Home Security

Home security is a topic that deserves consideration by anyone responsible for a home, be it a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or a dorm room. To keep the home secure from intrusion is the goal, whether it takes the form of a home invasion that occurs while the occupants are inside or a burglary that occurs while they are away for the day or on vacation.


Identifying Security Vulnerabilities in a Home

Applying home security includes:

  • Products
  • Modifications
  • Education
  • Awareness.

A proper understanding of when and where a home is vulnerable and what can be done about it is required.

Once a homeowner grasps the essentials, he or she will be able to apply the proper security devices and techniques to prevent a violation of the home.

The Function of Home Security

How exactly does home security work? At its very core, the main objectives of residential security are to both discourage and frustrate any attempts at gaining entry to the home. In order to meet these objectives the homeowner first learns how the home is vulnerable and what the intruder is looking for, and then goes about filling in the cracks in security. This can be done through:

  • The application of devices
  • Repairing and improving the internal structure of the home
  • Becoming aware of the hot spots of danger.

Through these tactics, the homeowner creates layer after layer of security, making the home less and less attractive to potential burglars.

Home Security Considerations

Educate yourself. Get in the bad guy's shoes. Pretend you are planning to break into your own house as a burglar when no one is home. How would you do it? If your answer is, "I would smash the window, reach in, and unlock the door," then you should look for ways to reinforce the window, move the door locks, add more locks to the door, or all three. It is this kind of thinking that starts you on the path to creating the best security for your home.

Consider which devices might help make your home more secure. Cameras, motion sensors, thermal sensors, electronic alarms are all potential home security devices that could do wonders to adding layers of protection to your home.

Burglars don't want to be caught; the more difficult you make it for them to get in and out of your home undetected, the more likely they will pass over your home as a potential target. With the advances in technology today, "smart homes" are becoming more prevalent, with a web of security measures controlled electronically by you.

Other Home Security Concerns

Protecting the home from burglars is not the only way to keep you and yours secure; fire and other hazards can be just as damaging and deadly, if not more. As you make your preparations for home security, don't forget to take time to ask additional questions such as, "What if there was an electrical short that caused a fire while I was away from home? What would happen?"

Keep asking questions. In answering them, you will discover all the proper ways to protect the home. From the start of the process to finish, knowledge is the key to keeping your home secure.