Know Your Home Security Options
There is certainly no shortage of home security products and advice today. Some are worth the time and effort because they work as advertised, others are ill-conceived and not worth the hassle because they actually lead to weakened security, not strengthened. Criminals spend considerable time working on ways to get around obstacles placed in their way. Some security measures, however, are tried and true, not because they're impenetrable but because they represent something that will violate two principles that professional burglars won't compromise.
First, burglars prefer silence when the noise associated with overcoming a security obstacle would be out of place. Shattering a window stands out in the dead of night, as does kicking in a front door. A deadbolt lock on the primary doors of any house are a serious home security measure that a burglar has to consider. For most burglars the sound of wood shattering and splintering in the middle of the night is generally not their first fallback position. The sound is out of place and could potentially draw unwanted attention.
Second, burglars don't want to be seen when their presence in a location would be very damning evidence that they were at least attempting a burglary. Floodlights are a very effective measure for illuminating the dark and shadowy spots that some homeowners contend with on their property. The last thing a burglar wants is to step onto someone's property and suddenly find themselves under the spotlight. Also, planting thorny shrubs or sticker bushes below vulnerable windows is a great way to discourage a burglar. Any way he chooses to contend with the bush or shrub is conspicuous and quite likely painful. This also lessens the possibility of entry though the windows above the shrubs.
These are two very effective ways for homeowners to add a credible layer of protection to their homes. Other security measures like having someone gather your mail and newspapers while you're away on vacation, and not leaving a house key under a rock, doormat, or potted plant near the front door are also tried and true elements in any effective home alarm system plan.
There's one security measure, however, that trumps them all and that is a professionally installed and monitored home alarm system. The latest home security equipment is made from leading-edge materials and components, including wireless capabilities. When a home is protected by a monitored home security burglar alarm system, it's up to three times safer than a house with no security system installed. Every other security measure, like deadbolt locks, floodlights, and thorny bushes is made stronger and becomes more effective with the presence of a home security system. Each security element is backed up by another, making a very strong web of security designed to discourage burglars.