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Monday, 27-Feb-2012 12:17 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Including Deterrents in Security Systems

Thorough security systems for the home or business can be expensive. Individuals looking to bolster the security of their property have numerous options and what could be considered a top end system generally has a similarly lofty price. However, while it is highly recommended for everyone to include as much as they can afford, sometimes it can be beneficial to add lower cost alternatives in place of technology when operating on a budget.

Simple deterrents are one of the most cost effective methods of improving any security systems. They rarely incorporate much by way of technology and work by taking some of the strain off other property defenses, with the idea being that both opportunists and other potential intruders are convinced that the risk outweighs the potential reward.

They can work in their own right or in combination with other aspects of security systems.

Warnings and stickers are some of the cheapest, simplest deterrents around. In many cases, they will warn potential intruders that a security system is in place, hopefully making them reconsider anything that may jeopardize the security of the property. Fortunately, these warnings do not necessarily need to be accurate. It is common for alarm systems to be installed alongside the strategic placement of such warning signs, such as on exposed windows. However, use of the warnings alone, even if they refer to a non-existent alarm, will often be enough of a deterrent to be worthwhile.

Signs are commonly used on business premises, but can also be useful around domestic properties. A yard sign promoting the security of a property, for example, will make people think twice before attempting unauthorized access. As with warnings and stickers, these may be genuine or implied, often with the same effect.

False security cameras are a popular deterrent. They can be found for sale through most security retailers, such is their popularity and effectiveness. Models vary, from simple plastic dummy cameras to more advanced models that incorporate real lenses and flashing lights to increase their perceived authenticity. While they do not record images, they are much cheaper than the real thing as they include none of the costly technology that makes the real thing work. Few intruders are willing to take the risk that the security camera does not operate properly.

Another simple, homemade deterrent can be leaving a leash and bowl near a door. Many intruders will not attempt to access a property where they believe a dog to be present, as at best they will work in the same way as an alarm, making noises and drawing attention. At worst, they will be a guard dog that is more than happy to attempt to defend the property.

Finally, it can be worth getting to know others in the neighborhood. While this is not a deterrent in itself, communities that are known to be close experience fewer burglaries as the perception is that any intrusion will be noticed by someone who cares for the wellbeing of their neighbor and will act accordingly.

Monday, 27-Feb-2012 12:14 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Simple Tips for Home Security

Home security should not be taken lightly. Many individuals value the peace of mind afforded to them by the use of a security system, but the best systems combine new technology with personal common sense to ensure that any unwanted intrusions are unlikely. The homeowner and their family are as much a key component of home security as locks and alarms. Keeping an eye on surroundings and actions can add another layer to technology when protecting the home.

The following are some simple ideas to keep in mind and adopt as part of a routine to increase home security at no or low additional cost:

1 - Look at your home from the outside and think like an opportunist. Can you see any weak spots in the way the home is laid out, or anywhere that appears to offer easy access without being seen? While some people like their home to be somewhat secluded and peaceful, anything that can prevent an intruder from being seen by others will be seen as an excellent opportunity to make an attempt. Adding more lighting to the area or tidying the natural trees and plants may make the home feel more exposed, but will ensure that there are no blind spots for intruders to take advantage of.

2 - Again thinking like a potential intruder, check all access points to the home including doors and windows. This, of course, does not mean do everything possible to destroy your own door using a hammer. However, the majority of burglaries are opportunist in nature and the potential burglar will not be equipped to force entry into a home. Instead, they may notice a weakness and see if they can exploit it. If you find it first, then there is ample time to rectify it. This may take the form of using slightly excessive manual force on a sliding door, for example. If the owner can open it when supposedly locked, so can an intruder. Unfortunately, many factory standard locks for sliding doors are not as strong as could be hoped, and may benefit from reinforcement.

3 - There is no point in going to lengths to ensure security if your own efforts are being undermined by other actions. Wealth can often be measured by the state and size of the home itself. However, doing something such as leaving packaging outside and in full view can encourage someone to take a chance if they feel that it is something that they want. As always, an opportunist weighs up risk and reward. The risk is getting caught, while the reward is what they manage to steal. If there is a good indicator that the house contains something worth stealing, they will be willing to make additional efforts to get to the item. Boxes for items such as televisions and laptops should be broken down and kept inside until the owner is ready to dispose of them. Rather than waiting for a collection, the owner should take the opportunity to take the boxes to the local recycling center.


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