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The Best Home Security System is Common Sense

Updated on January 26, 2015
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Many homes install state of the art home security system and alarm systems. Of course they are expensive. And I understand the premium given to safety by many people. They are willing to spend a lot of money to ensure that their homes and their families are safe. Although there are many home security products in the market, the best home security system cannot be bought. You already have it you! The best system to protect your home is your common sense. Just remember that products and equipment are merely tools. It is your wits that can truly give protection when it counts the most.

Practical home security equipment reminders

Many surveillance system and home security systems are automated. This give you a certain level of protection without having to look check your equipment 24/7. Although they are automated, they still require some level of maintenance. So it is just important to keep these in mind:

If your alarm system runs on battery, it will run out of power eventually – it is just common sense to replace batteries and ensure there is ample power supply. Having back up power sources is recommended.

Proper placement of your surveillance equipment and alarm system is paramount to your homes security. For this reason, it would be a good move to study your homes layout –inside and out. Moreover, pay close attention to blind spots and possible points of entry. In the same manner, give time to check your security cameras’ field of view and camera angles. By taking these into consideration, you maximize your alarm system to your advantage.

Another important step in installing and using home security systems is to test them. Give them a dry run and see how it works. Moreover, adjust them accordingly based on your initial assessment. Of course a home security company can give you some assistance on this. But even the average Joe can tweak his system based on his needs – minus the cost.

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The best home security system with strangers

Believe it or not many homeowners are tricked in letting strangers into their house. Just recall the last time you let a maintenance person in your home? How about the last time you let security or even police into your property? Most encounters with strangers especially those with uniforms turn out uneventful. But are you willing to take the chance?

Just remember never to open the door for someone you do not know. The peephole in your main door has a purpose – you might as well use it. If it is possible take a look at the person from the window first. Likewise, if you must open the door make sure you have a chain lock still fastened so opening the door is still restricted. Furthermore, it would be a good idea to ask for identification and if possible a job order from their company. Since these documents can be faked, it would be prudent to call their office to verify their identity and their work. I did this once with a cop and it really irritated him. But you cannot be too careful nowadays. In my country, even the cops are notorious for being the bad guys.

I seem a little too much effort to do all these things. So it is understandable that many homeowners just let people in as long as they look the part. But I must insist that you give a little hint of doubt before strangers strut into your house. The best home security for strangers is prudence in letting people into your home.

Locking your doors and windows is simple.
Locking your doors and windows is simple.

Lock your doors and windows: A home security essential

This may seem to be an obvious home security tip but I assure you, many still leave their doors open (whether unintentionally or not). Suffice to say, it is in your best interest to lock your doors and windows.

This is most especially important when you are going out or when you retire for the night. Moreover, it is a wise decision to put several locks on your door. This way, when one lock fails, you still another to keep it shut. Another important reminder is to check other points of entry in your home. This includes backdoors, garage doors, windows and the like.

It is surprising how simple this home security tip is but it is an effective one. Of course intruders will look for ways to get into your home undetected. But that does not mean you will not give them a hard time. Plus, with a little investment in your time to ensure doors and windows are locked, you greatly improve your home’s security.

Trust your gut

Have there been instances when you gut tells you there is something wrong? Well, it pays to listen to this feeling. When there is a nagging and tingling sensation in you that bothers you, it’s either you go see a doctor or do something else. The point is, do something about it. Call it your sixth sense or heightened awareness or whatever; make sure you act on it. Of course you have to listen carefully. Your senses may be telling someone is trying to break in or perhaps you just need to go to the bathroom. Either way, you need to do something.

If you love your family, make sure you teach them how to improve your home's security.
If you love your family, make sure you teach them how to improve your home's security.

Teach and train

Another staple I home security is to teach and train everyone in your household what to do in different situations. This will help ensure safety and protection of everyone involved. This can be anywhere from dialing an emergency number to hiding in a safe place.

In addition, it is a good idea to spend some time to teach how to use different emergency equipment like the fire extinguisher. Another essential info your household should know is what to dial in case of an emergency. If you do not have a centralized emergency system in your community, them it pays to post emergency numbers for different situations – police hotline, ambulance service, fire station, animal control and others.

Moreover, if there is a need to evacuate the place, it is prudent for your family to know where to go. If you have an evacuation plan, make sure everyone knows about it. If there is an emergency bag that you need to take, everyone should know where it is and have the presence of mind to take it.

