How to Select a Burglar Alarm

2/2/2014

Burglars dislike noise - it attracts attention. A barking dog is the best deterrent in preventing burglaries. However, a watch dog cannot always be depended upon. some professional burglars have been known to carry delectable "dog snacks" in their pockets - and with a full stomach, some watch dogs make friends easily and forget their purpose of guarding the premises. The most reliable safe-guard to protect your home and possessions is a reliable alarm.

Many types of burglar alarms can be obtained for residential use. It is advisable, however, that basic hardware security measures be followed first. If additional security is desired, the following recommendations could be helpful.

  1. Obtain estimates from three alarm companies, notifying each of this procedure.
  2. An audible alarm is recommended over silent alarms for residential use in order to first protect persons and secondly, property.

Don't depend entirely upon an alarm system to protect you - be sure to use proper locking devices. Any alarm system should include:

  1. A battery-powered fail-safe back-up.
  2. Fire-sensing capability.
  3. Read-out ability to check working of system.
  4. Horn sounding device installed in attic through vent.

When shopping for an alarm system, take this list with you.

Secondary Barrier

If the value of small personal items warrants protection, a secondary barrier is an additional safeguard. On a hinging closet door, install a 1" dead bolt lock. Store your jewels, furs, cameras, guns, silverware and other valuables behind this barrier. Be sure to "pin" the hinges (as outlined in "How To Burglar-Proof Your Doors" - available from the above publisher.)

Crime is on the increase throughout America - and most of the world! It is vital that you take steps to protect your family, your home, your possessions and yourself. It could save a life . . .maybe yours!

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