Do you feel you need to do more to secure your home? Do you need more than just locks and latches to keep your home safe? Read on to find out if security systems are a good option for you.
What does a security system do?
As the name suggests, a security system keeps your home secure for you even when you are not around! Gone are the days when you could rest assured with a simple lock guarding your home while you are away. Growing thefts and crime rates call for more security. These days we find a lot of working couples whose children stay at home alone after school or whose aged parents live alone. Security systems can increase the safety quotient in these situations. Security systems are common for home-owners in western countries like USA. This concept is becoming popular in India too! Security systems come in different varieties:
Wireless home security systems.
Digital video cameras/ video surveillance system.
Fingerprint door locks and other biometric systems – The homeowners’ fingerprints are registered in the system. These systems ensure that only those persons whose fingerprints are registered in the system can operate the locks.
Burglar alarm systems – Most indoor security systems are fixed on doors, windows, and other points of entrances into your home. These monitor the movement around the areas where they are fixed with the help of motion sensors.
Card readers – These systems are good for apartment security. Each resident is given a card key which s/he needs to enter the premises or use any of the facilities like clubhouse, swimming pools etc.
Some security systems come with fire alarms or smoke detectors. Security systems may be extremely useful for people living alone or where the apartment management does not provide any security. Some security systems perform the task of alerting neighbors and frightening away trespassers by ringing alarms or flashing lights when an intrusion is detected. There are monitoring systems as well, in which the security system is connected to a central monitoring system that monitors movements in your house.
While security systems are a way to ensure additional protection for your home, it is not foolproof. You still have to be vigilant! Little measures like informing your security company if you are going to be away for sometime, keeping your neighbors informed, checking the battery of your alarm system, and keeping your valuables in a safe are advisable.
Do you think you can lock your house and leave your home for days? Do you feel your home will be safe without a security system? How do these new systems compare to the old ‘watchman’ system?
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