Securing your Home
Your home is your domain, which is why home security is so important. Many times, individuals do not further the security of their home until they have been the victim of a robbery. The idea, however, is for you to secure your home before it ever happens. That way you don't have to experience the violation nor do you have to make the claim on your homeowner's insurance policy.
When a home is broken into, a theft usually takes place. Valuable items are stolen because the thief wants to sell them to a pawn shop or outright. It is very rare that a thief wants the items they have stolen for personal use.
All-in-all, you need to make sure your home is secure to begin with so that you don't have to worry about someone breaking in. There are a number of security measures that you can take to ensure that thieves are deterred. If they are brave and break in anyway, then you want them to be caught. Plus, proper home security measures can actually decrease your house insurance costs.
In addition to installing very strong locks, such as bolt locks on your doors, and locking them while at home and before you leave, an alarm system may help to deter thieves. Although the alarm does not sound until the thief has broken in, the sound can run them off.
However, you can have a sticker on your home that says there is an alarm system installed. When the alarm sounds, the control center is notified. They will call the home to confirm the alarm is not you or a family member who has tripped it. If there is no answer, then they will alert the authorities. The process is very fast and many thieves have been caught in this way.
But knowing the home has an alarm system can deter the thief almost always. If the control panel is within their view when they are at a door or window, they will believe that the system truly exists and will most likely leave. This is what you want to achieve.
The systems are not that expensive and are very much worth the investment. You can either purchase the entire system or you can sign a contractual agreement that will allow you to have the system for free if you sign your contract for a specific amount of time. What you do depends upon you, but you can tell your homeowner's insurance company that you have installed an alarm system and this may even save you some money on your premium.
A surveillance system may also save some money on your premium. Not only because it makes your home safer, but because you can actually catch a criminal with such a system. You are doing a great favor to the insurance company and others that they insure in your neighborhood because catching the thief means preventing them from breaking into someone's home again.
Basically, you can install a surveillance system somewhere where the thief would see the camera. However, you have to ensure that they can't reach the camera. This is because they could disable it and not get caught. Nevertheless, you can use this to keep them away.
If you use a surveillance system in addition to an alarm system, you are fully securing your home in a great way. Not only are you trying to deter them, but can have their face on video if they do manage to break in. Even if they don't you can still identify the person and they can still be jailed for attempted breaking and entering. So do what you can and take the steps necessary in securing your home.