Home Security Options for the Holidays

In a perfect world, a home security system would be the last thing we’d need to think about as the holidays roll around. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Burglaries and home invasions rise sharply over the holidays.

None of us wants to feel vulnerable. So, what can we do to protect our family and possessions? We have a few options:

  • Take your chances. Chances are, you won’t experience a break in. But if you do, you’ll sorely regret not having taken steps to prevent it. There’s a feeling of violation that comes from having your home broken into. It’s almost worse than the actual losses incurred.
  • Construct a security fence. There’s nothing wrong with putting a fence up if you’re inclined. It’ll keep those nosy neighbors in their own yard. Unfortunately, it won’t stop a determined thief.
  • Get a dog. Unfortunately, mean dogs aren’t all that great for having around the family. Good family dogs present more danger of licking a burglar to death than growling at him.
  • Have a home security system installed. For most families, this presents the best option. The costs aren’t as great as you may think, and the peace of mind they offer is invaluable.

Nix the dog, nix the fence, what should I look for in a home security system?

Most home security systems are monitored by an outside company. They are designed to set off an alarm if anyone tampers with the doors or windows while the alarm system is on (usually while you are away or in for the night). The alarm also notifies a monitoring company. The monitoring company then takes steps to make sure that the boys in blue come chase off whoever’s messing with your house.

Shop around before settling on a particular home security system. Make sure you understand what you’re buying, including all of the costs. Before you even shop, make sure you know how many potential entrances need to be protected. These include:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Garage doors
  • Any other potential entrance

The alarm system itself is important. When it goes off, most would-be thieves will hightail it to easier pickings down the road (maybe that nosy neighbor you built the fence to keep out). Even more important is the company who monitors it. Make sure you understand how their monitoring system works. Make sure that it involves getting the police involved sooner rather than later.

This year, as the gizmos, gadgets, and other electronics begins to pile up under the Christmas tree, give yourself the gift of peace of mind. Get a quality home protection system for your house.

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011