Home Security

Picture of a house secured with a chain and lock

Home security -- did you automatically think professionally installed security systems when you read those words? The vast majority of Americans would, so you would be in good company and with the majority.

Certainly a monitored home security system is a valuable part of a secured home; but there are a lot of other things you can do to increase your home security. Many of which won't cost you an arm and leg.

You don't need to turn your home into a barred fortress or bank vault to protect your family, yourself and your possessions. There are a few basic steps you can take to greatly reduce the chance that your home will be next on the hit list.

This section of the site will offer everything from low cost solutions to the high end of monitored security systems. It is not just for homeowners; many of the tips contained here work equally well for renters.

Did you know that your average burglar uses doors and windows the vast majority of time to gain access to your home. A few preventive steps here can save you much grief when the burglar pays you a visit.

The saddest statistic off all about burglaries is that in about one third of the cases they gained entry through and unlocked door or window. How much technology or expense does it take to lock your doors and windows?

I have a very good friend that has said more than once, "I don't want to live in a neighborhood where I have to lock my doors every time I leave the house."

Frankly, I don't know anywhere in the world where I would feel that was safe. I don't really believe it exists. Even a gated community only offers the illusion of that. Crimes can and do happen, even in those.

But home security isn't just about burglaries; home security also involves items like working smoke detectors, CO2 sensors if you use fossil fuels for heat, hot water or even cooking, and water sensors if you have a sump pump or basement. The protection of your greatest asset has many battle fronts.

Your real home security will be a result of the actions you do or don't take.


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