For most people, their home is their biggest investment. The median price for a home is expected to be $226,000. And of course, everyone has insurance on their house. Everyone has insurance on their car as well. But more people have alarms for their cars than their homes. How does that make any sense?
Most people associate home security alarms with high ticket home security systems, home security alarm systems, or home security monitoring that can cost $70 a month or more. I recently heard of a new home security company in New Mexico that is hiring ex-police officers only to respond to alarm calls from members because quite frankly the response time from the police department was way too slow. Monitored security systems are effective no question about that. The question is-is there an effective way to protect your house without sending you to the poor house.
Obviously there is a point where cost becomes prohibitive. Each situation is different for sure. Depending on the risk level of the area in which you live many low-cost home security devices will do the job just as well as the high priced toys. Remember the objective is to prevent a burglary-keep the intruder from intruding.
Recently in Colorado Springs, a woman was saved from an uncertain fate by an intruder trying to get into her house. She was awakened in the middle of the night by her barking dogs. Now I am not suggesting that everyone gets a dog because quite frankly a lot of dogs are not suited for this anyhow. But let’s look at some inexpensive alternatives that do work.
The simplest and least expensive are security alarms activated by opening a window or door. When the alarm is activated a 110-decibel alarm goes off. Other systems using infrared technology detect motion in a room and set off an alarm. Yet another device sets off a realistic barking dog sound when movement is sensed from 30 feet away through doors and walls. The barking gets louder and more frequent as the intruder approaches.
One more system that has a broader appeal is a motion-activated annunciator system that can detect movement from 1000 feet away and “lets you know” if someone is approaching in your driveway, backyard, or patio. This system can trigger a floodlight if it senses movement in a designated area. It can monitor up to six zones.
There are many home security alarms available that will do the job effectively without breaking the bank. Why take a chance with such a valuable investment. There are many choices available one has to be right for your home.