You can improve your personal home security in a variety of ways. Today there are a wide variety of options in home security products – not only in differing models from different companies but also in the types of home security product you can find. From single purpose items to full kits for putting together a do it yourself home security system, you can find it all.
Sometimes it seems like the array of choices gets overwhelming so it may be a good idea to think about your home situation and just what your goal is for any personal home security products you buy. A quick look at some of the more common security devices should make your task easier.
First up is one of the old standards: the motion detector floodlight. These are for night time security to illuminate dark areas of your property when the detector senses something moving. Usually these can be adjusted for sensitivity so every stray cat, rabbit or small whatever sets it off.
Motion alert sensors are similar but can be used in various ways both indoors and out. These are passive infra-red sensors which will detect motion in the covered area. They can be connected to either silent or overt alarms. Some can be passworded.
The electronic dog alarm is another easy to use device. Normally a device like this would be set to pick up motion just outside a door. Yes folks, these things can “see” through the door. Most have several sound modes which will include something non-threatening when you are expecting a guest, an angry watch dog mode and an angry watchdog plus siren mode. Some models get louder and the barking becomes more frequent as the intruder gets closer. The only problem that I see with these devices is the need to have them, at least, at all entry doors or to put in additional security equipment.
Of course, these days, you can pick up a kit of home security products that lets you put a simple system together quickly with door and window alarms. Put one of these in to cover windows and the least likely entry door and put your electric watchdog at the door a burglar is most likely to try. Now you’ve got a home security system that should help protect your property at a reasonable price.
If you are willing to spend a bit more and you have a computer to connect the receiver to, you can get tiny wireless video security cameras to add to your setup. These can allow you to monitor either the outside areas of your property or specific rooms or areas within the home.
Even 24 hour monitoring of your security system via the internet can be ridiculously cheap. However, if you are considering this, check the services carefully so you understand exactly what they do and be sure that any equipment you install is compatible and meets the requirements for monitoring.
These are only a few of the many home security products which are available but they are probably the most common and should, in some combination, meet most people’s basic needs. You can spend a great deal of money on really elaborate, top-of-the-line home security equipment, but for most of us that is probably overkill. Sometimes a simpler approach works as well and surely will cost much less.