Any fan of the Home Alone franchise knows young Kevin McCallister proves to be quite the mastermind at preventing a pair of burglars from gaining access to his family’s home. While paint cans, spikes, and tar might have served young Kevin well, most homeowners will want something more substantial to keep potential criminals from entering their home while away. Fortunately, there are plenty of modern day “booby traps” that can help ensure no burglar ever manages to gain unauthorized entry to a home.
Implementing Surveillance Cameras
Surveillance cameras serve multiple purposes. Firstly, a camera system can give a homeowner a bird’s eye view of their home, with many homeowners using mobile apps and online monitoring tools to watch footage in real-time. In the event of an incident at the home, the footage recorded with the camera could also prove valuable to law enforcement and insurance companies.
The presence of security cameras is also enough to scare away many criminals and would-be burglars. Placing such cameras in a highly-visible area can help ensure passerby know that the home is protected from intruders. Many homeowners also choose to prominently display the name of their security company in the yard. This can help to further deter criminals.
Using Wireless Alarm Systems
Wireless alarm systems are a fantastic solution for blocking criminals who may attempt to access a home. If any unauthorized entry occurs, the alarm sends a signal to a command center. This in turn will alert the police, who will visit the home to ensure no crime has occurred.
Alarms can also be outfitted to emit a sharp audio signal when entry occurs. This will tell criminals that they have been discovered, and send them running from the residence. Many choose to do this to prevent any items from being taken from the home.
Exploring 2gig Control Systems
For homeowners who take home security seriously, a 2gig control system is a fantastic solution to consider. These systems place homeowners in direct contact with security professionals, using an internal GSM radio to provide voice service. The built-in Z-wave RF protocol also provides homeowners with a powerful means of managing different products and appliances in their home, including the lighting, HVAC units, and an assortment of other items.
Keeping one’s home safe and secure should be a top priority for homeowners. By taking advantage of the myriad of different tools available, homeowners can make certain their homes never fall prey to nefarious burglars or criminals. While using high-tech tools may not be quite as fun as the gags in Home Alone, these sophisticated systems and resources will likely prove much more effective at keeping unwanted visitors permanently locked outside.
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Peter Wendt is a freelance writer and small business owner living in Austin, Texas. To keep his mind at ease, Wendt had a local Austin home security system company install a top-of-the-line security system at his home and business. He is very happy with th results and highly recommends using the same company.