There is great value in teaching how to deal with emergency situations. This will save lives and ensure that everyone is safe.

Home security is an integral part of keeping a home. It goes beyond merely setting up surveillance cameras or installing a home alarm system. Rather, it is being prepared for different situations. When all things fail, the best home security system that you can rely on is your own common sense. If you have the survival mindset you can ensure a safe home for your family.

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there csmiravite-blogs

      It is nice to see you again here. Indeed my friend, the lack of preparation can be detrimental. Even the simplest tasks like locking the door or fixing locks can be a huge step in home security and protection. Stay safe my friend.

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      Consolacion Miravite 2 years ago from Philippines

      In the Inang Bayan, we need to be m0re careful with security as there are many unlawful elements roaming around. Not being ready can lead to dangers. There are now many cheap security systems in the market that we can buy so we can secure our family and our homes.

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there CatherineGiordano,

      I am glad you haven't faced any bad guys and I do hope yo don't. We get lots of Jehovah's Witnesses as well since there is a Kingdom Hall near our place.

      Several years back a group of robbers pretended to be Cable TV maintenance crew complete with van and equipment. they offered free testing of their cable services. But instead of cable people got robbed. In a weeks time they were able to get into a lot of homes.

      Be safe my friend.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I know that I am too trusting and open my door when I probably shouldn't. But so far I have not been visited by the "bad-guys" --just the Jehovah's Witnesses and the boy scouts selling candy. Thanks for the reminder to be careful. Delivery and maintenance people usually have a company truck. (That could be faked too, but it would be an awful lot of trouble for little gain in my modest neighborhood.)

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there Taranwanderer,

      I can understand your position about owning firearms. Responsible owners of firearms know how to safely keep weapons at home. But kids are indeed very creative. Although tazers as less lethal than guns, they can still be inflict damage and even be fatal for little children. Either way, proper safekeeping is important. But the bottom line is we have to be responsible for our own safety as win-winresources mentioned in his comment.

      Be safe my friend.

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      Taranwanderer 2 years ago

      Sage advice for anyone owning a home. I'm not a fan of guns, but I cannot fault those who carry. I'm afraid kids will get a hold of it; they are always more clever than adults think at each age. I'd rather keep a tazer or two...

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there win-winresources,

      Thank you for sharing your insights on this. Not everyone can legally carry a gun but I could I'd probably have one with me. I took self defense when I was young and have been practicing the disciplines for around 25 years now. During my spare time I teach grappling and self defense to teenagers in our community. It pays to know how to defend one's self and those that you love. Plus the discipline goes beyond kicking people's butts. Life skills are taught. This is why my wife and daughter are also training with me. In the end, more than just the skill, it is the presence of mind when bad things become worse.

      I do hope you don't have to draw your weapon and shoot someone. But if you must, do not hesitate and more importantly do not miss. Be safe my friend.

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      win-winresources 2 years ago from Colorado

      Indeed JP-

      The best personal security is being knowledgeable, prepared and personally aware.

      Now, let me make the next point. One I'm sure will light up many Hubpages readers. Each of us must realize that our personal security is our personal responsibility. We can not reasonably expect nor count on anyone else to protect us every minute of every day. So, take the steps necessary to protect yourself.

      Since I'm a pretty big fellow, who as a kid was taught martial arts, I always felt that I was reasonably safe. Now, some two score and ten years later, I find that my confidence to fend for myself (and wife) is best bolstered with a .40 caliber Glock. Both of us took the training, got our concealed carry permits and practice at the range twice a month.

      I am not going to be a victim. The simple reality is that the world is filled with punks who will hurt or kill you for $20 (or nothing more than the amusement value). Sure, I could be still injured or killed even with my pistol. But if I die defending my self, then there are worse ways to die.

      Now I know this all sounds very macho, that's not the intent, nor an accurate representation of my personal belief. It's a simple belief that I, first and foremost, am responsible for myself. I seek to stay away from potentially dangerous situations, and am alert and on guard. Nonetheless, there can be situations that evolve very quickly that can limit one's choices.

      When we were trained, the instructor summed up the philosophy as, "It's better to have your gun and not need it, than to need it and not have." Don't leave home without it.

      As an aside, I have been asked how often I expect to draw my pistol. I hope, and expect, never.