Home security 101: 5 Tried and Tested Ways to Keep Your House Safe

Home security 101: 5 Tried and Tested Ways to Keep Your House Safe

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Don’t take the photo too literally. I don’t think most of us will actually need that level of security! That said, I do know for a fact that you would appreciate having one of them around solely for you and your Death Sta.. Err.. home’s security!

Prioritizing your home’s security is a brilliant move. Though one might argue that hiring an army of elite soldiers, clad in white armor and carrying around advanced weaponry, is the best home security system one could get, it simply isn’t practical, or even doable. Alright, it’s not even possible!

 

What is possible is the five tried and tested ways in keeping your house safe listed below!

 

Methods:

1. Installing a security camera

No brainer, eh? When you think of home security, this is most likely the first method that pops into your head. Put up an “all-seeing” eye, of sorts that can monitor, and sometimes even record, any and all activities in its range. This in itself can deter most amateur burglars and criminals.

 

Video surveillance is a new-age thing. One where probably our grandparents did not have at their time. Most likely, their most watchful eye were the neighborhood gossipers. Also, it makes your house look sleek, and, if you’re selling, it has the potential to increase the house’s value to buyers.

 

The typical ways people increase the value of their homes is by adding in a pool, having a full house survey, or by adding a patio, but unbeknownst to many, security cameras add value as well! After all, since every home buyer is concerned about safety, seeing that a camera is already installed can give off a feeling of relief. No to mention that’s probably one task written off their list!

That said, there are a few things that’s good to keep in mind about this method. The body of a surveillance camera will dictate what situations it is best suited for. Since each camera type has strengths, it’s best to know what are the form factor options.

 

  • Fixed cameras:

These are the basic ones, where the camera cannot move and only records what it is facing.

 

  • Dome cameras:

This dome has a stealthy eye, making it hard for the bad elements to know if they’re being monitored or not! There are also mini-dome cameras. These are smaller than traditional domes, allowing them to be more discreet and installed in tighter spaces.

 

  • Box cameras:

Box cameras are less secure than a bullet camera because more of the camera is exposed, but make it easier to work on the camera to change lenses or manually focus.

 

  • Covert cameras:

Covert cameras are often tiny, disguised as other items like smoke detectors, or designed to be installed in walls, so they do not attract attention, allowing you to record video covertly.

 

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2. Live Video-Monitoring Services

While it is true that installing security cameras are a boat-load of help, the challenge with them is that they are rarely being monitored live. So when a burglar decides to enter your window via the tree branch near it, because you made the mistake of not cutting the branch back, you will be in trouble! It is, after all, a painstaking task to be staring at a screen all day long, waiting for something or nothing to happen.

When possible in your state, acquire a live video-monitoring service. Professionals such as Stealth Monitoring, All Tech, and Live Patrol have been reputable and consistent in their services.

Here are a few more advantages to this system:

 

  • Public service tie-ins

A significant advantage to these services is that they have tie-ins with local police and criminal justice departments, making them able to immediately alert the authorities upon the inception of the crime. Due to the fact that the most crucial hour in a crime scene is the first minutes of the activity, this feature makes them invaluable and well worth the expense.

 

  • No emotional miscalculation

Our human instincts kick-in when a situation gets dire. Is it fight or flight? Risk your life or run for it? You get the point. You can’t intimidate a camera. Sure, one can break it. But the perpetrator will have already been recorded in the instance before the camera got broken.

Also, since standard protocol for most guards, once they have detected a threat, is to find safe cover and call the police. More active guards that deter criminals from entering restricted property can actually make businesses more vulnerable to liability claims if the guards are injured.

 

  • Wide area coverage

Guards can only see what’s in front of them, as with the rest of us. The more expansive the site, the greater the challenge. It can even get dangerous for them to navigate. Using remote video monitoring allows for viewing different parts of the site from different vantage points.

 

3. Motion Sensor

Detecting when someone is in your home when they shouldn’t be is the whole point of this topic. Invented in 1950 as a burglar alarm, Samuel Bango applied basics of radar to ultrasonic waves – a frequency to notice fire or robber and that which human beings cannot listen to.

Motions sensors are widely used nowadays. Although developed for detecting enemy aircraft for World War II skirmishes, they are now ultimately developed to apply to everyday life. That said, here are a few different types of motion sensors.

 

A. PIR Sensor (Passive Infrared)

Humans produce IR radiation. Passive infrared sensors include a thin Pyroelectric film material that responds to IR radiation by emitting electricity. This sensor will activate an alarm whenever this influx of electricity takes place. Most commonly used in indoor settings, these sensors are economical, don’t use more energy and last forever.

 

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B. Tomographic Sensor

Able to notice through objects, obstructions, and walls, they are frequently placed in a way that makes a radio wave net that cover-ups large areas. Because this is one of the more expensive types of sensors, they are commonly used for storage units, a big company, and warehouses, and other situations that need a commercial level of security. But hey, if you can afford it, why not?

 

C. Ultrasonic Sensor

This type of sensor can be passive or active.

Passive ones prioritize sounds like glass breaking or metal on metal. The disadvantage to this one is that they are frequently expensive and prone to false alarms.

Active ones sound wave (ultrasonic wave) pulses. These determine the reflection of these waves off a moving object. Animals like cats, dogs, fishes can hear this sound waves, so an active ultrasonic alarm might unsettle them.

 

4. Siren

Why a siren? Why not?!

I don’t know about you, but if I were scurrying around, trying to be mouse-esque silent so as not to be discovered, a blaring, ear-deafening alarm would send me flying off my pants and have my heart racing with Usain Bolt. Nothing sends perpetrators flying more than sirens.

Two ways you can add security sirens to your home and property:

  • Supplement existing home security systems by adding on these big bold audio alarms.
  • Use standalone devices for indoor and/or outdoor security.

 

5. Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock

What are fingerprint door locks? Basically, it is in the name, but it is best viewed as a system which grants access to authorized personnel by virtue of recognizing their unique fingerprints.

Our unique fingerprints were an outcome of the human evolution, as they enhanced our ability to grip. Consequently, this particular step in the evolutionary process was to grant humans a fantastic method of identification.

Best of all, reduce the chances of losing your keys by 99%. And, should you lose the “key,” (and I sincerely hope you don’t!), you will always have an extra one on the other hand.

 

Bottomline..

After all is said and done, the best security measure will still be your vigilance. Your vigilance in heeding the above suggestions, your vigilance in applying the suggestions, and your vigilance in maintaining the suggestions. Because all would have been for naught if you merely installed them but.. forgot.. to turn.. them on!

Guy Keenan

Guy is a home improvements and gardening blogger. When he purchased his first home – a fixer-upper – he had to learn a lot about doing renovations and various jobs around the home and garden himself. Now he passes his knowledge on via his blog Guy About Home.

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