Home security is an unfortunate but necessary part of everyday life, and particularly if you live in an urban area. Getting the right kind of security device, although initially costly, can save you money in the long run. Savings can be made in terms of both theft deterrents and cover against losses, as well as through potential reductions in home insurance premiums for taking on extra security measures. Ultimately though, home security devices will give you a greater peace of mind. Some of the best home security devices that should be considered by any homeowner include:

1 – Security Alarm Control Panels

The best way to optimize your security system, a security alarm control panel works as a wall mounted unit that allows you to set and monitor a security trigger. The panel is typically connected to a relay that will set off an alarm if the home is entered and the alarm is not disabled. Control panels have evolved from simple relays to more sophisticated digital systems, and should be considered the first stage of ensuring that you have control over your system. At the same time, panels can be fitted to ensure that they sound an alarm if telephone wires are cut, and can also contain autodial functions.

2 – Security Lighting

Manual and automatic security lighting is invaluable for acting as a deterrent to potential thieves. Lighting can be operated through motion and infra red detection schemes, and are usually found at the front and back of properties, and near to garages. While it is important to avoid lights become a nuisance to neighbors, a well placed switch can be set on a timer to put off burglars. It is also important to consider leaving front and hall lights on and curtains drawn when away. Doing so can create a simple extra level of security.

3 – Passive Infrared Sensors

One of the more high tech options for security devices, passive infrared sensors (PIR), detect changes in heat signatures to trigger alarms. Plastic sheeting helps prevent the alarm from being set off by insects and birds, while the placement of the sensor means that the area focused on can be very specific. Sensors can also be placed in tight corners, making them difficult to spot for a would-be burglar.

4 – Ultrasonic detectors

Similar in terms of design to PIR sensors, ultrasonic sensors instead detect changes in movement and sound waves, and distinguish between active and passive fields, which can range from loud noises like breaking glass to general movement. Although very sensitive, ultrasonic detectors are useful for securing areas as they work on a finely tuned basis, and are almost impossible to bypass.

5 – Glass Break Detectors

A device that is usually attached to windows and doors, glass break detectors respond to shock, and emit an alarm as soon as significant contact is made. The shock of the alarm should scare off thieves, making glass detectors ideal for both homeowners and shopkeepers. One glass detector is often enough to be effective if a number of windows are aligned together, and only one window is broken.

Serena is an in-house copywriter for a leading supplier of energy saving electrical supplies at Discount Electrical. In her spare time she writes various other blogs online on numerous other topics such as health and automotive.


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