Investing in Home Safety and Home Security During Difficult Economic Times

It may be hard to justify spending money right now. Like many others, you may be struggling to make it through this recession or you may just be hesitant to spend, not knowing what the future will bring financially. Watching the news each day will only make you more uncertain, since experts can’t even agree on when this recession may pass; however, you probably realize that crime rates are also on the rise and the longer times are hard financially, the higher that crime rate is likely to become. This makes it even more essential that you protect what you have and what you’ve worked so very hard to achieve.

Investing in your home security system makes good financial sense at any time, especially during times of difficult economic times when crime rates are high and may well rise even further in the future. There are multiple reasons to invest in home security, including the idea that your investment may actually save you money in the long run.

Home security can save you money not just by protecting you from loss due to theft, fire or other types of losses. Installing a good home security system can win you better home insurance rates as well. Installation of a good security system increases the value of your property and can win you a higher selling price if you do chose to sell your home.

You have worked hard for what you have and you have to be concerned with protecting yourself, your loved ones, your personal belongings as well as your structural home. With all of these different concerns in mind, you should consider multiple levels of home protection and security.

Locks are still the backbone of any good security system. Good quality locks, stable and strong entry doors and the placement of locks are all important. You should have multiple locks on your entry doors, including both a door handle lock and a deadbolt lock. Deadbolt locks should be installed higher on the door to prevent your lock from easily breaking away if the door is kicked. Locks that are difficult to pick and those that are “lock bumping” resistant are available on the market and should be your first line of defense against unwanted entry into your home.

Unfortunately, you can’t just think having locks on your doors is enough these days. You should look into a home security package that includes other security options as well, including audio and video intercom systems that allow you to speak with and see visitors before allowing them in your home. You can install additional systems that will sound alarms if windows and doors are opened without your authorization. Gate security can be an option as well, if you want to prevent anyone from accessing not just your home but your property without your permission.

Pointing and Clicking Your Way to Better Home Security

If you think that the Internet Age has positioned the Web as the foremost authority and marketplace for home security items, you are absolutely right. There is simply not enough time for sales reps to detail all of the little things which can go on a home alarm system and you might not be ready to hear it when they tell it. The internet is a great reference tool, a library that never closes. Whether something troubles you at 3 PM or 3 AM, it is at your service. Here are some ideas for using it to get better home security.

Use the big company websites to your advantage: You might consider the big home security company websites to be out there only to steer you in the direction of buying their products, but you can certainly use them to your advantage. Look for tips to round the system you already have in place.

Read through some different reviews: When you have the access to all of the reviews which are posted on different websites, you are going to get a taste of the feedback out there. Some of it is a little misguided; some is even downright fallacious and borderline libelous. Nonetheless, if there is overwhelming support from what seems to be reliable sources, you can feel comfortable you are about to make a good home alarm or lock purchase. In fact, there are enough consumer watchdog websites out there that you can feel safe about the reviews you are reading.

Keep certain sites as favorites to keep a pricing watch: You will notice that certain sites are always putting the goods together in the way of security items. Keep them on your web browser as favorites and continue to check back repeatedly to see if there are any great prices you ought to take advantage of. If you can catch a sale and get one of the items before it goes out of stock, you will probably kill two birds with one stone. You will no longer have to worry about a lapse in security and you will save a bit of money at the same time. Of course, living without an item for too long is not advisable.

Order quickly with a credit card: When you know what you want and that you want it quickly, have a credit card in hand so you can order and have it shipped in a flash. It is just another reason why you would want to keep a good credit history. Having to find all of the things you could order in five minutes online, to find these things separately in stores would be a logistical nightmare. In fact, it would probably take you a day or two at least. That is a lot of time you could have been using to do other things, everything from reviewing the plan you have in place to getting set for the necessary improvements.

Basic Home Security, Are You Covered?

Basic home security; most people think that there is a ‘one-size-fits-all, silver bullet solution’ to basic home security. The reality is that each situation is unique and deserves a complete and individual review to ensure all precautions are taken to protect your home, loved ones and valuables.

A basic home security system certainly is a very good investment to make to protect you, your loved ones and your property. In addition to having the proper security system, don’t over look the other, simple things you can do to deter the casual criminal. Following are some precautions that should be implemented now, regardless of any home security system you have or are contemplating installing.

Your exterior doors are one of the main points of access to your home. If they’re ‘wide open’ or unlocked, someone looking to cause problems will walk through them, almost guaranteed. Locking all exterior doors with a high quality lock will slow down and perhaps even stop the ‘casual criminal’. The more time and effort required to gain access to your home, the more likely the criminal will move on to other, easier targets. Placing as many deterrents as possible in the way of the criminal is one of the basic tenets of home security. It is definitely something you should keep in mind when evaluating your current security system or when shopping for your home security system.

It may sound like a no brainer, but, you’d be surprised at how few of us have deadbolt’s on all exterior doors. It may seem like it is over kill, but standard locks are very easy to bypass. It is incredible how fast and easy it is to gain access to a garage or uninhabited house using nothing more than a cheap ID card, Membership card, or driver’s license. A standard lock just won’t stop someone who is willing to go the extra step to gain access to your home.

Also, if any door has glass in it or right next to it, be sure the deadbolt requires a key on both sides in order to open it. Having a deadbolt with a key on the exterior and a simple turn knob on the inside isn’t much better than having no deadbolt at all. A criminal can break or cut the glass, reach in turn the knob and enter your home. With a proper deadbolt in place, a criminal will either have to be very proficient at picking a 6 tumbler lock, or be able kick your door in.

How should you secure all those windows? They’re great to look out, but they’re not a deterrent from a security standpoint. Not only do they let people look directly into your home, but they’re fragile and easy to break. However, as long as all your windows are closed and locked, a criminal will be forced to destroy your property if they want to gain access to your home. Closing and ensuring all windows are securely locked is a must. You should check every day before you leave the house and every night before you go to bed. Make sure all windows are checked, not just the ground-accessible windows, and make it part of your daily routine.