When Should You Get A Home Alarm System?

People often ask themselves when is the best time to get a home alarm system. Usually, there is a life event that triggers the thought that they need protection at home. It could be a break-in in the neighborhood or a suspicious door-to-door salesman that gave you the creeps. The truth is though that most people who get a home alarm system, usually wait too long.

The reality is that everyone should have a home alarm system. A home alarm system gives the homeowner unmatched peace of mind. Unlike a guard dog, a home alarm can’t be bypassed (a dog can be distracted or shot). And a home alarm is more reliable than a gun, as a gun is only effective if you’re home and instantly leads to a confrontation that could end up getting you hurt.

Don’t wait until after a break-in is attempted in your home to get a home alarm system. Too often people wait until after the fact to then get a security system. If they would have been proactive and gotten a system earlier the break-in most likely would never have happened!

Houses with home alarm systems are 3 times less likely to have a break-in than those without. Plus the lawn sign and decals that come with a home alarm system are incredibly strong deterrents as they show the would-be burglar that the home is protected and that they should move on to another house. Burglars don’t want to be caught and a home alarm system is a powerful tool in catching them.

So, get the best protection available by calling Think Protection today. Don’t wait until something happens in your home. Be proactive and protect yourself with the absolute best security at the lowest price – Think Protection!

Why Is It Important To Think Like A Burglar?

For most people it’s hard to get inside the mind of a burglar, so we have difficulty thinking like they do.

To be “successful” a lot of burglars use scams to help. One such scam is for the burglar to pose as a representative from a utility company or some other legitimate company. They will knock on your door and ask to read your water meter or some other “important” function. Many times, they will bring along an accomplice, whose job is to create a distraction while the other one quickly searches for smaller valuables to grab.

At other times the burglar may come alone and look for the weakest point of entry so he can come back another time. It’s important to watch for workers from gas or electric companies, cable companies, home renovation companies, roof repairers, pavers or anyone claiming to need access to your home that you didn’t invite beforehand. The best thing to do in these situations is to deny the person access, but it is wise to adopt some security measures in case they or someone else decides to come back another time. They know what they are looking for, and if it seems like you take your home security seriously, they are less likely to try and victimize you.

Physical features such as security bars on doors, security film on windows and heavy duty locks are definite deterrents. The presence of a home security company will also keep them away. Something as simple as a sign on the lawn or a few stickers on the windows will let them know that you are protected. Home security is of major importance because burglars will always be on the look-out for valuables to steal.

Which Is Best: Motion Detectors Or Entry Contacts?

Home alarm systems come with a variety of hardware. Two of the mainstays of home alarm packages are motion detectors and entry contacts. Both provide a valuable service and together add increased security to a home security system, but independently which provides more value?

To answer this question we need to understand what each piece of equipment does. A motion detector (also called a motion sensor) is placed inside the home and when activated detects movement within a targeted area. They cannot be bypassed.

Entry contacts are placed on various doors or windows in the home. One part of the contact is on the frame, and the other is placed on the door or window. They provide two functions. The first, and most glamorous, is when the contact is separated it can be programmed to instantly trigger the alarm system (this is when the system is armed). The other and more practical function are when the alarm is armed if a contact is separated, it provides a delay before the alarm is activated. This delay allows the homeowner to go to their keypad and disarm the system.

The difference between the effectiveness of the contacts and the motion detector is that the contacts can be bypassed. For example, if the contact is placed on a window, a burglar can simply cut the glass. This then provides an entrance into the home without the contact being separated, thus not activating the system.

To protect your home and your family the best, get an alarm system that uses motion detectors AND entry contacts.

Don’t be fooled though into a system that will give you 15 contacts and no motion detector. In that case quantity is not quality. Certain companies will offer an abundance of door/window contacts in lieu of motion detectors because the cost of contacts is far less to them then a detector is. They can them woo the customer with lots of equipment, while not truly providing ultimate protection.

So, remember to think protection when buying a home alarm system. Make sure to get an alarm that has both motion detectors and entry contacts. Make sure you own the system as opposed to a lease or rental. And remember, never sign a contract with an alarm company, so this way if you’re unhappy with the service you’re receiving you can go elsewhere.

Do Burglars Break Into The Same Home Multiple Times?

People are often relieved after a burglary to think that it won’t happen again.  Unfortunately, that first time may not have been the last, especially if no changes are made to stop up the security of home. If there was a weak door or window and you just replace it with an inexpensive version of the same you may find yourself the victim of another break in.

A burglar wants to find an easy way to get into your home, he wants to be able to remove valuable items and he doesn’t want to get caught. He doesn’t care whether it is fair or not that you have already been targeted.  If you are going to give him a way to get in again, and he finds a time that seems safe, he will definitely come back. He already knows the layout of the house and knows where your things are. It might even be a situation where he noticed a lot of appealing items that he wasn’t able to take with him the first time.

A burglar may also strike your home again within four to six weeks because he feels that anything of value will have been replaced by your insurance. There are several reasons why a burglar may choose to return to a home for a second session, and it is up to you to prevent that from happening.

Identify the weakest point of your home and fix it. Chances are that’s how he got in the first time, but not always. Check the doors to make sure they have all the necessary security features and have an experienced locksmith come out and go over the various entry points with you. Your home was an attractive target for a reason, and if you don’t make changes to your security, it will remain an attractive target for the same burglar and others. Definitely consider putting in a monitored home security system.

Think protection and learn from this experience and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Only you can be the best deterrent to being a victim multiple times, by adding extra levels of security to your home.

What To Look For When Buying A Safe

Sometimes, door and window security features, outdoor lighting, landscaping modifications and even alarms don’t end up keeping an experienced, determined burglar out of your home. Home alarms are a deterrent, they won’t however stop a thief from breaking in.

However, a good residential safe might keep your valued belongings from being taken.

Safes are the last line of defence after someone has already gained entry to the home, and despite the stories you hear of burglars carting entire safes out the door, it rarely, if ever happens that way.

First of all, a well-built safe is heavy. Even a modest-sized residential unit can weigh more than 100 pounds with nothing in it. You can even find home safes with locking mechanisms that require fingerprint identification or similar features that it is impossible for a burglar to reproduce.

A safe might seem like an old-fashioned way to protect your belongings, but the vast majority of the time it will keep your important documents, jewelry and similar items secure. You can even find home safes that are designed to hold a laptop, if you hate the thought of someone making off with all your personal information. Basically, most of the smaller things that a burglar will typically look for will fit into your home safe.

It’s important to note that most burglars are in a rush when they get into a house. He is looking for smaller items that he knows he will be able to sell, and that won’t take up a lot of space or energy to carry with him. That’s not to say he won’t try to get into your safe, but he certainly won’t try to pick it up and take it with him, and if it won’t open within a minute or two, he will abandon that part of the project and move on. Look for a safe that protects against fire and water too, so your documents and possessions stay safe no matter what happens.