What to look out for when choosing a home security system that suits your lifestyle

Assessing your lifestyle will help you to determine what type of security system you will need. Do you travel often for business, or in general? Going away for holidays throughout the year? Or do you stay at home and / or work from home?… Most break-ins occur during the daytime when the home is unoccupied.

To ensure the safety of your family, we have gathered a list of security considerations that you can put into place in order to keep you and your family safe.

What is your lifestyle like?

Firstly you need to do a checklist of your own movements to establish what the best security system will be for you. Are you a single person living on your own, or do you have a family that you are responsible for? Are you in a free standing home or an apartment? If you’re in an apartment, what level are you on? Dependent on your lifestyle and movements, this will determine what type of security system you need. 

If you travel on a frequent basis then the type of security system you will be looking for will differ from someone who is home all day. 

Once you have considered your home lifestyle you can now start to think about whether or not you will need a home monitoring system. For those who are home most of the time, you may only want security gates on your windows and doors, and to have a panic button handy.  If you travel a lot, you may want all of the above, as well as an alarm system linked to your local security company. 

“If you have a busy family, you may want upgraded security features to protect your children if they’re home alone after school before you get home from work. For example, you may want to give your children a remote control device that can arm and disarm the system so that they don’t have to fiddle around with a keypad that they may not easily be able to reach.

Where should you put the control panel?

Placement of the control panel is an important decision too. You don’t want the panel in plain view where anyone can see you arm and disarm it. At the same time, you want to make it easily accessible to you and family members.

Consider having it installed in a hallway near the front door, or around a corner where it’s not easily seen, but where you will be able to get to it quickly when you come home.

Most alarm systems only give you 30-60 seconds or so to punch in the alarm code once you open the door.

What about mobile control?

Some of the newer alarm systems allow you to receive text messages and emails about important events happening at your home. Some will also come with video and audio surveillance.

For example, if you hire someone to watch the home for you, you can be alerted when the alarm is armed and disarmed. You can also be alerted if there’s a change in temperature in the home, or if something is damaged (e.g. a window), and obviously if there’s a break-in.

Some systems will even alert you if there’s flooding in your basement. These types of systems are actually more than just security systems. They’re home monitoring systems. While not for everyone, they are a great option if you need to keep tabs on everything that happens while you’re away.

How many points of entry do you need to protect?

It might seem like a silly question, but some people honestly don’t think they need to have all points of entry covered. While this might seem dangerous, it can make sense in certain limited instances. For example, if you have an inaccessible third-story window, and no way to get up there, then not having window sensors at this location may be OK. Most crooks won’t want to climb three stories to get into a home.

The potential points of entry that seem obvious to you may not be the ones that are ultimately used. For example, many homes have front doors that are equipped with advanced security features such as double locks and reinforced frames, yet these same homes may have poorly maintained or flimsy window latches.

Bathroom windows may often be left ajar to allow excess humidity to escape the room and avoid moisture. If such a window does not have bars and can fit a human head, then it is a potential entry point.

Garage doors are also vulnerable, and the problem is compounded with garages that have an internal door that leads to the rest of the house.

So consider all available security product options, get an expert to have a look if in doubt about anything and think carefully about securing all points of entry.

Roy Kropp has used a variety of home security systems in his day. An avid writer, he enjoys writing about things that can make life better. Look for his informative articles on many top websites today.” via women24

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