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When thinking about having a security system installed there are 6 aspects to consider. I will be listing each and discussing the values of each in the next few weeks.

Basically they are: (1) yard signs & window/door decals, (2) perimeter window & door contacts, (3) interior protection devices, (4) fire protection,(5) carbon monoxide detectors, (6) special partitions.

The yard signs & window decals are very important. It lets a would be thief know you are protected by an alarm system. A burglar does not want to encounter an alarm system because first it limits the time he has to steal from you and there is a good possibility he will get caught.

Would you break into a house with an alarm system when your neighbor does not have one??? Which one would you burglarize??? Place your signs & decals on all sides of the house so your home cannot be approached by someone and not know you have an alarm system.

Some criminals watch the newspaper for certain events; weddings, funerals, births, retirements etc.

Here’s an example: John Doe and Mary Smith will be Wed at St. Mary’s church January 15 at 6:00 pm and will be honeymooning on a cruise in the Caribbean for two weeks following the reception. This means that all the nice wedding presents, still in their boxes, will be waiting for a burglar.

Unfortunately, many burglaries have taken place while you are attending a loved ones funeral. Leave someone at home during this time.

If you are planning an extended vacation or such, share your story in the newspapers after you come home. It will make a better story anyway. Don’t put information in the newspapers that will invite a burglar to your home.

Posted on December 20th, 2005 at 05:06 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,home surveillance and monitoring - Comments (0)

It is important that you research the alarm company carefully before you sign a contract with them. Most alarm companies require that you to sign at least a three year monitoring contract. It is very hard to get out of this contract if you are dissatisfied with your service.

Some questions to ask:
1. Is the monitoring center UL Approved.
2. How many agents are on duty at any time? (some smaller compaies only have one or two on duty. If there are a lot of calls coming into the center at the same time, some calls could be lost.)
3. Do you send a call report of alarms?
4. Is your company licensed by the state?
5. What kind of security checks does your company perform on your personnel? Does the sales representative have a license by the state, also the installing technician? (Most states do a criminal background check on all alarm company employees and require them to carry and update this at all times.)
6. Is the equipment you install UL approved?
7. Is an alarm license required by the city you live in? If so, what penalties does the community impose for multiple alarms?

A good idea is to call your local police department and ask them what alarm companies they have the most problems with. They can’t recommend a company but they can tell you about the companies that do inferior work. Ask your neighbors who have an alarm system.

Be sure and do your research before you install an alarm system.

Mistakes made in installing an alarm system:

Most alarm systems are tied into your phone system to call the monitoring center when the alarm is activated. Quite often the alarm companies tie the alarm system into your phone line leaving the wire exposed to the outside. Even if they tie it into the phone lines inside the home, the out-going phone lines are still exposed outside the home. These exposed lines can be cut by a would be burglar so the alarm system will not call the monitoring center.

There are several solutions to this problem. The easiest way is to have your alarm technician to run a (6) wire to connect the system to your phone line. They have to run a (4) pair anyway so the extra pair could be used for a loop when cut would sound the alarm.

The best solution is a “cellular system“. This system is secured inside your home and will automatically sieze the line if the phone line goes down for any reason. This system will call the monitoring center via radio waves just as your cellular phone system works. This is the best protection you can add to your security system. The expense is worth every penny for security.

There are also “line siezure” systems. These monitor your phone line at all times and if there is and interuption of phone service your alarm will activate causing the siren to sound. Even if they phone line is cut, the burglar does not know if you have a wireless back-up system. So when the system goes into alarm and the siren is blaring away the burglar will flee.

Talk to your alarm company and ask about the different ways they have of protecting your phone lines. A system that does not report to the monitoring center is dangerous. It gives you a false sense of security.

Posted on November 30th, 2005 at 20:01 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,security services,wireless security systems - Comments (0)

The four things burglars hate are: Light, Noise, Exposure and Time.

Records show that most burglaries are done during the hours of 10am to 2:30 pm. Why? Dad’s at work and mom’s out doing her errands while the kids are at school. He’ll be home around 5:30 pm but mom wants to be home when the kids get home from school. This time of day he has all the natural light he needs.

Noise .A security system should have the loudess siren on it. Even if you do not have the system monitored, which is not good, he knows he’s been detected and will flee the home. This also why he would rather kick in a door than break a window. Windows make a distinct noise when they break alerting your neighbors. Doors just a low thud noise. Put good locks and dead-bolts on all doors.

Exposure. Does your home have high shrubberies, dense trees, stockade fencing or something that will give a burglar a place where he can’t be seen? Trim the shrubs so they are no taller than waist high.

Time is the burglars most worst enemies. Most burglars are in your home only three to ten minutes. They have a system of where to go to grab what they want and leave as fast as they can. Don’t leave items out to cut down on the time it takes to steal from you.

Start looking at your home inside and out as a burglar would do.

Posted on November 22nd, 2005 at 09:22 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,motion sensors,security doors - Comment (1)

It always amazed me of how many people would put in a security system and not arm the second floor windows. Most of these homes had the Master Bedroom on the second floor. That’s the most treasured room in the home because that’s where most of the “stuff” a burglar wants is in the master bedroom. Jewelry, cash, passports, blanks checks, guns, etc.

Many ladders are left outside giving the burglar access to the second floor. It might not be your ladder, it could be your neighbors.

Even if you don’t have an alarm system it’s still wise to lock ALL windows & doors in your home. A burglar that sees a window cracked open on the second story will go to great lengths to come into your home through it. Word for today, “Lock It.”

Have you ever walked into your home and just had the feeling some one had come into your home or is there right now? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to tell if this had happened.

One way is to leave a small amount of one dollar bills on a table near the door you use the most often. Place them in plain sight on a table by the door and easily seen by you when you enter your home.

If a burglar has entered your home he most likely will pick up this money as moves through your home. It’s too tempting to leave it there and he feels it’s ready cash for him.

The first things you should do when you come home is to look to see if the money is still there where you left it. If you see it’s gone, back out of the home immediately and call the police.

I would recommend installing a security system in your home. If you already have one in place and your home has been violated without setting off the alarm, call the company to have it checked out.

Posted on November 14th, 2005 at 20:44 by Alex Smith in Home Security Systems,home surveillance and monitoring - Comments (0)

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