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Information on How to Secure Your Home
Welcome to our comprehensive source for
information on securing your home. We are committed to providing you with the
information you need to enhance the security and safety for your home and
family. We all share an interest in preserving the safety and security of our
homes and neighborhoods, and this section will provide you with the resources on
how to accomplish this goal. There are tips for home intrusion and fire safety,
as well as information you will need if you are considering having a
professionally installed electronic security system added to your home. We have
also included links to other Internet sites that may be helpful and provide
Considerations When Selecting
There is great peace of mind with a
professionally installed security system and many things should be considered in
the design of the system. Make sure your consultant considers the following
Do you want to provide protection for
family members while home or are you concerned about an intruder breaking in
while you are away?
What type of system should you buy; hard
wired or wireless?
Do you have pets? If yes, will they be
confined to a small area of the home while away?
Your families daily routine.
A monitored security system will ensure
that people are notified of a problem quickly.
There are many things which
can be added to a monitored system besides intrusion detectors:
Fire protection: Add smoke detectors to
your system and the Fire Department will be alerted.
Water: Add water sensors if you have water
Low Temperature: A low temperature sensor
to detect heating system failure in the winter.
High Temperature: A high temperature
sensor could monitor a freezer for failure.
- Natural, Propane, Butane and more.
Any other device you wish to monitor that
provides a relay output; ask your security consultant.
The key to complete home safety is balance.
Well protected windows are great but if your doors do not lock what good are the
windows? Read below for our tips on making your home safe.
Doors - your first defense
Solid wood doors are good, metal doors are
Make sure hinges are inside so they cannot
Use double key dead bolts, (A lock which
uses a key on the inside as well as the outside)
These prevent an intruder breaking a side
window and opening the door. If an intruder does get in through a window
they will have to exit from the window since they cannot open the door.
Why Are False Alarms A
False alarms take police away from real
This embarrassing situation for you can
endanger responding authorities and your whole community! Setting off a
false alarm is like dialing 9-1-1; the police will come and this may delay
them responding to a real emergency.
False alarms can lead neighbors to ignore
your alarm when it goes off. In effect, your security system becomes less
reliable and less credible.
False alarms may make you reluctant to arm
your system - - exposing your home to undetected theft or fire!
False alarms can cost you fines in many
U.S. cities and towns. In fact, in some instances, chronic abusers may even
have police response suspended.
You Can Make A Difference!
76% of false alarms are caused by user
error. To reduce that number, make sure anyone with a key to your home knows
how to operate your system. Make special arrangements for guests or repair
technicians, and make sure they know the abort code.
Routine maintenance can greatly reduce
false alarms. Have your security system serviced (including batteries)
regularly. Also, call us (as your alarm servicing company) immediately if
your system does not seem to be working right, and before you do any
What If My Alarm Goes Off?
Do not panic. Remember your code.
Find out if there really is an intruder or a fire.
If the alarm activation was accidental, carefully disarm your system. Carefully
press each number of your code.
After you have reset the system, wait for the monitoring station to call you.
Do not leave your home or business until you have spoken with the monitoring
Reducing False Alarms
Rehearse alarm cancellation with anyone who
might use your system.
Make sure everyone who has a key to your home or business knows how to operate
the security system.
Give all system users the name and number of the alarm monitoring station, in
case the alarm sounds.
Keep your security system instruction book, and the alarm monitoring station's
phone number handy.
Call the alarm monitoring station or our office if you change your phone number,
get a pet, plan to sell or remodel your house, or test your system.