family members at home and want to check if they are ok.
Once you have people in your home you cannot switch on the alarm normally during the day without it causing too much fuss. You can also log in to your home security cameras when on vacation. This gives you double security incase your alarm system goes down or is disabled.
Television cameras can also secure evidence for prosecutions if criminals attempt to break into your home whether you are there or not. Again the best systems will have back up batteries if the power gets cut.
Boost Your Home Security With Keyless Entry Systems
Ever lost your keys or had them stolen, or are you the type to leave a spare key under the mat, above the door ledge, or under a plant? These are all common areas an observant burglar will check. If they are performing their own surveillance on your home these are the things they will watch out for.
You can have opt for keypad on your door handle which allows you to program a code for locking and unlocking the door. Handy also for using in select rooms inside your home that you like to keep valuables in, or perhaps to prevent children getting into a room with dangerous materials (or your own brand new surround sound 3DTV system).
Stop Pestering Calls
Another reason for having a discreet CCTV camera at the door is to avoid unwanted calls. Indeed you can even have these placed outside your gate with an intercom so you needn’t take any more unwanted sales calls.
One more practical reason for avoiding calls is for vulnerable adults or senior citizens. With a camera at your door you can have this footage wired to a channel on your TV. If you think the person is dubious or they appear to be looking suspiciously around your home you can choose not to let them in, and even call the police.
In extreme situations you can avoid unwanted friends and relatives from getting into your home! Just don’t switch the lights on.
Join Your Residents Neighbor Hood Watch Association
Join a residents or neighborhood watch association. If you don’t have one consider starting it yourself. Here is some information on the steps you can take to get started. Remember if you have good relationships with your neighbors you can watch out for one another and alert each other if they see anybody acting suspiciously or casing out your house.
Keep in mind it’s not always your house that’s at risk, but your children or your spouse, or your parents left at home on their own.