How to Choose Best the Security System
How to Choose Best the Security System
Trying to figure out what home security upgrades will work best for you can feel overwhelming but the good news is, it doesn’t have to. Here is some information to get you started and help you figure out what might work best for you and your home.
- Determine if you are looking for small upgrades such as updating door and window locks or a full-scale alarm system. Your budget will definitely be a factor in this decision.
- Research online. While it may take a little time, doing some research can go a long way when it comes time to actually purchasing your home security equipment. Researching will give you a better idea about price points and which brands you are interested in.
- Read customer reviews. It can be a bit tedious but scrolling through the reviews will usually give you a strong sense as to whether a product has a good or bad reputation.
- Talk to an expert. Even if you’re pretty sure you know what you want, talking to a professional locksmith/security expert is a great idea because they are going to have insight into things you may have not thought about.
Things an expert might ask you:
- What made you decide you want a security system?
- Are you a renter or owner?
- Do you plan on moving in the near future?
- Do you want mobile access?
Trident Recommends (Best security system with mobile access)
- Honeywell Lynx 7000
- DSC Power 1616 or 1832 with Internet Interface and Phone App
- DSC Power 1616 or 1832 with Cellular Communicator and Phone App
HOME BURGLARY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Most burglaries happen in a very short amount of time. For a burglar, the goal is to find the easiest entry point, score valuables and get out fast. Here are some pointers to keep you aware and help prevent a break-in.
ON THE PROWL
While we often equate burglaries with the nighttime, many break-ins actually occur in the day because most people are at work or school, which makes it an opportune time for a burglar to do their dirty work. Make sure you are locking all your doors and windows before you leave for the day and don’t leave spare keys hidden outside, you’re better off leaving a spare key with a friend or a trusted neighbour.
POINTS OF ENTRY
Many burglars gain entry into a home through an unlocked window or door, especially in the summer months. Windows and patio doors are often left open to ‘beat the heat’ and unfortunately are forgotten about. Make sure to lock these windows and doors, even if you’re just going to be in another part of the house—it’s best to eliminate easy access points whether you’re home or not.
Most burglars will hit the master bedroom and home office first because that’s generally where people keep valuables such as jewelry, electronics, and cash. Having a safe (one that is bolted to the floor is even better) will help prevent your most precious valuables from being stolen in the event of a break-in.
Home security systems: An alarm going off is a big deterrent and having this extra security will give you peace of mind when you’re out and when you’re at home. Signage and stickers from your alarm company provider is also a big deterrent and informs people that you have an alarm.
Motion activated lighting: The perfect way to startle a possible intruder and also alert you that there is activity outside.
Timers on indoor lights: A great way to give the illusion that someone is home, when they aren’t.
Deadbolts and solid doors: Make it as difficult as possible for a burglar to gain entry—the more effort the break-in requires, there is better chance they won’t bother.
Neighbourhood watch: Notice someone suspicious hanging around or an unfamiliar car that keeps driving by? Let your neighbours know. This is a very simple and effective way for you and your neighbours to be on top of any unusual activity.
A dog with a solid bark: A furry friend with a good bark is a great alarm system for when you are home and while you’re at work.
Trident Recommends (Best fireproof safe)
- Brawn FB and FBF Series Safes for Fire/Burglary Rating
- Brawn BS Series Safes for 1 or 2 Hour Fire Ratings