Demand for reliable alarm systems are on the rise as homeowners become aware of the rising number of burglary incidents in many areas. In practice, they constitute the secondary line of defense against burglars and other house intruders with malicious intent.
The first line of defense, of course, is the set of common home security practices that are generally advised by experts and law enforcement officers.
These include regularly locking windows and doors whenever household occupants are away, owning (guard) dogs whenever possible, as well as avoiding structural security risks such as the presence of trees or scalable buildings that directly provide access into the residential property.
Acquiring an Alarm System
Residential owners in burglary-prone locations should invest on a reliable model because numerous studies have already provided evidence that they effectively function as crime deterrents and provide peace of mind for occupants of well-secured premises.
Nonetheless, homeowners should still do preliminary research in order to determine the most suitable alarm systems for their budget, location, building type, and security needs. As there are many models to choose from, asking specific questions to dealers and retailers of security equipment will help tremendously.
There are inexpensive models of burglar alarm systems that may be installed directly by the consumer while there are home alarm systems—including those that provide a 24-7 security monitoring support—that require trained security professionals to install.
DIY alarm systems
There are expert security technicians who may be consulted in order to design alarm systems for varying budgets and security requirements. However, homeowners may also choose to install it themselves since most available models have DIY manuals.
After reviewing the manuals, warnings, warranties, schematic diagrams, and technical support documentation carefully, homeowners may begin determining where to place each of the alarm system components in the residential premises.
The best course of action when doing so is to bring out the house plan whenever available and scan the surrounding neighborhood. Without the house plan, a rough drawing on a piece of paper may be used as a quick alternative.
All portals or possible entry points such as front doors, backdoors, and windows should be covered by burglar systems. That is, motion, light, or sound sensors should be placed securely in these house parts in order to automatically detect unauthorized intrusions.
However, if the budget is limited and not all pathways are covered, the homeowner should select the most vulnerable entry points and have the relevant components installed in them. An example of a vulnerable area is a utility door that is obstructed from public view by fences or trees.
The next step is for homeowners to find a centralized location somewhere in the property where the siren or bright lights will be installed. The siren and bright lights will be triggered each time an unauthorized entry is detected. To be safe, both the siren and light should be obstructed from view to prevent burglars from seeing and possibly disabling them.
However, sirens and light should not be so hidden as to reduce the sound or light output that are intended to dissuade intruders from continuing to enter the residence as well as to warn house occupants and people in the immediate vicinity about the unauthorized intrusion.