Why You Need an Intruder Alarm

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In a bad economy, when millions of people are out of work, crime rates increase dramatically. Crimes of opportunity increase the most. Robberies and home invasions are increasing, as testified every evening in the news. Protecting yourself from robbery and home invasion is why you need an intruder alarm.

An intruder alarm will alert you, your neighbors and, possibly, the police if someone tries to enter your home. Whether your home is a single family dwelling, a duplex, an apartment or a condo, there is an intruder alarm that is right for you. Intruder alarms can be purchased and installed in as little as a single day. And you can purchase many types of intruder alarms and install them yourself.

Who Should Have an Intruder Alarm?

Anyone who is concerned about danger from an intruder should have some type of intruder alarm. Some groups of people are more vulnerable to criminals than others. As much as we hate to admit it, the elderly, the disabled, and women living alone are often targets of criminals. Homes of people who travel regularly can also be targets. Whether or not it is appropriate, these groups of people are often considered unable to defend themselves or their property.

Any residence, however, can be targeted for any reason. Unless you live in a particularly safe area, you will probably sleep better and feel safer if you have an intruder alarm. Before investigating your options in alarms, you should begin by assessing the crime rate where you live, particular vulnerabilities of your home, and aspects of your family's lifestyle that make you a good target for criminals.

Consider Your Vulnerability

It is important to know how vulnerable you and your family are before investing in an intruder alarm. Here are some of the things to consider:

  • Do you routinely leave doors unlocked?
  • Do you frequently leave first-floor windows open or unlocked?
  • Is there a wooded area or other good hiding place adjoining your property?
  • Is it dark at night around any doors or first-floor windows?
  • Do you often return home with packages or other items in your arms?
  • Do you have a detached garage?
  • Is there shrubbery near back or side doors?
  • If you shouted for help, would anyone hear you?
  • Do you have doors that are particularly vulnerable?
  • How easy would it be for someone to follow you home?
  • Do you keep large amounts of cash in your home?
  • Do you carry large amounts of cash?

Types of Intruder Alarms

There are several types of intruder alarms for you to consider. Some are more appropriate for particular types of residences.

If you live in an apartment or condo (with a number of units in a single building) you might need only an alarm that makes a lot of noise. This type of intruder alarm can be purchased in a home improvement store and installed easily. If you live on the first few floors of the building, you might also want to install alarms on windows. These intruder alarms are often portable and can be taken from one apartment or condo to another. The goal is for the intruder alarm to make enough noise to rouse other people or a security guard. You can also choose a wireless model that will not require any special wiring.

If you live in a duplex or a single family home, you might want to consider something a little more sophisticated. For the home, there are several types of intruder alarms, often used in combination in an integrated system. There are alarms that notify you if a door is opened. Most issue a quiet beep if the intruder alarm system is deactivated â€" but it is enough to alert you. There alarms that notify you if a window is opened. Many of these also alert you with a quiet beep when the system is deactivated. There are also glass-break alarms that respond to the sound of the glass in a window or door being broken. And there are motion sensors that sound an intruder alarm if someone is moving about the house. All of these alarms have loud sirens designed to scare off intruders and alert your neighbors.

In addition to the sound of the intruder alarms and the sirens they activate if someone enters your home, intruder alarms can also be monitored by security companies. In this case, if an intruder alarm is activated, the security company or monitoring company calls your local police department. In many cities, you can also connect your intruder alarm system directly to the police department.

Whether you are a member of a particularly vulnerable group or you just want to know that your family is safe, intruder alarms can be a very good idea. Just evaluate your level of need before you make a purchase. Then, we suggest consulting a home security specialist. Then you can purchase the intruder alarms that make the most sense for your needs, your budget, and your safety.

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About the author: Todd Cavanaugh is a 10-year intruder alarm business owner. His company installs home and business monitored security systems, 24-hour surveillance cameras, access control systems and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. See his business web site for his recommendations on intruder alarm systems

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This article was published on 2010/03/28