5 Common Home Security FAQs
It’s important to do your research before investing in a home security system. Below are five common questions customers ask before buying a system.
1. Will a Pet Trip My Alarm System?
Being that more than half of all U.S. households own at least one dog or cat, this is a question asked by many homeowners. Most modern-day security systems feature a motion sensor as a secondary measure to protect against intrusion.
You might think this means your pet will likely trigger a false alarm. Because they are designed with advanced infrared (IR) heat-imaging technology, your alarm system shouldn’t trip if your pet wanders around your home.
2. At What Time of Day do Burglaries Occur?
Well, burglaries may occur at any time of the day or night. With that said, statistics show that most residential burglaries occur during the daytime when the homeowner and occupants are away.
This is why it’s essential that you always lock your doors and set the alarm when leaving. Whether you are going to work or making a short trip to the convenience store, try to get into the habit of securing your home every time before you leave.
3. What Items Do Burglars Commonly Steal?
To answer this question bluntly: anything of value. From televisions and video game consoles to cash, jewelry and even prescription drugs, burglars will gladly steal anything they believe can be resold for cash.
Guns are another hot burglary item, so they should be kept in locked cabinets with the key hidden. If you plan on storing a rainy day cash fund inside your home, place it in a hidden safe.
4. Can Lighting Protect Against Burglary?
Absolutely! Using ample lighting in and around your home can help protect against burglary. It’s not a fool-proof technique by any means, but it’s one more safeguard to reduce your risk of being burglarized.
A simple solution is to install an array of motion-sensing floodlights around the exterior of your home. If criminals approach, the lights will be triggered, which often frightens them away.
5. Will a DIY Alarm System Work?
There are dozens of different do-it-yourself alarm systems available on the market. Much like traditional alarm systems, they are designed to emit a loud siren or buzz when an intruder trips a sensor.
Many times these systems they aren’t customized according to the customer’s specific needs.
If you have a home with a dozen windows and three doors, for instance, a DIY alarm system may only have enough sensors for half of the windows and two doors, leaving certain areas of your home unprotected.
Furthermore, these DIY systems typically lack any professional monitoring services, meaning no one is going to call or contact the police if an intruder enters and trips the alarm.
And last, DIY systems are generally not as reliable as professionally installed ones, particularly if you don’t routinely inspect and maintain it.
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