5 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself
HOME AND PERSONAL PROTECTION
- HOME SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM
A home security alarm system is a must for the protection of your home and yourself while at home. In choosing the right home security alarm system, there are a few things you should ask yourself:
- Should I use a wired system or a wireless system?
The proponents of a wired system claim that the wired system is the most reliable and is not subject to interference and false alarms like a wireless system. The proponents of the wireless system claim that the wireless system is more reliable, is easier to install and is harder to disable since there are no wires and phone lines that can be cut.
In my opinion, the wireless system makes more sense unless your home is already wired for a security system or you are in the construction phase of your building and the walls have not been closed. Otherwise, a wired system in an already built building will require extensive invasion into the walls, ceilings and floors to install the wires which can turn your home into Swiss cheese. The sellers of the wired system might not tell you this while they are selling you because to do so will probably deter you from using such a system. Also, you better read the fine print because the cost of installing the wires for the system may very well be an added cost to your system. Otherwise, it is far simpler to install a wireless system.
Also, the concerns of interference and false alarms have not proven to be a problem with a wireless system as the frequency under which it operates is not the same as the typical household devices such as phones and baby monitors.
Furthermore, the wireless system does not have any lines to cut. Granted, the wired systems have a feature that will notify the monitoring service is a line is cut, but the wireless system will keep sending signals and video (if that is a feature you have) regardless of what lines are cut because the signals are wireless and the contact with the outside world is typically cellular.
- Should I use a monitored system or a non-monitored system?
A monitored system provides 24/7 monitoring of your security alarm system by a monitoring service for a monthly fee. The monitoring service provider can try to contact you, and if necessary, dispatch police or firefighters. A non-monitored system is not monitored by a monitoring service and only notifies you of a problem or intrusion, but there is no monthly monitoring fee.
The monitoring service is obviously the better choice for safety purposes, but for those on a budget or whose circumstances don’t require monitoring, the non-monitored system is a good choice, as well.
- Should I use a local service or a national service?
The answer to this question depends upon where you live and what services are available to you. A local service that has been in business for at least 5 years (the longer the better) and that has a very good reputation in your community may be a better choice since they are typically certified providers that live and work in your own community and can better know your needs in a personal way. However, not every community has a reputable provider and the national services can be more stable and less likely to go out of business.
- What security features do I need?
The answer to this question starts with the adage that “you get what you pay for.” In other words, with today’s systems you can have a system that detects home invasion, fire, and carbon monoxide, provides video surveillance, and allows you to control door locks, heating and air and appliances remotely. Obviously, the more your system can do, the more it will cost in terms of the system equipment and the monitoring service needed.
- Recommendation: For those who are inclined to use a wired system, I would recommend you contact a local security alarm provider who can evaluate your house and give you a quote to install a wired system and provide 24/7 monitoring if needed. For those who want a wireless system, I am recommending the Brickhouse Security MORzA system that offers every feature you can imagine. It is easy to customize and it comes to your house ready to use after very simple installation followed by a call to Brickhouse Security to activate the system.
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- HOME SECURITY VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
An Alternative to home alarm systems is a home security video surveillance system. This is a system of cameras placed on the outside or inside of your home that monitors all activity around your home and sends video to a hard drive for storage. These types of systems are typically set up to send you notices by smartphone that allows you to be able to view what is happening around your home.
- Recommendation: My recommendation for a video surveillance system is one of many systems offered by Security Cameras Direct
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- HOME PROTECTION DEVICES
85% of all home invasions involve entry through a door. Most people may be surprised at how easy it is to kick in a door to a house. Within the last month, our community had a incident in which a home was invaded by kicking in the door. Two occupants of the home were shot by the invaders, but the invaders themselves were shot by the father who was in the back of the house at the time of the invasion. There is a simple device known as EZ Armor that once installed makes it less likely that an exterior door to be kicked in.
- Recommendation: I am recommending EZ Armor, which can be installed on any exterior door to prevent it from being kicked in.
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- HOME SECURITY SAFES
Safes come in all sizes, shapes and prices. You can have in floor safes, large vaults, gun safes, and diversion safes. I use a large gun vault from Patriot Safe which is fire rated at 2 hours at 1880 degrees. You can also get safes from Fort Knox. Just remember. The thicker the steel in the safe, the more difficult it is to penetrate the safe.
You will also see many safes today offer electronic or biometric methods of getting into the safe. I would suggest that you get a safe that has an electronic method of entry and a manual method of entry. My safe has an electronic pad that requires first the entry of a code, then the use of a key. In the event the electronic pad does not work, I can use two separate keys in combination to gain manual entry.
A diversion safe is a safe that looks like a normal object like a book or a soda can that is actually a small safe to store keys or small objects.
Brickhouse security offers some safes, which you can check out at BrickhouseSecurity.com. Otherwise, I would recommend you check out the safes at PatriotSafe.com or Fort Knox safes at Ftknox.com.
- PERSONAL PROTECTION DEVICES
Personal protection devices can be used to protect a personal attack against you, whether that attack is from a person or an animal. The easiest form of personal protection device is a stun gun or a TASER.