When choosing a residential security alarm system, the first thing you’re going to want to do is consider how you want your home, family and your personal property protected. Most people tend to think immediately of protection from fire and burglary or theft, but there are other menaces to consider and thankfully, other security options available. For example, if you have elderly parents or relatives living with you, or younger children who will be home earlier than you or your spouse, you may want your system equipped to alert yourself and the proper authorities in the case of an medical emergency.
Before you contact a security service provider or select modules for installing your own security setup, take some time to think about your home and your property, and how the buildings and surrounding areas might be accessed by someone with less than noble intentions. It has been said many times when you wish to deter a thief, you must first learn to think as a thief yourself. Look at your property and your home through new eyes, and think about how you might attempt to gain access to it if you were up to no good and you’ll know what steps to take to protect your home and family from a real thief.
Consider areas such as workshops, pool houses, and utility areas which could potentially pose a fire hazard or other threat due to the chemical nature of materials stored in such spaces. Look at your natural surroundings. Trees with low-hanging branches near windows, porches, balconies and the like could be cut back to deter access to decks and upper floors, window and door locks could be upgraded, and deadbolts can be installed on every exterior door. Mend fences and repair gates along your property lines.
After you’ve taken all of the other precautions you can think of, it’s time to choose the individual components of your ideal residential security alarm system. Video cameras and motion-sensing lights for outdoor surveillance, interior motion detectors, door and window alarm sensors to detect when either is opened, smoke and heat/fire detectors, detectors which check for high carbon monoxide levels, and glass break or shatter detectors are all viable components you may wish to install or have installed. There are also “panic” buttons to consider, usually located on either main or remote keypads that allow you to contact the fire department, your local police department, or ambulatory services at the touch of a button.
Another thing to consider is whether you will monitor your residential security alarm system yourself or if you wish to enlist the services of a third-party monitoring service. If you choose to do the monitoring yourself, your level of security is entirely up to you. With a third-party monitoring service, there is always someone else “looking after things” you value whether you’re at home or away and these service people can dispatch the proper authorities to protect what’s yours while keeping you in the loop at the same time.