Home security has always been an important issue, but with today’s boom of varying home security devices, it can also be a cause for confusion and frustration. Between all of the different alarms, locks, sensors, monitors, and keypads, it can be a bit difficult to know where to start, or even what to get. Devices can come singly or with complete home packages, or they can come with a full professional home alarm system. Which devices you choose to protect your home should be determined by the kind of security you’re looking for, your budget, and the quality of the item.

Locks

IMG_0231_2You can find locks in pretty much any shape, size, or capacity when it comes to the security of your home. Old-fashioned  handle locks provide some of the easiest access for burglars, so if that’s all you have right now, it’s probably time to upgrade. Deadbolts secured from inside are some of the cheapest and simplest ways to deter burglars, whereas installed coded deadbolts can provide the same security with greater ease of access for those living in the home. There are also a number of keyless entry options that you can choose from if you’re looking for even tighter security. This decreases the risk of break-in because of a lost or misplaced key, and coded or print-recognition door handles can be almost impossible to pick without the proper code or complete dismantlement.

Alarms

Locks and alarms go hand in hand, probably because most places with locks should also have alarms as a safeguard. This includes any point of entry to a house, doors and windows in particular. When you’re looking for good door or window alarms, take a look at the kind of circuitry it says it uses. A classic door alarm has two parts, one placed in the door frame and the other on the door. Using magnetism, a circuit is created between these two parts, which allows electricity to flow freely. There are two main kinds of circuits used in this type of alarm: open and closed. An activated open circuit alarm will remain open until the door or window opens, which action causes the circuit to close, letting electricity flow to trigger the alarm. While this works, it can be very easily disabled by simply cutting the wires. Activated closed circuit alarms are originally closed, with freely flowing electricity. This is disrupted when the door is opened, thus sounding the alarm. This alarm is more difficult to disable, and so may be your preferred choice.

Going along with that, the most effective alarms will be wired throughout the house to a control box. This makes it impossible for the alarm to be disabled on the actual door or window, because the only way to disable it is to enter a correct pass code in the control box. Usually this box is located out of the way from normal places of entry, as an extra safeguard. Professional home security systems are always wired in this way, both for safety reasons and for ease of access for the homeowners.

As for other alarms, such as smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide sensors, make sure the ones you choose to install meet proper regulations for the area you live in. Also, while a dual fire and CO alarm may seem convenient, they tend not to function as well as two separate detectors. Check with your home security company to see what kind of detectors they offer.

Lighting

House Night 179061993Security lighting is another great way to keep your home safe. There are a number of different kinds you can get but here are a few quick tips. While outdoor motion sensor lighting can be valuable as a shock and scare to any intruder, it can be prone to sending false alarms. Any animals outdoors, or even a windy night that rustles the bushes can turn on the light, giving you unnecessary concern and costing you excessive money for all that flickering. Possibly your best option is daylight sensitive lighting, which automatically turns on once the evening reaches a certain level of darkness. This of course means that you have lights on outside all night, but burglars aren’t going to target a home that makes them so easily visible. As for indoor lighting, if you have a wired home security system, you can sometimes opt for automatic lighting that turns on any time an alarm goes off, which adds to the scare of the alarm and immediately reveals the location of the intruder.

Look for Reviews

In all, it’s best to look for reviews online of the different devices and options available to you. Odds are that if a product or service has more reviews, it’s more popular. When looking at reviews, remember to question their validity if they are overly praising or overly bashing the product. Look for specific details and explanations of why the product functions so well or so poorly, and don’t judge the product based on only one or two reviews. Try to get an overall sense of its praised and criticized qualities before deciding if it’s right for you.