How Do I Keep My Home Secure?

Your home is one of your biggest investments you’ll ever make. It’s the place you can call your own. It’s where you come back for rest and where you keep your possessions. So, a break in would be one of the last things you’d ever want to have happen to you.

Whether you have a home now or are in the process of deciding where to build or buy a home: home security comes in various forms and understanding how each works is important to ensuring you develop a comprehensive home security plan. Consider the following options while deciding what you think is best for your home security.

Geography: Crime and Location
While we would like every area to be as safe as the next, not every city or neighborhood is created equal. Some neighborhoods have almost no occurrences of crimes, maybe a crime once or twice a year. Then you have some neighborhoods where crime is a literal everyday happening. Assess your neighborhood or future neighborhood’s crime rate by searching online.  There are a plethora of sites designed to provide information on criminal statistics, locations of certain crime trends, and more.

Using sites such as Neighborhood Scout can help you in finding crime statistics as well as other local data. If you haven’t bought a home yet and are still looking, learning everything you can about the local area is key to helping make sure that you’re investing in the right home for you.
Passive home security is just as important as active home security.

If you have a family, you’ll know how important it is to protect your children. Making sure that your children are living in a safe neighborhood is one of the greatest precautions you can take before purchasing a home. Sites such as Family Watchdog can help you search neighborhoods for registered sex offenders that might be living nearby.

If you love using apps on your phone, check out the CitizenCOP app. It has a number of personal safety features that can be used for both security at home and security when you’re out and about. From reporting incidents through images, video, and audio, to quickly contacting the local police of the area you’re in, the CitizenCOP app can get you in touch with the right authorities in the case of an emergency.

Electronic Home Security Systems
One of the most common forms of home security is with an electronic home security alarm system. You may recognize it by being a keypad with a small screen, usually situated next to the front door of a home, or a garage door for quick access when the homeowner returns home.

These systems are invaluable in keeping your home secure. In the face of an attempted robbery, these alarms can send a signal to the police to let them know that a break-in is in progress. The loud alarm that will resound through the house also serves as a sound deterrent against the robbers, hopefully scaring them away with the prospect of landing behind bars. And during the trouble-free days, it gives you peace of mind that there’s a layer of protection around your house.

One home security alarm system is the First Security’s First Alarm intrusion detection system.  Their systems can include everything from door sensors, window sensors, motion sensors, glass-break sensors, duress buttons, and more features. Fire Alarm also can provide video surveillance, medical alert, and fire safety measures. It’s a very comprehensive suite of security and safety services, if you’re looking for everything in one place.

Other home security companies include names such as ADT, ProtectAmerica, and Frontpoint.  Whichever home security system you choose, it is good to check and make sure that they have the features that you want. Call them, ask questions, and choose the features that you think will best suit your home in relation to your neighborhood.

Door Security
While your home security alarm system is contacting the police, a robber may still have some time to steal something from your home, or worse, there’s a chance the robber may be able to bring harm to you or someone you love. The entry doors to your house are your normal ways of entering your home. It’s also where a lot of robbers try to break into homes as well. If the robber is able to be stopped at the door, there’s a chance the robber might give up. Any chance to get the robber to go away is a chance you ought to take advantage of. And that’s where door security comes in. Preventing the robber’s entry means reducing the chances of physical harm to you or your loved ones to almost zero.

There are many door security options to consider. Some are more convenient to operate than others, but some are also more effective than others. Here are some you should consider:

Hinged-Bar Locks and Slide Bolt Door Locks: These are the locks you commonly see in hotel rooms and some apartments. You can add these to your home doors for an added layer of security in keeping your door locked.

Adjustable Door Security Bars: Used by extending them and leveraging them against your doorknob, they can make opening the door almost impossible by conventional means.

Door Barricades: These devices can use either the strength and stability of the floor or door frame to reinforce the security of a door. They come in various designs but work by the same principle. These have been trusted by businesses and even schools.

Firearms for Home Security
During a home invasion, it is often recommended that rather than fight, it’s better you run and escape the house if you can or lock yourself in a secure space. It’s also very dangerous to try attacking the home invader because you don’t know how they will react if you draw a weapon on them. If you cannot escape the house, find a place to lock yourself in and hide while waiting for the police to come and hopefully apprehend the robber.

If you have a firearm and you’re wondering if you can use it in the case of home invasion, it is highly recommended that you consult the laws of your state to see what is legally allowed. Even if there are laws that permit you to use firearms, there will still be legal procedures and possibly ramifications to shooting another human being. If you shoot a home invader in self-defense, your actions can be cleared, but even self-defense requires a proper legal defense and evidence to support it. Due to these complications and the possibility of getting yourself in legal trouble for defending your home, it’s recommended you take safety measures that involve escaping the house when it’s being robbed or finding a safe place to hide and contact authorities. Better safe than sorry, they say.

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