The Best Value In A Home Security Product

In the close to 10 years we have been writing about home security products, we have come to change our thinking about what represents the best value in them. In this article we will discuss what the best value in security products is and explain why we have changed our mind.

First of all, that industry is close to a $60 billion a year behemoth that grows by leaps and bounds every year, not just because of new homes either; long-time homeowners realize the value of protecting their nearly $250,000 investment-the biggest they have.

And what are they protecting it from? Home burglary continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. And it’s not difficult to understand why. It is one of the most lucrative of all crimes, and the chances of getting caught are slim and none and we just saw Slim leaving town about 10 minutes ago. There is only a 5% chance that a burglar will get caught according to police statistics.

A burglar will spend about 10 minutes or less inside a home looking for things of value like cash, credit cards, jewelry and handguns-things that are easily pawned for quick cash. In that time he will take, on average, close to $2,000 worth of goods. Not bad for 10 minutes’ work.

Window alarms are an inexpensive way to protect your home. If properly used they can sound a loud alarm when somebody enters through a window so they represent a very good value also.

I used to believe that the best value in a home security product was a motion detection alarm called the electronic watchdog, a.k.a. the barking dog alarm. It sold for anywhere from $80-$100. It protected an area up to 20 feet away in a 110 degree arc. When someone entered the protected area, the sound of a barking dog started. It was one of the most effective home security alarms available and continues to be one of my favorites.

But recently I have come to my senses and realize that the most effective security product at deterring burglary and therefore the best value for a home security product are fake security cameras.

When a burglar sees a security camera outside of the home, unless he’s got a screw loose, he will move on to another house. He doesn’t want to get caught, and he doesn’t want to have his picture taken. Unless he’s three or four feet away from a fake security camera he cannot tell the difference between that and the real thing.

You’re In The Home Security Products Store, Now What?

There was once a more simplistic time where home security products were not loaded onto the shelves in the dozens; but that time has come and gone. Products will range from affordable home security to excessively expensive home security. In order to get the right protective measures, you have to consider what your individual requirements actually are. You may live in a sheltered environment and you may only need a minuscule amount of comfort in order to feel like you have a secure home. If you can sit down and put your protective expectations under a microscope, you will be able to filter through the overabundance of home security products available to the consuming public.

People automatically think of alarm home security systems when they think of having a secure home. They assume that the only way to protect themselves and their things is to find a home security service that will charge them a fee every month, even though they may never use it. There are many other options on the market, and many of them are more affordable merchandise in regards to home security products. For instance, if you have some jewelry that you feel more comfortable protecting, and a safe isn’t enough, try some photoelectric detectors. The detectors will create a beam that is not visible to an intruder, but it will prevent someone from passing into a restricted designated area. If you don’t want to fool with the beams, try a biometric fingerprint door lock. The fingerprint door lock is a perfect accessory to home security because it ensures that only you are capable of opening the door; you or your finger.

Yet other home security products are the detectors. Many people think that there are only smoke detectors, but the truth is that protection has come a long way in building a secure home. There are now carbon monoxide detectors, your standard fire alarm protectors, and glass break detectors. There are different glass break and audio detector products on the market, but there are the industry standards as well. Visonic, a leader in the home security industry, makes a glass break detector with advanced acoustics which will allow for more sensitive abilities. Another company is DSC and their glass detector product is recognized in the home security system industry for being the only detector with two patents. Mace has a window alert system that will fit on any window without using home security alarm systems.

If you have a larger home, you may want to consider getting home security system products that reach beyond the normal parameters. For instance, a driveway alarm, door chime, or an announcer may be a wise choice so that you know who is approaching your home and when. You may also look into a siren, strobe, or speaker depending on how much attention you want to draw to a perpetrator. Although you may want to keep in mind that products are not human; they can and will malfunction from time to time. Ademco is a leader in the home security product market, and they are one of the best when it comes to keypads, sensors, chimes, sirens, strobes and speakers. Ademco also sells other home security products such as door contacts and recognition hand key systems.

You may also want to look into the option of making your home secure by placing what appears to be an alarm system outside of your door. When keyless entry hit the automotive community everyone was ecstatic. Why wouldn’t you want the same security for your home as you have for your car? Visonic makes two different products that allow you to leave and enter your home without a key and only a password. There is a stand alone system, and an outdoor access control system that has more than one controller.

Home security products are important, even if they are in the disguise of a few stickers strategically placed around your home. However, there are so many new things on the market that it would be to your benefit to look into a few of them. Ignoring products that can help to make a home secure is like turning off your air conditioning in the middle of the summer and then paying for it anyway. You can always keep in mind that looking doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be buying.

What is the Favorite Home Security Product?

Home security is becoming a real issue these days with an increase in burglaries and home invasions. Statistics show that if you stay in your home for six years, at least on average, your home will become another stat and be burgled. Police officials tell us that near ninety percent of all home break-ins can be prevented. You would think that with all the publicity about this topic and the very real threat that it poses that more folks would lock their doors and windows.

Sixty percent of all home burglaries happen through unlocked doors and windows. Just a fact! Of all the home security products to choose from what is the favorite?

Law enforcement officials will tell you the sounds of a barking dog is best deterrent for security for your home and business security too. The Electronic Watchdog wireless security product is the favorite home security product and here’s why.

The barking dog alarm uses a new type of ‘radar’ that senses anything in a one hundred degree field of view up to twenty feet away. If there is an encroachment the sound of an angry barking dog starts. A remote control can be used to arm and disarm the alarm.

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the most effective. In this case it is the favorite device for securing your home there is. It is so easy to use and setup-aim it in the direction you want to cover, set the volume and sensitivity then plug it in. So get going and ‘harden’ your home as a target. Lock doors and windows as a start and always use your peephole.