people think that a home burglary will ever happen to them. They had better
think again. According to the FBI a home burglary occurs every 15 seconds in America.
It sounds like each of us could use a do it yourself security system.
Most break-ins happen during the day while people are at work. Sixty-seven per cent are achieved by kicking in the front door. On an annual basis 2.1 million homes are victims of break-ins with an average value of $2,184 of valuables taken. That’s a lot to have to replace.
security system can thwart burglars from entering the home. Alarms, lights,
sensors can often make enough commotion for the burglar to quickly move on to
another home. Burglars like to get in and out quickly and anything that might
slow them down causes them to move on in most cases.
Most home systems can be a do it yourself security system. Many dealers who sell security systems will tell the homeowner that they will need to install the system. Actually these systems are easy to install and most systems come with easy to follow directions with diagrammed instructions making it easy to follow the dots.
first thing to do in setting up your do it yourself security system is to think
like a burglar. Where are the most vulnerable entry points in the home?
Actually the most vulnerable point is the front door.
like to pull up during the day at a home where it looks like no one is at home
or at work. They may have a work van so it looks like they have been called to
come and repair something.
ring the bell or knock. If there is no answer, they will kick in the front
door, spend about 5 minutes cleaning out any valuables that they might find and
then they are gone. The average thief spends 5 minutes or less in a home then
first priority is to place police tested deadbolt locks on all of the doors.
Check our article “Home Security Door Locks” to see what lock we recommend.
Some deadbolt locks will fail by using a simple cordless drill to drill out the
cylinder of the lock.
take a stroll around the perimeter of the house. Again think like a burglar.
Decide where you would enter the home if you wanted to break in. These are
places to install lights, cameras, motion detectors, etc.
So far an engineering degree is not needed. Just a degree in common sense will suffice. Simply install the necessary devices where you want to trigger a camera, lights, or alarms. Decide where a monitor or monitors should be placed, probably in the master bedroom and a den where time is spent at vulnerable hours.
It is a
good idea to be able to monitor the system remotely. Most systems can be
monitored from a smart phone. Many systems are also wireless, which simplifies
the installation process to a great degree.
people do not have the system set to alert the police, since it can take up to
20 minutes for the police to respond. By the time they arrive the burglars are
gone. Plus after so many false alarms the police will start charging the
homeowner for the false alarms.
strategy is to trigger the system to make a lot of noise and have flashing
lights so the burglar thinks the police are being alerted so the burglar
Setting up and installing a do it yourself security system is a lot easier than most people realize. A little common sense and being able to think through how a burglar might try to enter the home can pretty well cover the bases.
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