Home security is a personal matter that all property owners have their own opinions about. Some may leave their doors open while others want 24-hour surveillance at all times. But no matter how a person feels about it, it helps to understand what the options are before deciding. Homeowners who want to safeguard their investment should know there's more to modern home security than the traditional alarms of yesterday.
Home security doesn't necessarily mean calling a company to come to the home. Sometimes, you can install a system yourself as a DIY project. DIY systems can be as simple as putting all the lights on timers, buying motion detectors, or adding a security system sign to the home (even if the home doesn't have a security system). Homeowners can rig their doorbell to play the sounds of a Doberman Pinscher growling as soon as it's pressed. These tactics send a message to criminals that the property owner is paying attention.
Before dismissing a DIY system, it helps to understand how home thefts usually occur. Mastermind criminals do exist, and they'll stop at nothing to get into the home. They won't be scared off by a recording of a dog barking or a home where every room is bathed in light. However, the vast majority of home thieves are looking for an easy mark, and it may not take all that much for them to be scared away. These precautions are on the primitive side of home security, but they're likely enough to prevent a major break-in.
Also known as local alarms, unconnected alarms are those that make noise if a door or window is breached. However, they won't call the police or any kind of security team. If the homeowner is indoors, it gives them the opportunity to prepare for a potential confrontation. If the homeowners are away at the time of the break-in, an unconnected alarm is meant to alert the neighbors to call local law enforcement. In many cases, just the sounds alone can cause the thieves to leave the scene of the crime immediately.
If homeowners live in a remote area where a neighbor may not hear the sounds of a local alarm, they can consider a wired or wireless home security system. This system will immediately send a notification to either the police or a private security company or team. These alarm systems require drilling into the home, as the entire system will need to be connected to that of the security company. This is usually the option with the best possible all-around protection, and it saves homeowners from the hassles of trying to set anything up on their own.
Technology companies of today have been working to bring Reunion homeowners more options than just local or wired alarms. Homeowners now have the option to purchase security components piecemeal if they so choose:
- Water leak sensors
- Outdoor cameras
- Smoke alarms
- Carbon monoxide protection
- Wired devices for select doors and windows
Combination alarms require more time and effort on the part of the homeowner, but the customization benefits can be worth it.
Part of home security is just being aware of potential threats. A home security system doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, but it should take into account the most common types of crime in the area. For example, if thieves have been targeting the homes through people's garage, they may want to change their garage door passwords or have their system checked out by a professional.