Installing a security system is the most effective home security option and burglary deterrent. Sometimes, the mere placement of a sign advertising that your home is protected by a home security service can be enough to make some burglars pass by your home or think twice before committing the crime.
Some homeowners adorn their windows and their lawn with stickers and signs claiming their home is protected by an alarm system, when it actually isn’t. While these notifications can be a deterrent, many burglars may not be swayed by the ruse. Signs and stickers should be backed up with an actual system for true protection.
There are a number of reputable home security system service providers, such as ADT or Brinks that can install an alarm system and monitor your home for a monthly fee. A basic home security setup consists of a control panel for activating/deactivating the system, among other tasks, and a network of zones where sensors are placed at windows and doors. Motion sensors can also be used in addition to window and door sensors. When the system has been armed and a sensor is tripped, the alarm is activated locally (meaning a loud sound is heard in your home and by your neighbors) and authorities are notified.
Keep in mind that many security providers require that you sign a contract of service (three years, for example). There is usually a penalty for breaking the contract, but they can be transferred. Consider this when you are thinking about having a monitored system installed.
You can also install an alarm system yourself that only provides a local alarm inside your home. While this is often enough to scare away an intruder, you don’t have the extra coverage of home monitoring company. Depending on the population density of your neighborhood and the fortitude of a burglar’s nerves, a local-only alarm can be ignored or even decommissioned by a professional.