The saying “A Man’s Home is his Castle” is something that still stands true, even today. Every person has their castle, where they keep their valuables, their possessions and like any castle, you’ll want to protect it. Sadly though, it’s illegal for us to implement crocodile infested moats around our homes, for many allegedly ‘serious’ reasons. A shame, really. There’s no need to fear though, there are other safer and more legal ways to protect your home, and the most common and most efficient method is to install a home security alarm system. Along with the usual list of benefits that installing an alarm system can bring, there’s the lesser known benefit that helps lower your home and contents insurance premiums. Pay a little more now, and you get a little more off in the future, it’s not a bad deal for those who are willing to commit. It’s not enough to just know you want an alarm system though, you have to know what you’re looking for and what system best suits your home. As always, it’s a good idea to talk with a professional, but in the meantime, here are a few hints and tips to get you started.
In short, you have to consider whether you want a basic system that does its job and does it well, or if you’d prefer to have something a little fancier, with extra buttons and extra features to go along with them. You will also need to consider any potential openings that you will want covered, whether they are doors, windows or cat-flaps.
Here’s an example to give you a better idea:
If you own a single-storey home, you will want to cover all the doors and any window that’s large enough for a person to fit through. Maybe even some of the smaller ones, just in case.
If you own a double-storey home however, you will want to cover all your ground floor bases as you would a single-storey home, but you’ll also want to consider other potential ‘entrances’ that sneakier thieves might take advantage of. If you can’t do anything about that large tree in your backyard, you can instead do something about the window near it.
Next we’ll take a look at the shiny features available. Most simple alarm systems will simple start ringing as soon as it detects an unauthorised breach, but there’s more, you can implement both internal and external motion sensors to surprise the perps before they even set a foot in your home, and CCTV cameras to catch them in the act. There are two ways you can implemented these systems, using either wired or wireless communications. Wired systems are the most reliable and most stable, but the catch is they need to be put in during the construction of the home. When this is not possible, then there’s the wireless system. Wireless is a very convenient method and in no way makes the system less effective than if it was wired, but it too has drawbacks. Wireless systems need to be properly placed, and most not have interference.
When your system has detected an intruder, then there are two sets of options you can go with. The default option is a pre-programmed dialling program that will alert you (via mobile phone), the police or both about the break-in. The more expensive option is to pay the alarm company a steady monthly fee for the protection of security agents who will come to help as soon as they’re alerted. It’s a simple choice for some people, but sometimes that little extra protection is worth it.
One of the easiest ways to Choose the Right Alarm System is to find your nearest alarm supplier.
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