Security in the home has never been as important and as visible as it is today. In recent years there has been an increasing number of home-based crimes including home invasions and break & enters. Of course, any homeowner wants to protect their families and belongings, the first step in home security is the realization that there is a need for it.
The single most visible aspect of home security is the monitored alarm system. Home security systems have been around for a long time and have evolved due to the increased need and indeed, demand for these protective measures. The security of mind offered by alarm systems is second to none as they provide a wealth of services in addition to the monitoring of the home. In a time of emergency in the home, most alarm systems will provide convenient one-touch connections to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services. Also, you are always alerted by your monitoring company if your alarm is activated. Additional services are also available such as the instant dispatch of security personnel in the event of an alarm when you are unable to attend. This can provide a great peace of mind when on extended leaves of absence from the home. Finally, most insurance companies will offer a reduction in the cost of home insurance for a monitored home.
There are a variety of other things that a homeowner can do to help ensure the safety of their home. Most of them are simple commonsense steps that are often overlooked. One of these aspects is exterior lighting around the home. If the front of your home is dark and secluded, it might be a good idea to introduce some lighting that makes the entrance more visible. Never forget that visibility will usually dissuade petty thieves as a darker area is much easier in which to conceal their activities. Next one should consider where it is that thieves usually enter the home, that is, the windows. Look over all the windows in your home and ensure that the locks are in good working order. Its also a good idea to check the locks on your doors, are they old and a bit shaky? Replacement with new strong locks might be in order.
Communication with the neighbors is another great preventative measure. They will be just as concerned as you are about the security of their homes and families. Keeping informed about strange occurrences in the neighborhood can help to increase the awareness and safety of all concerned. An attitude of involvement and awareness is one of the best defenses against home crimes.