Worried About Home Security? You Need to Protect These 4 Critical Areas
When you set up home security, you have a lot of options when it comes to equipment, placement and features. To ensure your home is as secure as possible, there are several essential areas you may want to focus on. Here’s a look at four critical areas of your home, why they need protection, and which equipment can help.
1. Front Door
Many thieves simply walk in the front door, grab what they want and leave. Unfortunately, that’s possible because many locks can be popped open with a crowbar and a bit of elbow grease. However, if you have a door sensor on your front door, the placement ensures your alarm is triggered if an intruder ever attempts to breach that entryway.
As an added bonus, you can use your door sensor as an alert and have it audibly beep anytime someone opens the door. That’s great for retail establishments and for families with toddlers who are prone to “escaping” out the front door.
To boost safety in this area, you may also want to set up interactive video surveillance. When you’re at home, your video camera allows you to see who’s knocking at your door, and when you’re out and about, you can monitor the camera remotely using an app on your smartphone or laptop.
2. Back or Patio Doors
To ensure intruders don’t slip unnoticed through the back door, you may also want to put a door sensor on your back or patio door. Door sensors feature a relatively simple two-part design. One part attaches to the door frame and the other part attaches to the door.
When the door is closed, the sensors are magnetically connected, but if someone opens the door, the action pulls apart the sensors and breaks the magnetic bond so the alarm to go off. These sensors can work on traditional doors, sliding doors, and French doors.
3. Bottom of the Stairs
In most cases, thieves come to homes in the middle of the day when no one is home, but in those rare cases when a thief comes into the home in the middle of the night, you need extra protection. A motion detector near the base of the stairs is the ideal way to ensure that no one can get to the upstairs bedrooms without tripping the alarm.
If you decide to get a motion detector, you may want to work with a security system installation expert to ensure you get the right motion detector for your needs—for example, if you have kids that get up in the middle of the night or large pets, you may need to consider an alternative option.
4. Garage Doors and Windows
Homeowners tend to store a number of valuable items in their garages, including power tools, motorcycles, and even guns, which have high resale value. In spite of this fact, many homeowners forget to secure their garages. If your garage is connected to your home, adding extra security to the garage also helps protect your home.
If you have a service entrance to your garage, you may want to put a door sensor on that. Furthermore, consider glass break detectors on the windows. These detectors sense the sound of breaking glass, and if someone tries to enter the area by breaking a window, they trigger the alarm system.
Ultimately, as a concerned homeowner, you may want to add even more protection to your home than these areas, but the above ideas give you a great starting point. To find out which type of security system is right for your home, contact SleepWell today. With our motto, “We keep watch so you can sleep well,” we’re always ready to help you assess your security needs.