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Essential Security Measures

Updated on June 29, 2014

A brief overview

When it comes to home security, everyone knows that one of the best things you can do is to buy a burglar alarm to prevent an intruder from even attempting to enter your home. However, there are two situations in which having a pre-warning that someone may be entering your property can alert you to any potential problems.

Put your mind at ease

The first case would be for those that own a shop and are working solo or with just one more member of staff. There are many cases where if it’s a small shop that you may be in the back of the store, or perhaps if it’s something like a jewellers store, you’ll be wanting to know exactly when an individual comes through the door. A great way to do this is to use a perimeter alarm that also doubles up as a door alarm. When someone comes through the door, it simply emits a noise to let you know that you have a new visitor and can give you great peace of mind.

Alternatively, you could use it as a way to alert you if someone is entering your driveway. This is of particular use if you have a larger drive way leading up to your house. In cases like this, you’d usually be expecting someone visiting your property, and if for whatever reason someone was driving up without you having forewarning about it, a perimeter alarm can prevent you from being caught off guard. If in the unfortunate event that is someone driving to your house with less then honourable intentions then an alarm can really prepare you for this, and if you feel there is anything suspicious about the people coming to you, it will give you enough time to ensure that all the doors are locked in your house.

There are various alarms of this type available online and in stores. However a great option to choose is the optex 2000. This is a wireless system that works extremely well both indoors and out with there being stringent testing on its ability to detect people outside, something which other systems don’t always deal well with. Further, unlike other alert systems, the Optex 2000 has the ability to link up to 9 sensors to the receiver. The benefit of this is that you can strategically place these sensors around various places in your shop, or driveway if that’s the case of using it outside.

An ever expanding system

However, it’s a lot more than a system that will just emit a noise. It could be the case that you wish to use the system as a further way to deter intruders by having lights come on in your house should the sensor pick up movement. This is a great way to prevent burglar from entering your house since they’ll guess that you’ve heard them outside, turned on the lights and are fully prepared for them to come in. Of course, the lights will come on regardless if you are home or not but it is still a great deterrent.

Likewise, you could set up the sensors so that if you’re coming down your drive way at night and into your home, it’ll trip the alarms and turn on all the lights in the house of your choice for you so you won’t need to fumble around in the dark.

Even better, you can expand the system so that you can add more features to it further down the line. One such example is the ability to use relay switches so that it can automatically lock any doors or windows that have been accidentally left unlocked. This works via magnetic switches and could save you a lot of money in the long run. The reason behind this is that if you didn’t use this system and your door or window was left unlocked and an intruder came in, it would void your insurance and you wouldn’t be able to make a claim. However, with this system it’ll lock your house down, and if they still break in then you’ll be able to file an insurance claim on the basis that the house was secure and breaking and entering still occurred and therefore you won’t be out of pocket for this.


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