Alarm systems for the home are pretty much in demand as more incidents of burglaries are reported in many locations in the US. The FBI released disturbing statistics on the prevalence of burglaries, one of which is the fact that a house is being entered into by an intruder every 15 seconds.
Moreover, it is estimated that the intruder steals more than 1,700 dollars worth of property per intrusion, making the total loss suffered by victims amount to billions of dollars per year.
A few home security basics
These data account for the steady demand for home alarm systems as homeowners begin to realize that security issues should be paramount in the design and maintenance of houses. But even houses secured by security systems are still being burglarized with the felon successfully escaping from the clutches of police officers.
What happens is that even if the alarm system for the home is triggered, it only takes a burglar several minutes to break into a house, steal the nearest valuables from an entry way such as a door or window, then escape unscathed. By the time police officers arrive at the burglary scene, the burglar is already counting his spoils.
This unfortunate fact means that additional precautions and measures should be adopted by households in order to add to the peace of mind already generated by having reliable house alarm systems installed. Some of these precautions and measures are common safety practices that are often overlooked by a number of people. One strong measure is to manage or avoid the weakpoints of a house in terms of security.
Open doors and windows—especially on hot summer months—are especially attractive to burglars. Scalable structures such as nearby trees that provide another access into the house should be considered when designing or constructing a house, and should be avoided as much as possible.
Installing alarm systems for the home
Most models for the home use sirens and flashing lights not only to drive off burglars but also to notify house occupants and nearby neighbors that an attempted burglary is taking place.
Some alarm systems for the home also use auto dialers or other communication devices that directly contact a police station or a monitoring center managed by a private security company whenever an unauthorized intrusion into the secured premises is detected.
These models are fairly expensive and may not be necessary in places where the frequency of burglary incidents is low.
To avoid unnecessary expenses in the implementation of house alarm systems, homeowners may need to assess their security requirements and decide how much they are willing to spend.
They may also need to consult home security experts to help them identify the best options especially in terms of their budget and security needs.
Once homeowners have chosen the best model, they can begin the installation process. Unless they are comfortable with the DIY manual, however, it is best to have security technicians to install the different alarm system components such as the sensors, sirens, flashing lights and the control box.