Here’s Where to Begin
Your first area of concentration should be designed to deter the bad guys by making them not even want to approach your home in the first place. This can be accomplished with yard signs indicating that you have a burglar alarm, as well as window stickers, signs about a vicious dog and other warnings indicating that your home is well secured. Any burglar worth his trade will prefer not to hassle with overcoming these deterrents, especially if there are other homes nearby who aren’t nearly as fortified as yours.
Another layer should include devices that detect intruders dumb enough to ignore your warning signs. Your burglar alarm is one detection device, but you should also consider others such as surveillance cameras, glass break detectors and even things like motion-detected lighting which can act as a silent alarm in the night. Other types of alarms may also include driveway alarms and gate alarms, which will let you know the second an intruder steps onto certain areas of your property even before your burglar alarm sounds!
Your strongest layer will consist of devices that actually alert the authorities if an intruder is able to bypass your first two layers. If your burglar alarm is not being monitored by a licensed central monitoring station, please look into contracting such a service right away. If you’re not home to hear the alarm or if it is ignored by neighbors, you’ll definitely want a professional monitor to call the police on your behalf. Monitoring also comes in handy if you are ever the victim of a home invasion where, even if you disarm an alarm after a period of time, a trained monitor will call to ensure that you are safe and that you are not being held against your will. With a predetermined safe word in place, this sort of security can literally make the difference between life and death.
Having now taken that important first action by installing a DIY burglar alarm, we know that your mind and your efforts are in the right place. It’s now time for you to get busy brainstorming all of the ways that you can create other layers of security to create the safest space possible for you and your family. If you need help, give us a holler and we’ll discuss other options with you. And if you have any comments or questions about home security layers, in general, feel free to sound off below.